Mitch's Musings

Life in Southern Indiana

Biking, Hiking, Music, Fungi, Flowers, & Family in Southern Indiana.


For over thirty years my wife Eileen and I have been entertaining at the Bloomington Farmers' Market, and before that at the Coconut Grove Farmers Market, as well as various venues in Cleveland, Ohio, where we met. Our album, Fresh from the Market, is available from us, and indvidual songs are available as we record them. Here are a few that are ready now: Turnip Greens, Buffalo Gals, Home on the Range, Is It True?, Paw Paw Patch, Skip to my Lou. In recent years I have been playing mainly ukulele, I can carry it and my harmonicas easily on my bike to any venue in Bloomington. Over the years I've played with a number of great musicians, here are a few of my remembrances. Recently, I have been a member of the Pirate Flags, a "folk-rock" ensemble of 7 crusty waistrals who play songs of the seas with heart and abandon, rocking the old songs and folking up the the new ones!


Bikes are Freedom

I love biking through the hills and hollows of Southern Indiana, and the streets and alleys of Bloomington as well. I try to ride anywhere I can't easily walk in town, and occasionally take longer trips into the woodlands and waterways that surround Bloomington. I watch the city hawks and the wild turkeys; groundhogs, coyotes and deer all see me as I cruise by. Some winters I especially enjoy riding on the ice of Monroe Lake or Lake Griffy, while in summertime boating and swimming occupy my time when I'm not biking.


I am a fun guy, just ask my friends! Here is my collection of photos highlightinhg the incredible range of fungi found in Southern Indiana. This year I hope put names to the lichens that are everywhere (they are fungi that farm bacteria and algae!)

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird is a green winged macaw living in Bloomington with my best buddy Jojo. He enjoys riding bikes, hiking, tubing, water sports, hula hooping, Hoosier Hoops and dancing when he is feeling good! He is well known by many of Bloomington's youngsters, and was recently featured on WTHR TV.

Animal Traces

During my rides and hikes around the county, I find evidence of a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects, and bryozans their natural state, and bring back photographic evidence of their presence.

Grandpa Thoughts

Not too much here yet, I am just getting started, but here are my pictures of my little pal Dexter Emmanuel!