Join Gary on a Scott Kelby sponsored Photo Walk October 1

Gary is leading a photo walk at the Pioneer Village in Spring Mill State Park on October 1, 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Each year Scott Kelby sponsors WorldWide PhotoWalk. I am happy to lead one in Pioneer Village. We will have lots of opportunities to make some great photos.

You can sign up (free other than park admission) here:

Pioneer Village in Spring Mill State Park

About This Walk

This walk will focus on the Pioneer Village in Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Indiana. This restored village was founded in 1814 and includes 20 historic buildings that are furnished with period items and tools. We will be able to wander through the village and those who want can hike to nearby Hamer Cave (a very short hike). Buildings in the village will be open and there will be demonstrations of pioneer fall harvest activities.

There will be historic interpreters in the buildings and some may be demonstrating skills such as weaving and leather craft. The mill operates every hour on the hour for a few minutes. Photo opportunities in the village are numerous. You may want to bring a polarizing filter, tripod, and a flash unit. If you are interested in photographing Mill Creek, then you might want to bring one or more neutral density filters to blur the motion of the water. Also, watch the weather as you may need rain gear to move between the buildings.

The walk around the village is on paved paths and the hike to the cave is on a well-worn trail. If you are going to hike, I would recommend a pair of light weight hiking shoes. There are many other trails and areas to explore in the park either before or after the walk.

Your leader is Gary R. Morrison. I grew up in Bedford and visited Spring Mill State Park often with my family. At that time, there was a boat dock on the lake and swimming area (the nature center was the bath house). I have fond memories of fishing from the boat dock and wandering through the village with my grandmother who knew of some of the owners of the buildings and grew up using the furnishings and tools. There is nothing like a first-hand history lesson! I am a professor emeritus of instructional design & technology at Old Dominion University in Virginia where I retired in 2014. My wife and I moved to Bloomington as soon as we could sell our home and buy a new one (actually sold our home twice in two weeks!). Since retiring, my focus has been on photographing the beauty of southern Indiana’s varying landscape. I regularly return to Spring Mill State Park to photograph the ever changing scenes.

If you have never had persimmon pudding or are a connoisseur like myself, the restaurant in the inn serves it year round!