Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

Gary Indiana Indiana Indi-DUNES??

Video A:  “Gary Indiana” song from the production Music Man.



Just a footstep away (quite literally) from factories, steel plants, toxic spill sights, abandoned buildings, and decaying streets lies something one would not expect in such an abused landscape:  The Indiana Dunes.

Rolling sand dunes towering above vast marshlands are fully ablaze with colorful flowers-many of which are endangered – teem with life.  Shorebirds fly over wetlands and savannah’s and along pristine beaches of the South Shore of Lake Michgican.  The thorns of prickly pear cactus (Photo A) glisten in the noon-day sun, and the eerie sounds of Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) rustle mysteriously in the wind.

Photo A: Prickly Pair Cactus in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Natural wonders happen near and in places where people would never think to go.  I will be spending the next three months of my life working in one of the most polluted and overdeveloped areas in the United States.  I invite you to follow my blog, as I will be placing pictures filled with irony.

I also encourage you to find this sort of irony in your own backyards and local parks.


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