Planning the adventure, following the glaciers
I am once again relying on the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) for perspective in my Northern Indiana guidebook, reusing a quote in the Southern Indiana version: “No other event since the extinction of the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago can compare to the Ice Age in terms of the profound effect it had on our landscape and the natural environment in which we live today.”
That quote assumed more relevance this week as I began mapping the year’s guidebook travels. Exploring what scant little there is left of the Northern Indiana landscape encountered by French voyagers in 1670s is indeed experiencing the remnant effects of the “rivers of ice,” to cite the IGS again, which have repeatedly advanced and retreated over the Northern Indiana landscape the past 700,000 years.
When I photograph the Cedar Creek in the Dustin Nature Preserve in Huntertown, for example, that Natural, Scenic, and Recreational River's water will be following a course that was set some 13,000 years ago, when the last retreating Wisconsin Glacial ice sheets left behind a ridge of glacial debris known as the Fort Wayne Moraine.
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.
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.