Creeping Juniper, Juniperus horizontails growing on the sand dunes
The south unit of the Illinois Beach State Park was and is still closed to the public, so unfortunately I couldn't walk around as I expected when we came to this dune biotope the last day of July this summer.
During a short walk close to the resort I at least met the creeping juniper, Juniperus horizontalis, at the sand dunes together with Flowering Spruge, Euphorbia corollata, Purple Prairie Clover, Dalea purpurea, and Cylindrical Blazingstar, Liatris cylindracea.
As I was not allowed to walk in the area I instead drove some few miles north to the Chiwaukee Prairie in Kenosha in Wisconsin. But that's another story.
The shore of Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach in Zion
Flowering Spruge, Euphorbia corollata
Trees and branches are fallen and the area is closed for visitors
The result of the summer storm