Monthly Archives: July 2010

“Whitetail Buck”

Taking a break from my wildflower images I thought I might now share some work from a recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Most of my time was spent with visiting family and friends but I did manage to get  away for a few shots in Cades Cove one morning and was able to come away with some pretty nice pics of a bachelor group of Whitetail bucks with their antlers still covered in velvet.

Cades Cove is an amazing place in the Park because of it’s size and geographic isolation, the animals have an absolute run of the place with no basic threat from human activities except for being fed by the random tourists who doesn’t understand how much damage they can do to the animal, but that is for another time.

While driving thru the Cove one morning I came across a group of about of about 5-6 very large Whitetails that were very amazing to watch feed and just mill about without much interest in the human activity that was going on around them, they showed no fear and actually came so close  that my zoom lens almost became a hindrance instead of helping, but it still came in handy anyway !!

I was also lucky enough to have photographed quite a few bears on this trip as well, it’s funny that when you usually see bears you have to pursue them for a shot (which is a big no-no) but on this trip they seemed to be pursuing me instead !!

All in all it was great trip and I was able to get quite a few shots of the local wildlife hopefully I can share them with you very soon, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

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“Wild Columbines”

Just returned from a recent vacation to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it was more of a family gathering so I wasn’t able to get out and work the park much but did make time to get a few decent shots. I will post some soon but for now here is a Wild Columbine I shot earlier this spring, these little gems are really hard to shoot and if you get any wind you can forget about getting any images at all.

Patience is the key to this wildflower, try shooting in low light with calm winds and low iso settings to get the beautiful colors to pop in your images. Tripods are a must with a cable release if at all possible. I shot this one at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana when they were are their peak seasonal bloom, these are just a few tips to help you out when shooting wildflowers, just take the time to get out there and shoot and with a little practice and patience you can get some great results !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and don’t forget to view this large for the best viewing !!

“More Spring Wildflowers”

I thought I might share another wildflower image from the Madison Indiana area, this one is a Virginia Bluebell and was shot at Clifty Falls Sate Park, I captured it on a beautiful spring morning in early April.  Bluebells are one my favorite flowers to photograph not only for their wonderful color but also because of the wonderful fragrance that they emit when they grow in large patches.

Standing on a hillside covered with these spring beauties is definitely a wonderful experience that any photographer are any one else who loves the outdoors should enjoy, the beautiful blue and green color contrast between the bloom and the foliage is a definite must see if you ever have a chance to hike out into a large patch of this early season wildflower.

So here you go another post within a couple days maybe this is a pattern I can keep up with !!

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“Madison Indiana Wildflowers”

It has been about three months since my last post, can’t tell you enough how busy I have been, I have a large amount of images to share with you so instead of a lot of words I will try to keep it simple and keep my mouth shut.

Had a nice spring and now I am busy with weddings and portraits, not getting enough nature shots but I am getting paid so that’s a plus !!

Got some nice shots from Clifty Falls State Park starting with this Wild Geranium, I really liked the petals facing the differing directions in this one, any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome.

Well that’s it no more talking hopefully you are dong well and staying out of trouble, I have quite a few to post so I will try to get them up here quickly.