Mianus River Gorge: Photographs by William Abranowicz - March 12, 2016 - June 5, 2016
On exhibition at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Only forty miles from New York City, the Mianus River Gorge is a 1000-acre island of forest and fields in suburban Westchester and Fairfield Counties, a rare, surviving remnant of this original, primeval forest found by colonial explorers. Steeped in history, the Mianus River Gorge or “the 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.
Mr. Abranowicz's photographs enable viewers who are already familiar with the Gorge a chance to see it 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. They 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, of course, ancient trees.