Finally… After hurting my back last Saturday and a thousand other things going on in my life right now I was finally able to make it out to Clifty Falls State park in Madison Indiana this evening to get in on a little wildflower photography for the first time this year !!
And even though the flowers are really early and they are calling for a cool down the next few days it was an absolutely wonderful evening to get out the house and into the woods. My back hurt my mobility and kept me from going to my favorite haunts but I was able to capture a few shots of the early favorites that make their appearance on the forest floor before the big show next month.
I was able to capture these Rue Anenome as they just started to unfurl their beautiful blooms for all the world to see, they are very hard subject to photograph because of their small size and for their innate ability to never stop moving after they get caught by a breeze !!
These little gems have the coolest detail in their stamens and to be able to capture a sharp image of the center of the bloom is a prize anytime I can accomplish it. I was also able to photograph a couple of Bloodroot flowers which I will save for a later post, hopefully this will shape up to be a great wildflower season and I will be able to share it with you.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and for better viewing click on image for best size.
Just thought I might put a plug in for one of my other sites(is that shameless or what) it just makes it easier to see my whole body of work. This is the site that shows all my photography from nature to landscape and my portrait side as well.
Most of my Wedding and Senior Portrait images are here along with my family and children shots as well. If you are looking for pics of the Smokey Mountains or some macro and abstract work they will be listed here as well.
My shots from my hometown of Madison Indiana along with landscapes from Southern Indiana are also posted on this site. So basically I am trying to show you everything, whatever your photo need is, beginning to sound like a commercial don’t you think !!
So here is a link to the site and an image form there..hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by !!
We keep getting closer and closer, I went out Sunday and explored a couple of my secret wildflower haunts and found that the plants were just starting to poke up thru the leaf cover, with temps rising into the 70′s over the next few days it looks like late this week and weekend will be my first serious shoots out in the woods !!
So in the meantime here is an image I captured of one of the many waterfalls that grace the landscape of Madison Indiana and the surrounding area, this one lies very close to a busy highway with thousands of cars a day flying by without an inkling of the beauty that lays just off the roadside from them….and I kinda like it that way !!
I had to isolate just a part of the waterfall because of the trees and debris that still hang over it from the ice storm we had a couple of years ago. Time or a chainsaw will eventually bring about a clearing around the falls and hopefully I can then show you a better image of this particularly beautiful falls.
I really like the lushness of this waterfall the green colors in the pool kinda puts you in the mind of a tropical paradise, but that is very far from the truth with this particular falls. The falls has a ton of garbage and other debris that has been thrown over the cliff and washed down by the creek over the years and has really made this beautiful spot almost a landfill, with the right leadership this place could well become a park as is the case for all the other waterfalls in our county.
Hopefully someday the local officials will understand this beautiful and amazing environment that surround our community and turn these wonderful sites into a place people can visit and explore, until then I will just have to share them wth you thru my photography and maybe someday you will be able to visit them yourself !!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and as always click on the image for best viewing !!
One of the main components for a great wildflower bloom is moisture, and that is one thing we certainly won’t be short of this spring, after another night of heavy storms we received nearly another inch of rain last night. I am not sure of how much we have received the last month but it is surely way above average, I actually should be out photographing all the wonderful waterfalls in our area but the water is too high and muddy right now hopefully this weekend it will calm down a bit.
Just in anticipation of the bloom I thought I might add another image of a wildflower that I shot last spring, Hepatica which is one of the first to bloom, I love the beautiful shades of color this little flower takes on during the spring flowering season. Here is a detailed description of the flower that I borrowed from Wikipedia….
Hepatica (hepatica, liverleaf, or liverwort) is a genus of herbaceous perennials in the buttercup family, native to central and northern Europe, Asia and eastern North America. Some botanists include Hepatica within a wider interpretation of Anemone.
Bisexual flowers with pink, purple, blue, or white sepals and three green bracts appear singly on hairy stems from late winter to spring. Butterflies, moths, bees, flies and beetles are known pollinators.
Noted for their tolerance of alkaline limestone-derived soils, Hepatica may grow in a wide range of conditions; it can be found either in deeply shaded deciduous (especially beech) woodland and scrub or grassland in full sun. Hepatica will also grow in both sandy and clay-rich substrates, being associated with limestone. Moist soil and winter snowfall is a requirement; Hepatica is tolerant of winter snow cover, but less so of dry frost.
Hepatica is named from its leaves, which, like the human liver (Greek hepar), have three lobes. It was once used as a medicinal herb. Owing to the doctrine of signatures, the plant was thought an effective treatment for liver disorders. Although poisonous in large doses, the leaves and flowers may be used as an astringent, demulcent for slow-healing injuries and as a diuretic .
(Sorry for the cut and paste but I just don’t have the time or energy for a detailed description myself.)
I shot this flower at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana, if you ever get a chance there may be no more beautiful of a park in the Midwest than Clifty Falls in the spring, with all the water in the creeks and falls and the lovely wildflowers that cover the park you can’t wrong with a stop at the Falls !!
I shot this early in the season and it was at the base of a rock where I worked this specimen, hence the dark shadowing and deep blue colors. Usually by Mid March these flowers will begin emerging from their winter slumber and quickly will fill the canyons with their beautiful color and fragrance.
Hopefully the weather will hold and within a couple of weeks I will be sharing flowers with you from this season instead of past ones. Thanks for stopping by an taking a look, and for best viewing click on the image !!
It’s getting closer and closer, everyday I am becoming a little more wild eyed just knowing the woods will soon come alive with wildflowers and I can then escape this cocoon of deary weather we call winter, and get out and feel the warm spring sun on my face !!
I actually grabbed my son and we headed out on a little scouting excursion to Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana, thinking maybe I might see a hint of spring but we were rewarded with lots of water instead, about 2 inches of rain fell last night and it really filled all the falls and creeks in the park to capacity. I might try to get back there this weekend after the mud clears out of the water and get a few waterfall shots….that makes for a great time as well.
So just to keep my fires burning here is another spring shot from last year, another cool little plant called Toad-shade as per Wikipedia…
Trillium sessile (Toadshade or Sessile-flowered wake-robin) is a perennial spring wildflower native to the central part of the eastern United States and the Ozarks. It is a small trillium (rarely over 9 cm tall). Toadshade can be distinguished from other trilliums by its single foul smelling, stalkless, flower nestled in the middle of its three leaves. The three maroon petals, maintain a “closed” posture throughout its presence, the petals are occasionally pale green. The leaves are sometimes, but not always mottled with shades of light and dark green. Its species name comes from the Latin word sessilis which means low sitting, and refers to its stalkless flower.
And here is a image I got at Clifty Falls last year, so if you come across this little gem you can now impress your friends with your knowledge of plant identification. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and as always click on the image for best viewing !!