Madison Indiana Photography

“Clifty Falls Wildflowers”


Well I thought by now I would be showing you some shots of the new studio but as with everything else in life things seem to go slower than you hope for, but it is close I promise.

So today instead of working in the studio my wife and son decided it would be a great day to get out to Clifty Falls State Park for a much-needed hike, so I packed up the camera bag and headed out. Clifty Falls is one my favorite destinations for wildflowers here in Southern Indiana, personally I don’t think there is a better place in Indiana or Northern Kentucky to find such a wide array of wonderful spring flowers. Nearly all of my wildflower images have come from the park and I have found quite a nice comfort zone walking the trails and canyons each spring in search of these beautiful little subjects.

We haven’t really had a real warm spring so I wasn’t really too excited when we set out, but after a long hike down one the parks lovely trails I did manage to come across  a few early varieties of wildflowers.  I am always usually too late to get any nice shots of the Bloodroot flowers but this year because of this early hike I did come across a very nice patch of these beautiful little gems.

The wind as always made shooting them a very tricky proposition but the breaks between gusts weren’t very  long and I was able to come up with a couple of nice comps. This shot I am posting was my favorite, I really liked how the bloom had pushed its way up thru these wonderful green leafs which made for a beautiful contrast. It was definitely worth the effort to get out and shoot again, but as always that first hike into the woods after the long winter was a little tough and I definitely am feeling my age right now !!

It looks like once we start getting some warmer temps and a little rain we should really see an explosion of color in our hillsides and gorges that grace this beautiful part of the state of Indiana. I just hope with all the things I have got going right now I will still find time to get out and enjoy it, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

Click on image for larger version, it is definitely worth it !!

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March 22, 2010 - Posted by | art, calla lily, Clifty Falls, DSLR, floral, flower photography, flowers, garden, hiking, image, images, indiana, indiana wildflowers, macro, macro photography, Madison Indiana, nature, nature photography, outdoors, photographer, photography, state parks, wildflowers

25 Comments »

  1. I really love the richness of this image Bernie. Very well done. Nicely composed – the leaves are excellent supporting elements here.

    Comment by Mark | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks Mark..I was just happy to get out of the house and studio and enjoy nature for an afternoon 😉

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. Bernie, you just have to get out and enjoy the spring wildflowers!
    This is an outstanding image and a beautiful wildflower! I see they do not grow as far west as Montana, but somewhat resemble a Queen’s Cup that we do have here.

    Comment by montucky | March 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Terry..I am sure I will squeeze some time out somewhere !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. The position and composition is awesome. The flower just standout so much with a green leafy background. Good work you have there

    Comment by nix74 | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  5. I would sign myself under Mark’s comment. Beautiful photo!

    Comment by Tomas Turecek | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  6. Excellent. Really love what you did with the greens here to give more emphasis on the flower. Got a lot of brown still here but the colors are out there. Just need to get there.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography | March 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Scott it won’t be long before it greens up everywhere !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | March 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. That’s a great shot, hon! I bow to the master…
    We’re starting to see some of our yard flowers (tiny, white violets, etc.) March is “azalea month” here in our town (which is known for them. Unfortunately the cold & whatnot seem to have thrown things off this year. Only one bush in the whole town has bloomed so far. I wonder if what I deem “magnolia month” (May) is also going to be so affected.

    Comment by Lana | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  8. Beautiful! What a cheery little young flower amongst the older greener growth. Like a little duck peeking out from under the elder’s wing.

    Comment by Nina | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  9. First wildflowers of the year! Like Nina said, I love the leaves in contrast to the flower. Beautiful!

    Comment by Howard Grill | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  10. i agree with mark. a sight for winter eyes. i love wildflowers.

    Comment by Anita Bower | March 23, 2010 | Reply

    • It has definitely been a long time coming Anita !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | March 24, 2010 | Reply

  11. Bloodroot–one of my favorites as it means there are many yet to come. Great contrast in this. Wow–those greens!

    Comment by Bo Mackison | March 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks a lot Bo..I hope there are more to come it has not been the best of weather since I shot these !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | March 24, 2010 | Reply

  12. Bernie,
    A very beautiful wildflower photo. I really like this one. And you are right, the enlarged photo is even better! Stumbled and reviewed for you too.

    Comment by RecycleCindy | March 25, 2010 | Reply

  13. I love this, hon. Such a delicate little beauty. Great shot!

    Comment by Lana | April 6, 2010 | Reply

  14. Stunning!!!!!! WOW !!! I love that texture – you really captured a great image here – I can almost feel it!!!

    Comment by epicswife | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  15. I don’t usually have much patience for flower photography, but that second one is really stunning! I like how you’ve retained just the tiniest bit of shadow detail down below, with the edge of some leaves, so it doesn’t go totally inky black. And the fact that the flower is set among a backdrop of leaves like that…moves it beyond the single-flower shot so typical of the genre. Nice work indeed!

    Comment by matt haines | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  16. This is stunning! Nice work. Glad to have found your site.

    Comment by Jane | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  17. Whenever you capture white flowers, they seem almost a surreal white. Against the green, plus with all the detailed surfaces, this is a beautiful photo.

    Comment by Photo Buffet | June 13, 2010 | Reply


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