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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Ridges Sanctuary and Nature Preserve–Bailey’s Harbor - Wisconsin


My main objective for visiting  the  Ridges Sanctuary and Nature Preserve
was because the Yellow Lady’s Slippers were supposed to be blooming there
and I wanted to see them growing in the wild. . .
but wow. . .this place is so much more than that. . .
the trails - Wildflowers of Wisconsin - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
beautiful little trails meandering through the forest. . .
Dwarf Lake Iris only grows in the Great Lakes Area - is the State Flower of Michigan - and is considered a threatened species - Wildflowers of Wisconsin - The Ridges Nature SanctuaryDwarf Lake Iris only grows in the Great Lakes Area - is the State Flower of Michigan - and is considered a threatened species - Wildflowers of Wisconsin - The Ridges Nature SanctuaryDwarf Lake Iris only grows in the Great Lakes Area - is the State Flower of Michigan - and is considered a threatened species - Wildflowers of Wisconsin - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
where you would come up on patches of Dwarf Lake Iris,
which only grow in the Great Lakes Area,
and are considered a threatened species. . .
how fortunate to see them at peak blooming season. . .
David walking toward Lake Michigan and Bailey's Harbor Lower Range Light - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
Dave walking out towards Lake Michigan
and the Lower Harbor Range Light. . .
Bailey's Harbor Upper and Lower Range Lights - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
standing on the Lake Michigan side looking back towards
Bailey's Harbor Upper Range Light - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
the Upper Harbor Range Light. . .
Bailey's Harbor Lower Range Light - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
as the ships would enter the harbor,
they would line up the two lights,
which would help guide them between the rocky outcroppings. . .
as we hiked out along the beach road. . .
we found what we had come looking for. . .
Yellow Lady's  Slipper - the Slipper Orchids - Wildflowers of Wisconsin - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
the yellow Lady’s Slipper. . .I am so in love. . .this is just beyond stunning to me!
and the ladies at the Ridges Sanctuary Store said that they are blooming
profusely at one of the County Parks on the Bay Side,
so we will be making a trip up there this next week. . .


It was worth the $5 entry fee PP to help support this organization,
and to see a few beautiful, uplifting sights. . .
including the antics of a couple of red squirrels. . .
Red Squirrels - The Ridges Nature Sanctuary
I hope you will check it out if you are in the area. . .
‘til next time,
Janice and Dave