Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors

August Sunset

As we’re enjoying 40-degree nighttime temps, I thought I’d go back and pull some sunset photos from the slightly warmer temps of early August. This particular evening saw the Saugatuck Dunes State Park beach packed with sunset watchers, but I had plenty of space to myself north the North Trail section of the beach.

As I hiked through the woods, I came across this gnarly group of trees and spent a few minutes shooting it from different angles. This turned out to be the best of the group.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Making my way down the dunes nearing the water, I spent some time shooting the dune grass, which is always my favorite part of photographing at the beach.

Saugatuck Dunes State ParkI also had plenty of non-human company awaiting the sunset as I looked north towards the Holland lighthouse.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

This was one of those great evenings where the moon had already risen in the east just as the sun was setting to the west, making for great photographing in either direction.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park Saugatuck Dunes State ParkI did manage to get a few decent pictures of the dazzling sunset, and this was the highlight:

Saugatuck Dunes State ParkOne of the great pieces of advice that I sometimes see from landscape photographers is to turn around and look behind you, and I try to put this into practice while I’m walking or while composing. On this night, after I’d packed up from the sunset and was hiking back up the dunes toward the forest, I stopped, turned, and saw this incredible view, which is one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken in 2014.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park




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