Morning Reflections – Looking at the world upside down from three different locations. First one was captured on a misty morning at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Valparaiso, Indiana. Autumn brought out the beauty of bare trees at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue NW on the second shot. Last, ripples of reflections on the Great Marsh – Indiana Dunes National Park.
This is a marvelous trail for an easy stroll and bird watching.
The Mnoke Prairie trail combines with the Little Calumet River Trail. The short version of the hike starts at the Bailly Homestead and goes along the Little Calumet River for about a mile before coming to a fork on the path. A sign to the left marks the start of the Mnoke Prairie. The looped trail from this point is slightly less than one mile long.
A visit to Chellberg Farm starts on a tree lined trail. If you just keep walking about one half mile you’ll catch a glimpse of the farmhouse. Get off the main trail a little bit and take a right to get a lovely view of the prairie, some cows, pigs and the garden. Early mornings are often filled with sunshine breaking through the fog. On this day, I happened to run into Mr. and Mrs Chellberg, all dressed in their gardening clothes as the watched over their lovely flowers, fruits, and veggies of all varieties.
After some overnight thunderstorms, a dampness hung in the air as I headed out to the trails at the Indiana Dunes National Park. Spent a little bit of time at the garden at Chellberg Farm where the tomatoes are almost ready for picking. From there, I hiked over to the Mnoke Prairie and enjoyed glorious morning dewdrops reflecting the sunshine.
My favorite spot on the Pinhook Trail of the Indiana Dunes National Park is standing on the bridge, looking across this scene. This is right about halfway into the loop trail and the spot that I still look forward to getting to. As many times as I’ve been here, the setting is the same but the backdrop changes continuosly depending on the light. Sometimes there are birds in the water and other times not. Reflections too are there on sunny days but not so much on gray days. Beauty is one thing that is consistent. Fall, winter, spring, or summer, beauty can be found along the trails.
Landscapes from the Indiana Dunes National Park – four different trails. First, along Dunbar Beach sits one of five homes from the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago exhibit of the Century of Progress Historic District. Next, a place to rest on the Chellberg Farm. Below that, the perfect place to enjoy a sunrise is from the top of the Dune Ridge trail. Morning reflections stand out along the the Great Marsh trail. Last one is another part on the Chellberg Farm trail exposes the light and shadows of morning light.
Five scenes from one morning on one trail on the Indiana Dunes National Park. Enjoyed the quietness of Central Beach earlier this week before moving on to the sandy trails through the greenness of the forest. After a couple of days of rainfall, the wildflowers were taking in the sunshine and so was I.