Midwest USA photos: Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota by Tom Dempsey
Favorite Midwest USA photos
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Favorite photos above include:
- Indiana (IN): Parke County, the “covered bridge capital of the world” (Burr Arch Truss, Mecca, Narrows, and Bridgeton Covered Bridges, Turkey Run State Park); beautiful Cataract Falls State Recreation Area and its 1876 Covered Bridge; Indianapolis Zoo animals; Conner Prairie Interactive History Park.
- Michigan (MI): Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising Falls, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Presque Isle River potholes, spinning foam cake, birch bark patterns, William Mitchell State Park, Lake Mitchell, Cadillac.
- Minnesota (MN): snow and water drops on orange, red, and yellow maple leaf color.
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IN: Indianapolis: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
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IN: Parke County: Covered Bridges, history
Parke County, Indiana, is the “covered bridge capital of the world.” View fascinating Turkey Run State Park: Sugar Creek, Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve, surprisingly scenic narrow (almost slot) canyons, boardwalks, hikers’ suspension bridge, and the 1841 Lusk Home. Covered Bridge photos include Bridgeton, Crooks, McAllister’s, Neet, Thorpe Ford, Roseville, Mecca, Narrows, and Cox Ford bridges. See the Case 1822 log cabin in Bridgeton Historic District, Parke County Courthouse in Rockville, and an orange sunset with silhouetted tree.
IN: Parke County: Turkey Run State Park
I was fascinated by Turkey Run State Park in historic Parke County. Bear Hollow Canyon is surprisingly scenic and narrow (almost like a slot). Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve is a National Park Service Registered Natural Landmark. Fun trails include boardwalks, stairs and ladders. See Sugar Creek Suspension Bridge. Cox Ford Covered Bridge was built in 1913 over Sugar Creek. The historic Lusk Home was built in Federal and Greek Revival style starting in 1841.
IN: Cataract Falls State Recreation Area
The attractive Cataract Falls State Recreation Area features Indiana’s largest-volume waterfall, located near Cloverdale (an hour southwest of Indianapolis). Bright autumn foliage colors glowed for Tom Dempsey’s photos below captured on October 21, 2015. Altogether, Cataract Falls drop a total of 86 feet including intermediate cascades. Mill Creek plunges 20 feet in the set of Upper Falls and a half a mile downstream the Lower Falls drops 18 feet. The park’s limestone outcroppings formed millions of years ago when the region was covered by a large shallow ocean. The 148-foot wooden Cataract Falls Covered Bridge was built in 1876 at the Upper Falls of Mill Creek (formerly known as Eel River) and was open to automobile traffic until 1988. The bridge now serves pedestrians and was extensively repaired starting in 2000. It is the only remaining covered bridge in Owen County.
IN: Indianapolis Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo is well worth a visit. Photos below by Tom Dempsey include:
- Inside the Dolphin Pavilion, admire these sea-going mammals from the intimate underwater viewing dome in the center of the main performance pool. The Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is also known as the Common Bottlenose Dolphin.
- East African Crowned Crane (or Crested Crane, Balearica regulorum gibbericeps).
- Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis).
- Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus).
- Addra Gazelle (Nanger dama), the world’s rarest gazelle.
- White rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum).
Photos from Michigan include: Presque Isle River potholes, cool geology along Lake Superior shoreline, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Lake of the Clouds, birch bark patterns, fall foliage colors, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Miners Castle, Sable Falls, Munising Falls, rounded pebbles), William Mitchell State Park, and Lake Mitchell, Cadillac.
Photos from Minnesota include: snow falling on late September fall foliage colors in Superior National Forest, Two Steps Falls, Baptism River, Tettegouche State Park, peeling tree bark pattern, water drops on maple leaves, Lake Superior, Temperance River State Park, and watermelon, squash, and pumpkin harvest at farmers’ markets.
North Dakota (ND)
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Recommended Midwest USA guidebooks
2011: 2010: 2009: 2012: 2009: 2010: History:
- Moon Michigan (Moon Handbooks, 2011) by Laura Martone
- Moon Minnesota (Moon Handbooks, 2010) by Tim Bewer
- Backroads & Byways of Michigan: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions (Backroads & Byways, 2009) by Matt Forster
- Moon Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Moon Handbooks 2012)
- Michigan Off the Beaten Path, 10th: A Guide to Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series, 2009) by Jim DuFresne
- The Dakotas Off the Beaten Path, 8th: A Guide to Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series, 2010) by Robin McMacken