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Former Bernheim Artist in Residence, Ray K. Metzker dies, at the age of 83

Photograph by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen

Ray K. Metzker was a daring and brilliant photographer who challenged the notions of black and white photography. Metzker was able to capture images of people on the urban streets of American cities and create photographs of “everyman” while doing so with the eye of an artist. He manipulated images, often creating abstraction and modernist motifs … [Read more]

Walnut Preparing for Winter

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This year has been an amazing "mast" year.  Mast is a term biologists give to hard nuts and fleshy fruits that are produced in differing abundance from year to year.  Here are two photos of a lone walnut that sits just outside of the big prairie as it drops its leaves and nuts in preparation for winter.  The top photo is from September 12th and the … [Read more]

Research Blog Series: It’s a Snail’s World

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Our research indicates that there are more than 77 species of snails at Bernheim. Why does that matter? Because snails are what we call an indicator species. In essence, snail diversity equals habitat diversity and quality since many animals eat snails. If snails are in abundance, it’s a strong indication that other wildlife is thriving at Bernheim … [Read more]

Fall Fun and Free Play

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Have you heard the news? Southern Living Magazine has named Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest among the South’s 10 best places to enjoy fall color. Our loyal visitors like you already knew that, but to celebrate, why not plan a visit this first weekend in October to see fall’s splendor and enjoy some of Bernheim’s great programs and events? … [Read more]

A New Sculpture Appears

Artist Myung Gyun You's 2014 sculpture, Photosynthesis. It is located adjacent to the Visitor Center.

During August and September of 2014 artist Myung Gyun You created a large outdoor sculpture titled Photosynthesis at the Artist Studio on the shore of Lake Nevin. The artist is known for his enormous, organic installation works, which he states, “explore the relationship between natural order and human society.” He contemplates the notion that … [Read more]

Writers-in-Residence Reading

Bernheim’s Writers-in-Residence Program hosted two published authors this summer. Margaret Kimball and Christian Moody sought inspiration from our ecologically protected land and now you can hear the results. Join us for a public reading of their work this Sunday, September 28 at 3pm at the Bernheim Visitors Center. This event is free and … [Read more]