INDIANA — A new documentary from WTIU Public Television takes viewers on a statewide tour of Indiana’s wild and natural landscapes and reveals their little-known connections to the Indiana of 200 years ago.
Indiana’s Wild Landscape premieres at 8 p.m. on March 5 on WTIU and on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/wtiupublictv).
Two centuries ago, Indiana was an endless forest with vast wetlands and inhabitants such as elk, wolves, bison, and alligators.
Indiana’s Wild Landscape uncovers the natural and wild areas of the state that still remain 200 years later, tucked away among Indiana’s large-scale landscapes.
Flora and fauna from Indiana’s past are shown living today in wild areas across the state. Frogs and thousands of salamanders inhabit ephemeral forest pools around the Lake Michigan area.
Hemlock and pine trees that survived the ice age thrive in the cool climate created by the sandstone canyons of Shades State Park. And in the karst country of southern Indiana, mountain lions have slowly started to return to the state.
The documentary utilizes recently available drone filming technology to showcase Indiana’s landscape from the air.
Viewers see unique perspectives of the state through treetops and caves; along waterways and lakes; and from the edges of cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls.
Through time-lapse storytelling, viewers witness natural phenomena that they would not normally experience, including flora changing over time.
The program is produced by Samuel Orr, a professional time-lapse photographer, and creator and cinematographer of the Emmy-winning series The Natural Heritage of Indiana.
Indiana’s Wild Landscape is made possible with production support from the Sierra Club–Hoosier Chapter and John Hougham.
Watch a trailer and learn more about the program at: http://wtiu.org/wildlandscape.