What is a Draw?My photos are just a quick once-over from a short visit. For a more comprehensive photo portfolio spanning various seasons, check out The Elemental Landscape, the website of Madison photographer Mike Bailey, whose terrific photos of Hemlock Draw are accompanied by text giving more information. His website also lists the art fairs in Wisconsin at which he exhibits, including the Art Fair Off the Square in Madison in July.
A draw or hollow refers to a valley or long narrow gorge between two clefts of rock.
Why You Should Visit
Of all the hollows in the Baraboo Hills, Hemlock Draw supports the most stunning contrast in vegetation. You can see plant and bird species typically found in the northern areas of the state growing close to those typically found in southern Wisconsin.
These northern species, such as hemlock and yellow birch, may be relics from the time, some 13,000 years ago, when the edge of a towering ice mass stood just a few miles to the east.
You can see narrow pillars of rock, called "sea stacks," which are a remnant of ancient times when the Baraboo Hills were a chain of islands in a vast sea.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Hiking in Hemlock Draw nature preserve
We spent some time over the weekend hiking in the Nature Conservancy's Hemlock Draw nature preserve, west of Baraboo in the Baraboo Hills near Leland -- a little more than an hour northwest of Madison. From their website: