Brown County State Park Photos

Do you know one of those people who have parties so that they have a captive audience to view a slideshow of their vacation photos? I could potentially be one of those people if I had a projector or a really big computer monitor.We got our first digital camera six years ago (back in the dinosaur age for digital cameras) and I never looked back to the old way of taking pictures. It's almost to the point of obsessive compulsive behavior. I *must* take about 15 shots of the exact same thing to make sure I got at least one decent shot. Gone are the days of paying for film and processing that used to hold me back from taking approximately 5 billion photos a year. Now the only thing holding me back is the size of my hard drive. I recently upgraded, so I should be good to go for at least another year.
It should come as little shock that I took approximately 350 pictures during our 3 days at Brown County State Park. The shocking part is I pared down the number of photos to share to 7. I try not to bore people with too many details. However, if you beg enough, I might be able to find a couple more to share. LOL!
The first photo is just a generic shot of one of the several scenic overlooks in the park. This one is located behind the Nature Center. Just beyond that little deck is a fairly steep drop off. I took this photo just before we went on a hike guided by a park employee. It was the first time we went on a guided hike in the six years we've been taking our annual autumn trip. I figured doing it was educational and we could count it as a field trip and therefore a school day. The guided tour was so much more than I could have hoped for. We learned a tremendous amount about identifying trees and plants and about the history of the park. It was defintely worth every second of our time.
When we got back from the guided tour, the kids needed to use the facilities. As I sat waiting for them, I noticed the wedding party at this same scenic overlook getting photos taken. I thought "oh, how sweet!" and snapped a couple pictures:
Then, to my amazement (mostly at his stupidity...I mean daring), the photographer gets up on the railing of the deck overlooking the steep drop-off and starts pointing, and giving directions and taking photos. It was definitely a highlight of the trip. I took several pictures of him (and if I knew the people getting married, I would send them copies):
After the guided hike and watching the crazy photographer, the kids and I went for a 2 mile hike on a trail we've never taken. It had some really neat topography and in one section the trees were completely different than the rest of the park. DD (who is 7) mostly whined, complained, and gave me lots of grumpy faces (which I love to photograph-just wait until she has kids...Bwahahaha)
However, I happened to notice these most unusual tree roots. They reminded me of dino jaws. It was almost like the soil and rock was eroding away to show a portion of a T-Rex jaw. Miracle of all miracles, it was a big hit and there were smiles all around while we discussed renaming the trail from Trail 6 to something more clever like...Dinosaur Jaws. LOL!
The next day we did our annual 2 mile hike on Trail 2. There are certain things we do every single year. We cannot veer off course, or there will be major rebellion on our hands. Hiking Trail 2 is one of those things. The other traditions include going into Nashville for a few hours to buy an ornament from the Holly Shop. We always get something that somehow signifies a theme for that particular year. When we get home, we write Brown County and the year we got it.
Once we get our ornament, we get lunch at HobNob Corner Restaurant , then walk down the block and get some fudge. Occassionally we will walk around and look at galleries, but usually not. We go to Brown County every year for the park, family togetherness, and the traditions we've created, not to go shopping in Nashville the entire time. However, this year we skipped lunch and fudge. That went over like a bunch of lead balloons, but we got an ornament and hiked trail 2. Mission almost accomplished.
This photo is part of the tradition of Trail 2. Called the North Lookout Tower, Trail 2 goes right past it. We always climb the 100 or so stairs (or maybe it just feels like 100 after hiking for a mile or so?) to get to the tower and "lookout" over the view. The kids and DH always sit on the stone wall of the lower level of the tower and I always take their picture. I try to avoid getting my picture taken.
The most important part of our Trail 2 experience is getting the family photo sitting on this particular stone bridge. We've done it every single year. You would think that this being our 6th year I would remember to take a tripod. But nooooooo....I guess trying to hang the camera at the correct angle from a tree, setting the timer and then DH running back to get in the picture just in time is part of the tradition. However, after about the 5th time of doing this, a couple came up to us on the trail and (thankfully) offered to take our picture. It is the best one yet. They even took two of them in case one didn't turn out so good. It's not quite up to my standard of 15, but it turned out great. This is us. We aren't glamorous (I wasn't even wearing make-up!), but that's the way I like it. I'm even wearing a Beads of Courage t-shirt!
This is just a fun picture I took of a Timber Rattlesnake in the Nature Center. These are endangered in the state of Indiana. If you see one in Indiana, let the state or county park system closest to its location know where you saw it.

Comments

Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson

I really enjoyed reading about your trip and photography. But the highlight was seeing a family together. That always makes me smile.Marcy

Jennifer Cameron

Thanks Marcy! This is the one trip everyone in the family loves most. We went to Disney this year and it doesn't even compare.

Kristen Andrews

what a great park! the photographer made me nervous just looking at the pic!

Lisa Atchison - Touch of Glass Designs

Hi Jen, What a beautiful family you have!! The kids are getting so big. It looks like you had a wonderful trip ~ thanks for sharing!!

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