Took a quick hike at Clifty Falls State Park here in Madison Indiana to look for any signs of spring and much to my dismay I didn’t even come across a stray bud or any other emergent foliage in the woods. My biggest concern is that we will have a few days of great weather and then winter will make another brutal run at us and push the wildflower bloom back all over again !!
So in the meantime I thought I might share some images I captured one very cold and frosty morning on the Ohio River just to the east of Madison. We were right in the middle of the worst cold snap our part of the country has had in years, and the Ohio River had almost completely frozen over this morning, and even though temps were bottoming out the warm light made a great contrast with the cold ice covering the river.
I found a great deadfall to add some interest to the scene and then when the light busted thru the frozen mist that hung over the river everything came into place to make for a great series of images that morning !!
Even though I couldn’t stand to be outside in such conditions the light and all the other elements that came together made for a wonderful experience on the river that morning !! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my photography I hope you enjoyed it.
Well here it is March 6 and the temperature has actually climbed into the low 40′s time to celebrate. The weathermen actually said temps would close in on near to slightly above normal temps the next seven days, knock on wood !!
Last year at this time I was prepping for trips to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and to my favorite spot Clifty Falls State Park, but now as I look out the window that time of my life looks like a million miles away, but we are getting there and before you know it I will posting shots with colors besides white all the time !!
So now before spring finally arrives I am going to share images from this past winter here in Madison Indiana, hope you like winter themed images because I sure captured a ton this year and I am really tired of taking and looking at them lol !!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my photography I hope you enjoy it.
I give up winter has won and I am crying uncle, please someone just end it now and let us head straight into spring. It has been a long, cold and snowy winter and I haven’t even begun to pay the heating bills yet on the last blast and now we are heading into another “Polar Vortex” !!!
So after all this whining about winter let me share with you the great thing about winter and that is winter photography. We have had an abundance of snow this year and it has made for some great compositions that only snow can give you. Winter landscapes make for great black and white conversions and also you have wonderful blue bird sky’s that you only get this time of year !!
I took a hike the other day right after a small snow event looking for comps with moving water or any other type of snow and water scene that I was hoping to capture this winter. I hiked into a small canyon that led into the Ohio River near Madison Indiana and was able to not only capture a small cascade with nice flow over it by I photographed the flooded tributary leading into the river as well.
Even though I do love photographing these wonderful scenes hiking in such conditions are uncomfortable at best and can be downright dangerous if you’re not equipped to deal with it. Even though I was ready for the tough conditions I was very thankful when I got back into my truck and cranked up the heat to the blast furnace setting on the dashboard lol !!
Hopefully with every day the sun shines a little longer and we get closer to the first signs of spring so in the meantime get bundled up and get out and capture a few of the beautiful scenes that winter is serving up right now !!
Took a long hike out to one my favorite photography spots just outside of Madison Indiana the other day in search of a subject besides a human one for once. Came across some wonderful scenes and subjects which I will share in later posts, but one of the first subjects I photographed, which was in abundance was the common Cutleaf Teasel.
The Teasel is a great subject to photograph during the summer it attracts hosts ranging from Butterflies, Hummingbirds and other insects, and then during the fall many bird species use the thistle as a food source.
Because of the plants structure though the winter is my favorite time to photograph it, the teasel makes for interesting comps with the snow clinging to the towering stalks, and I was able to capture a couple of totally different moods in the subject that day.
The first image was captured as the sun was setting and filled the scene with this lovely warm light which made for a great contrast against the snow. The second image was more of an isolated one and I converted it to black and white to give it a darker mood.
I think that d0ing this shoot in the winter it is the only way to have shown such a contrasting view of this subject and it really helps my photography to capture and share both of them with you.Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!
I thought I might share a couple more shots from an earlier snowfall, even though we are getting snow today again, these came from downtown Madison Indiana and I captured these after the sun went down.
I really enjoy mixing up my photography and going out in the dark is a sure way to test your photographic skills. Almost every image I get after dark is taken on tripod, the exposures are just way too long to do it any other way, plus it’s nice to keep my hands warm in my pockets lol !!
I love capturing the warm colors made by the light trails from the car lights and how they contrast against the cool tones of the snow and evening light.
And the other image was just an alley that I converted to black and white and added a tilt-shift blur to. I thought the footprints leading off into the distance added a interesting touch.
So here a couple shots of the winter we are in the middle of and this weekend I am sure I will be posting more to the blog. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!