|A view of the Wabash River from atop a tree-lined bluff. |
Overlooking the river, it's easy to imagine a time when Native Americans roamed this land, and white explorers paddled down this river.
|We weren't the only ones visiting the river today!|
|Calm waters today. |
The lack of rain lately made it possible for us to venture out to the
middle of the river and rest on a stoney "island."
Many of Indiana's forest tree species, like oaks, sycamores, maples, and elms, have lifespans of an average of 200 years. And since the Native Americans occupied this area until 1846 (166 years ago), it is very conceivable that these trees shared this land with the Miami tribes who lived along the Wabash River.
While playing down at the river, Hank found the shell of a river mussel. It is not uncommon to find dozens of these freshwater shells littering the banks of the Wabash.
|Mussels are simple creatures kept safe by two oblong shells connected by a hinge. |
There are 47 different freshwater mussel species found in Indiana, of which 24 are
considered federally or locally endangered.
|Turkey Tail fungi is a type of decay fungus, feeding on rotten wood.|
|These dry flower husks also resemble the mussel shell shape.|
As usual, down every path we found many interesting shape patterns and textures in the foliage:
|I love how these leaves appear to be lined up, one in front of the other.|
|We were thankful for a cooling breeze on this hot day.|
You can see evidence of the breeze in these blowing leaves.
|Compound leaves, small and brilliant green|
|Patterns even appear in the shadows!|