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Indiana Eco-Traveler Update: May 21, 2017

Photobombed at Ritchey Woods; prehistory at Mounds State Park; eco-history at Davis-Purdue

Pitching my first tent in more than three decades will probably emerge over time as the most memorable experience from Summer 2017’s first overnight excursion last week. But there will be stiff competition from close encounters with two-, four-, and six-legged creatures; an old-growth forest too dense to penetrate; and a blockaded, razor-wired prison.

The two-day journey featured three permanently protected natural areas – Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve in Fishers, Mounds State Park just outside Anderson, the Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center Forest just outside of nowhere – and the Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area just outside the New Castle Correctional Facility.

At Ritchey I was photobombed by a pair of pink shoes. At the rest, I did the photobombing..

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Up next: Exploring the Wabash River Valley

While I may have to return once more to the White River Valley before I complete my research for the upcoming Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana, that phase of this new guide-writing journey is complete.

I've explored and photographed 15 natural areas from the Fern Cliff Nature Preserve in Putnam County to the Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center Forest in Randolph County and the Shrader-Weaver Nature Preserve in Fayette County -- all National Natural Landmarks.

Now it's time to return to the Wabash River Valley, where the Northern Indiana experience officially began last October at the Jackson-Schnyder Nature Preserve. It unofficially began in Summer 2016 at the Portland Arch Nature Preserve -- yet another National Natural Landmark. Northern Indiana has several.

I'll begin at the Black Rock Barrens area south and west of Lafayette, which feaures 100-foot bluffs on the Wabah. From there, I'll pursue Indiana's official State River northeast to its historic portage at Fort Wayne, shooting two dozen natural areas along the way.

After that, the northern lakes and northwestern dunes and prairies await.


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.


 

 

Natural Bloomington continues to evolve

From ecotours
to nature books

Natural Bloomington's transition from ecotourism to nature book publishing continued in 2016 with publication by IU Press in April of A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana and the signing of contracts for two more books.

Ongoing projects, which will be documented on this site, include a Northern Indiana guidebook companion to the Southern Indiana project and a coffee table book tentatively titled The Hoosier National Forest: Rewilding Southern Indiana.

We - owner Steven Higgs and family and friends who support the Natural Bloomington Mission in so many ways - will still arrange ecotours on request.

But the emphasis for the next two years will be exploriong solo what little is left of the unexpected natural beauty that is still to be found in Indiana, north and south.

A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana features anecdotes, directions and photographs of 119 natural areas between I-70 and the Ohio River. 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 copy and support the Natural Bloomington mission, click here.


Mission

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


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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