A colleague of mine recently asked if Door County has become my go-to place. Hadn’t really thought of it that way but did realize we’ve visited there several times since moving here. There does seem to be quite a bit of photo-material there, changing with the seasons.
Door County is that narrow thumb sticking out eastward from Wisconsin into Lake Michigan. Because trade via the Great Lakes was such an important route prior to railroads this part of the state was site of many small ports and supporting villages. From mining to forestry to farming the area has seen much change as different ethnic groups settled and thrived there.
Overall the county is pretty thinly populated, once the tourists go home. Weekends are crowded but during the week things settle down a bit. There are still many natural areas in the county, including an actual wilderness area in the northern part. With water, rocks and trees abounding there is usually a good view somewhere.
There is an overlook in the state park that has a clear view across to the town. This was just right for the position of sun and moon, enough light to make the houses visible as the moon rose over the ridge behind them.
Sunrise with a strong wind coming ashore, driving waves at least 5-6′ high. Fortunately the rocks are immune to the breeze even as the trees sway.
I have no idea why the highway engineers laid out the road this way but it certainly attracts photographers. Just about every gift shop in the county has some image of this hanging for sale. I’m standing with a crowd of probably a dozen people, all waiting their turn for this spot and for all the cars to clear out.