GREENWICH, Conn. -- The natural grandeur of the Mianus River Gorge will be on view from March 12 through June 5 at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.
Three years ago, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding, Mianus River Gorge Inc. gave renowned photographer William Abranowicz unrestricted access to the Gorge preserve for a year. While the Gorge is open only seasonally to most visitors, Abranowicz was able to photograph in the preserve through all four seasons and create a record of nature’s annual cycle in this timeless forest.
Selected photographs from Abranowicz’s experience are on view for the first time in the exhibition "Mianus River Gorge: Photographs by William Abranowicz." The photographs also are featured in a book of the same name, published to mark the organization’s anniversary.
Abranowicz's photographs enable viewers already familiar with the gorge a chance to see the landscape year-round, including when it is closed to the public for the winter season -- when the frozen trails crunch underfoot and the ice-covered river meanders through the deep hemlock valley.
The photographs also give viewers who have never visited the gorge a real sense of what it is like to walk in this protected place, a place of rushing water, abundant wildlife and ancient trees.
The Mianus River Gorge is a 1000-acre island of forest and fields in suburban Westchester and Fairfield counties, a rare, surviving remnant of the original, primeval forest found by Colonial explorers.
Steeped in history, the Mianus River Gorge is the first land project of The Nature Conservancy. It is also the nation’s first registered natural landmark, as designated by the federal government in 1964.
Founded in 1953, Mianus River Gorge Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
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