Forty years ago today we saw life changing events here in Madison, I was spared any direct contact, but the destruction we viewed first hand the day after still stays with me today !!
The F4 Tornado missed were we lived by a couple miles to the north and just two years ago on March 2nd another one just missed us from the south by a few miles, with severe weather expected again today who knows !!
But just just to keep you entertained here are a couple videos of the tornadoes that came so close !!
Believe it or not I actually forgot to post a couple shots of something I wanted to share from this past winter, with everything else I shot it just slipped thru, I was able to capture a few images of some frozen ice abstracts from a creek near my home here in Madison Indiana.
First thing about shooting on a frozen creek is don’t fall thru. Sounds simple but it always seems to happen to me and on this day it did again, thank goodness the water was shallow, just make sure your careful and the water below is shallow and if you have any concerns find some place else. You will definitely need a tripod to give the camera a stable platform to shoot from and I use me Sigma 150 mm macro for all my closeup photography.
Basically I then start out looking for interesting patterns in the ice to come up with interesting compositions, the hardest part from me was finding good comps on ice that I could then set up and photograph on without falling thru lol !!
Small apertures and long exposures usually are in order and when I get to post processing I converted most the images to black and white for a more dramatic feel. And after all that here are a couple images from this shoot on the ice that cold winter’s day.
Just remember to be careful on the ice and hopefully there won’t be any more ice to photograph this year and you have to try it out next winter !!
Another day another shot of cold and snow flurries, blah blah blah !!! This winter has led to a lot of frustration and borderline depression and now it is leading me into another problem and that is spending too much time on Adorama and B&H’s camera sites and with a debit card sitting next to me you know this will only lead to trouble lol !!
So instead of feeding my camera fix I thought I might post another winter shot, sorry it’s how I feel now, this is a black and white image with a old farm fence leading out into a snow covered winter scene….haven’t seen that before have we !!
But there is good news in all this the NCAA Basketball Tourney is going on and since I am stuck here I am at least seeing some great games, especially the Cats win over Wichita State yesterday, one of the best games I have seen in a while!!
Like so many other rough times in our life all this bad weather will pass spring will arrive and I will be able to get out and photograph beautiful wildflowers and enjoy myself outdoors again. Thanks for taking a look at my photography and just be patient because it will get here sooner or later…maybe !!
Once again great weather followed by cold and possible snow flurries, I don’t know what I did but it sure must have been bad lol !! So I will just keep reviewing images from past wildflower seasons and hope that it breaks soon before I break something here around the house.
This is a Catesby’s Trillium from last year at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I photographed this species of Trillium on the White Oak Sink trail on of the best wildflower trails in the park.
According to Wikipedia…
Trillium catesbaei, also known as bashful wakerobin or rosy wake-robin, is a spring flowering perennial plant found in the southeastern United States. Like most trilliums, it prefers moist, humus-rich soil in shade. Its northern limit includes the Great Smoky Mountains and other parts of North Carolina and Tennessee. Most of its populations are in the Piedmont from North Carolina to Alabama, under deciduous trees such as American beech, various oak and hickory species, and tulip poplar. Its southernmost natural occurrence is in Early County, Georgia.
The weather down in the mountains looks a little bit better than up here so hopefully I might slip down and photograph a few of these beautifies real soon. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my photography !!
Sitting here gazing out the window we actually have precipitation that isn’t frozen for once and the temperature isn’t all that bad, low fifties, but it still seems like an eternity till spring arrives. The weather isn’t forecast to get much warmer in the next week or so and after a hike at Clifty Falls State Park yesterday things aren’t looking good at all for a bloom in the near future.
So here is another image from last year, this time I wanted to share one of my all time favorite wildflowers the Virginia Bluebell, according to Wikipedia …
Mertensia virginica (common names Virginia bluebell, Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf, Roanoke bells) is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to moist woodland in eastern North America. It is a spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers opening from pink buds. The leaves are rounded and gray-green, borne on stems up to 60 cm (24 in) tall. They are petiolate at the bottom of the flower stem and sessile at the top.
The stamens and stigma are spaced too far apart for self-fertilization. The flower can be pollinated by bumblebees but due to its funnel shape bumblebees must hover, making the bumblebee a rare pollinator. Butterflies are the most common pollinators because they can easily perch on the edges and still enjoy the nectar.
Plants are hardy to hardiness zone 3 – −40 °C (−40 °F).
If you plan on getting out and photographing wildflowers this spring the Virginia Bluebell is a beautiful subject to look for. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!