If you ever want a neat getaway within the Great Lakes, hit The Ridges Sanctuary on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin. I just spent the day there, and wish I had scheduled another. This place is loaded with all manner of flora and fauna, and without doubt is one of the richest sites for biological diversity anywhere on the lakes.
I was there to see the federally endangered Hine's Emerald dragonfly, and was not disappointed. But lots of other cool stuff, both plants and animals, were seen and I shot some 330 photos within The Ridges today. But for now, some dragonflies.
The Ridges is an interesting dune and swale system of fens hard along Baileys Harbor, a picturesque inlet along the Wisconsin shoreline of Lake Michigan. A private holding, The Ridges encompasses some 1,400 acres of fascinating habitats easily accessible by a series of trails.
The above photo shows one of the sandy dry ridges that bisects the low wet swales. This is the habitat to look for the emeralds, and we saw numerous individuals flying along that trail. At times, a dragonfly would head right at us at head level, huge green eyes glistening, and dart within a foot of us. Truly spectacular, and a must-do experience for any dragonfly enthusiast!