Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Southern Indiana is rather lovely.

(I started writing this entry long ago, and am finally revisiting, revising, and posting it! Tah-dah!)

A few weeks ago, Matt and I took a little trip down to New Harmony~ I had been there twice before and wanted to show him around, but there were some fabulous surprises in store for both of us... New Harmony is lovely, but we also found two other spot just a little farther South that made us EXTRA-SPECIAL happy.

Matt had discovered a place called Twin Swamps a couple of years ago~ he just happened to stumble across an article written by a grad student, and was intrigued. It seems that the Northernmost stand of Bald Cypress trees is there. We found it, but it's in a spot that you'd miss if you weren't specifically looking for it. We walked along the trail, some of which is covered by a walkway because the ground is marshy (which is why the cypress trees are able to grow there) and it was magical~ we were the only ones there.

We were just far enough to the South that there were all sorts of things growing that can't grow here, and I was mesmerized by all the little treasures I was finding. Some of them were completely new to me, and others were just different versions of familiar doodads. (I'm easily amused.)

After exploring Twin Swamps, we stopped at Hovey Lake. We had passed it on our way and decided that it was imperative that we investigate. And OMG, as they say. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Ever.

The trees at Twin Swamps were gorgeous, and it was really cool to be able to see the trunks and root formations up close. But there are many more in Hovey Lake, standing out in the water, and it's just WOW.

It was colder than average during our visit, so we were lucky enough to have the lake to ourselves, too. There are lots of water birds there, and I think we'll go back in the spring for a canoe adventure...

Well, I have more to share, but the baby is up from his nap and I don't want to set this post aside for another three weeks, so I'll just publish as is. Consider a visit to these spots!


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