Crow’s Grove, found in rural Warren County, is one of 47 properties under the care of NICHES Land Trust. This 34-acre preserve is a beautiful place to explore with a lush woodland containing a large variety of vegetation on the high ground, and an easily accessible canyon carved into the sandstone by a meandering stream. The canyon walls, which can reach 25 – 30 feet, have interesting textures and pockets where ferns and mosses have established themselves.
The fog that formed this early morning, helped create the scene that I was hoping for. All the sounds from the creek, birds, and insects seemed to be somewhat muted, until the startling sound of a nearby Barred Owl totally distracted my attention. A distraction like that brings a smile your face. The larger boulder in the stream creates a good focal point, with the dead tree leading your eye back to the wall.