While the hot, dry weather this summer may be withering the native blooming plants, the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., has a new photography exhibit that will restore your faith in summer’s beauty.
On June 23, 2012, the Foundation unveiled Bloom! The Story Of Ecosystem Restoration, a photography exhibit by professional photographer Tom Lynn. In 2011 Lynn began photographing the native plants in bloom and the panoramas of the Foundation’s 160-acre property just north of Baraboo, Wis. Aldo Leopold noted in his A Sand County Almanac that as many as a dozen native plants bloom in a day in June, averaging 10 a day coming into bloom from April until September.
The exhibit, which runs through June 2, 2013, documents a year of blooms in the landscapes that tell the story of 30 years of restoration work to covert a working farm to its roots as prairie, savanna, wetland and woodland communities. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to conserve ecosystems like these on which cranes depend.
View the Bloom! exhibit, hike the Foundation’s nature trails, join a guided tour to see all 15 crane species, which reside there year-round, browse the gift shop and take a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area. The Foundation is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 15 to Oct. 31. Admission for adults is $9.50, for those more than 62 it is $8.00.
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