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One Maple Tree – 22 Days

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Unlike the Kentucky Derby, watching spring unfold is a slow motion sport. But it’s still a sport of kings. Enjoy these six photos of the same maple tree taken over the course of 22 days.

The Blooming V’s

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The Viburnums and the Vacciniums are putting on a show at Bernheim at the moment. The Chinese snowball vaccinium pictured below can be found on the Two Ponds Loop trail and the doublefile viburnum can be viewed near the crosswalk from Holly Pond over to Mac’s Lake. Both are worth taking a moment to enjoy.

Controlled Fire Season – Over

Ronnie Moore helps lead a grassland burn.

This year the Bernheim natural areas department, with help from staff and select volunteers, completed 18 separate controlled burns. That’s a new record for Bernheim and a grueling task for the burn team. The burn season, which typically runs from mid-April to mid-May, got off to a slow start because of weather conditions but things […]

Earth Measure Update

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Sculptor Matt Weir, working with a crane crew, staff and others, has most of the largest stone pieces in place now for his monumental Earth Measure. At least all of the stones that required a crane are set in place. Now Matt will begin carving on the pieces working toward his final vision for the […]

Better Late than Never

Redbud - Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Both the crabapples and the redbuds are in the early stages of popping out at Bernheim over the next several days and weeks. If you like pinks and purples now would be a great time to consider a visit.

Bluebird Nest – Five Eggs

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Bernheim has been tracking the bluebird nest activity in a nest outside the Education Center for the past three years. As of 4-11-13 there are five eggs in the nest. We will track the nest activity and provide an update to this post once the young hatch and then fledge.

Earth Measure by Matt Weir – Installation Day One

Matt arrives to install Earth Measure.  Check out those Bernheim decals.

Sculptor Matt Weir, commissioned by an anonymous donor to develop a memorial for Barry Bingham Jr., is installing his massive Earth Measure at Bernheim over the next three days.  The sculpture is a landscape scale installation that includes monolithic geometric shapes constructed of limestone blocks milled at Indiana Limestone.  He is assisted by helper Ezra Kellerman, a […]

Red oak – 2012 vs 2013

April 9, 2013

These photos are of a red oak taken on the same day one year apart. April 9th, 2012 and 2013. The truck in the background of the 2013 picture belongs to sculptor Matt Weir. His sculpture Earth Measure, a memorial sculpture in honor of Barry Bingham Jr., is being installed today.