This photo essay looks back at the devastation caused by the storm on Aug. 2, 2015, that ravaged Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and where we are today.

What happens to the urge to make art about the landscape when the landscape changes dramatically? When the natural world brings about a storm that uproots old trees and rearranges them into insurmountable tangles? Or, paints the sky in eerie hues of green and black? Or, throws a spanner into the picture-worthy perfection depicted on so many canvases?

Painting by Hank Feeley It has been said that to survive a winter in Northern Michigan you need to have balls of ice.

Sun co-editor Mike Buhler took these photos of the destruction to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Glen Arbor area following the Aug. 2 megastorm.

One-year-old Caleb Byrd, from Hartland, Mich., enjoys an apple on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The Byrd family parked at the Dune Climb, biked to Glen Arbor and lunched at the Good Harbor Grill. They had no trouble finding parking in Glen Arbor, even on July 1. Photo by Bridget Byrd

Leelanau’s ice caves are back. They’re not as gigantic or awe-inspiring as the 2014 ice caves that formed near Gill’s Pier between Leland and Northport, but they have nonetheless garnered the attention of nationwide media. Glen Arbor resident Eric LaPaugh took this video on Feb. 16 of ice caves that had formed in Sleeping Bear Bay, just outside Glen Arbor. The lucky find has attracted free publicity for his company Leelanau Adventures, which offers guided tours of lesser known spots in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Despite frigid temperatures that approached 0 degrees (Fahrenheit) Glen Arbor didn’t cancel its 15th annual Winterfest celebration, on Saturday, Feb. 14.. The perch fishing contest, facilitated by the Sportsman Shop, and the chili cook off next-door at Boone Dock’s drew the heartiest of souls. Don Miller took the following photos of the event.

As nearly 50 sailboats competed in a National race last week, spectators and participants enjoyed the beautiful sights and fast pace of races in the center of Glen Lake. The Butterfly Nationals were hosted by the Glen Lake Yacht Club, and featured the Butterfly, a 12-foot, two-crew, one-design scow that many Great Lakes sailors first skipper as they learn the skills of sailing. Held annually, this is the third time that the GLYC has hosted the event.

Art’s Tavern Tim Barr reports that “Art’s will be closed from Monday night, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. until breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, for re-varnishing the bar and other maintenance tasks. “Merry Christmas to all!” he says.