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Eco-Travel Update - Nov. 27, 2016

A new phase: Chasing eagles at Summit Lake State Park

I’ve been planning to focus more on birds as I explore natural Northern Indiana. And November is peak bird season at Summit Lake State Park, which, along with its Nature Area, are well-known stopovers on migratory bird flights. But I knew I was underequipped for a bird expedition there last Monday.

I’ve only dabbled in avian photography, albeit with surprising results, so I have little technique. And my 70-300 zoom lens wasn’t up to the task. (As part of the bird plan, I had a camera store friend in Indy on the lookout for the one I needed.) But I figured with sun, sky, clouds and 800 acres of water, a trip to rural Henry County would be productive, bird-ready or not.

So, after capturing the previsualized waterscapes from a couple lakeshores inside the park, we drove outside to the Nature Area, which is separated by a county road and requires permission to explore. Just as I spotted a well-used parking area on the preserve’s southern perimeter, Raina saw the bald eagle roosting in a roadside tree, overlooking the 2,680-acre state park’s 800-acre lake of the same name.

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Nature Photo eBook - This is Indiana?

Natural Bloomington is pleased to announce release of our first Nature Photo eBook This is Indiana? - The Natural Bloomington Journey: 2013-2015.

This is Indiana? is a photographic retrospective of Natural Bloomington's first three years and features 105 hi res, full-color images of the Southern Indiana landscape from the Switzerland Hills to the Southwest Lowlands.

You can download a copy of This is Indiana? for free. A $10 contribution is requested.


Past Events

Nature Photography Ecotour - Fall Colors Edition

Natural Bloomington would like to thank Bloomington-based landscape photographer Gary Morrison and the dozen guests who joined our Nature Photography Ecotour - Fall Colors Edition on Oct. 10 in Brown County. As they all can attest, the day was both informative and fun.

Gary, an Indiana University graduate who retired to Bloomington to pursue his passion for landscape photogtaphy, shared his knowledge and tips on equipment and technique in the classroom at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, where he is an artist-in-residence.

He continued his tutelage on hikes around the Steele grounds and alongside the Crooked Creek marshes in southwestern Brown County.

Click here for a Photo Album from the day.


 

 

Give Eco-Travel for Christmas

And support 
Sycamore Land Trust!

For every copy of A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana sold through this page only, Natural Bloomington will donate a percentage to support the work our friends at Sycamore Land Trust do to protect our state's precious natural character.

Sycamore is a private, nonprofit conservation organization that preserves nearly 9,000 acres of Southern Indiana landscape, from the hills of Brown County to the Evansville swamps.

A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana features anecdotes, directions and photographs of 119 natural areas between I-70 and the Ohio River, many Sycamore properties. Here's what author James Alexander Thom said in the Foreword.

"In this guidebook, Steven Higgs has compiled and written a hundred times more good, useful information about my native state's natural treasures than I ever learned in eighty years of crawling, hiking, riding, swimming, and paddling all over them.”

To purchase a book and support Sycamoe Land Trust, click here.


Mission

Natural Bloomington's mission is to celebrate and share Southern Indiana's natural beauty through image, prose and ecotourism.


Evolving focus: From Ecotours to Eco-Travel

To reflect the changing nature of my work through Natural Bloomington, I have begun refocusing the project from Ecotours and More to Indiana Eco-Travel

More soon.


Ecotourism

Through our Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours, Natural Bloomington subscribes to the principles set down by the International EcoTourism Society for “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."

Natural Bloomington welcomes the opportunity to lead groups on ecotours during any season of the year.

Contact us for information
on our guide services.

info@NaturalBloomington

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