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Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve – Day 1

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve

Recently, my wife introduced me to a new park that I’ve not been to before – Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, which is on Lake Michigan just north of Milwaukee. While this first trip was short, it was quickly apparent that this park required a number of visits to fully explore.

I spent 3 days in the park, each day exploring a different area of the park. On my first visit, I discovered the bluffs over Lake Michigan, with stunning vistas to the north and to the south. This photo is taken looking to the south, from the south edge of the park. The sky was filled with interesting clouds, adding to visual impact of the scene. There are no rails along the bluff, just numerous footpaths leading to the edge, overlooking a narrow beach below.

Walking inland from the bluff, I found wild flowers, butterflies, and much more.

Bog at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve

What I quickly fell in love with, though, was this bog located just inside the park. Home to numerous waterfowl, the bog was covered with a thick skin of green moss, covered with speckles of white feathers left behind by the waterfowl. Sticking out of the moss are tree stumps, branches, and more.

Due to time constraints, I left the bog for further exploration on another day, and I’ll post some of those pictures soon. For now however, this first short trip had to end, with the promise of another trip at sunrise the next morning.

Additional pictures from day 1 can be seen by clicking here.

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