Big Walnut Creek - A National Natural Landmark
That the Big Walnut Creek Valley is a natural wonder is evidenced by the fact that the U.S. Park Service designated 502 acres of it a National Natural Landmark (NNL) nearly a half century ago. By its 1968 designation, that means Big Walnut contains "outstanding biological and geological resources."
"The site contains one of the few stands in Indiana where beech, sugar maple, and tulip poplar grow on alluvial Genesee soil and includes relict species of a postglacial forest that occupied the area 5,000 to 6,000 years ago," the Park Service says.
And the recognition doesn't end there. Last Wednesday, I hiked through two Dedicated State Nature Preserves -- Big Walnut/Tall Timbers Trail Unit and Hall Woods -- and alongside a bean field to find a third -- the Hemlock Ridge Nature Preserve -- too overgrown to negotiate. The three are located along a six-mile stretch of the Big Walnut on either side of Bainbridge, a one-light town west of Danville with a population smaller than its zip code, 736 and 765.
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.
American Council of the Blind Ecotour
The Bloomington Herald-Times feature a cover story on the Outdoors Page about Natural Bloomington's July 18 ecotour with members of the American Council of the Blind.
Natural Bloomington welcomes the opportunity to lead groups on ecotours during any season of the year.
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