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. . .
beautiful little trails meandering through the forest. . .
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. . .
Dave walking out towards Lake Michigan
and the Lower Harbor Range Light. . .
standing on the Lake Michigan side looking back towards
the Upper Harbor Range Light. . .
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. . .
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. . .
I hope you will check it out if you are in the area. . .
‘til next time,
Janice and Dave