Down on my knees up on Miller Ridge

In any given March, Miller Ridge in Brown County is remote, high, relatively dry and, like forestlands across Southern Indiana, displays the first signs of re-awakening woodland life -- greenbriar, lichens and wildflowers, for starters. Towering 300 feet above the Crooked and Panther Creek Valleys, it's also a good workout.

This March, Miller was the perfect place to experiment with my new photo system. I used Saturday's three-hour trek along the Tecumseh Trail on the 900-foot elevation ridge as an opportunity to shoot closeups with my macro lens. The blossoming toothworts, phlox and beauties of spring that spot the warming forest floor, on both the ridge tops and the valley floors, served as the experimental subjects.

The 60mm focal length meant falling to my knees and elbows to capture these miniature forms of herbaceous plant life, an activity I wasn't relishing as I parked my 2001 Accord in the small lot on Crooked Creek Road. Honestly, I walked by the first few petals I saw along the trail. But that wasn't only because of anticipated discomfort.

Saturday's hike was another chapter of my ongoing Hoosier National Awareness Project, and I'm not exactly sure where the Hoosier portion of Miller Ridge begins. The Crooked Creek Trailhead, which leads to the end of the 42-mile Tecumseh, begins in Yellowwood State Forest and at some point crosses into and ultimately ends in the Hoosier.

The Miller section is part of a vast block of the Hoosier National that includes backcountry areas with names like Porter and Bad Hollows, abuts Brown County State Park and extends east to Nebo Ridge. The Tecumseh ends in the Hoosier, but I've not hiked to the sign that declares the endpoint. [Getting down to the U.S. Forest Service office in Bedford and grabbing a detailed Hoosier map has moved to the top of my to-do list.]

From looking at the topo map of Miller Ridge, I'm sure I was in the Hoosier when I did get down on the ground with the wildflowers. And it was worth it. I posted a Photo Album from the effort.

Photographs: Hoosier National Forest, Miller Ridge.

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