Monthly Archives: September 2010

“Great News about The Madison Milton Bridge”

The Madison Milton Bridge that was slated to be torn down in the next year, has just been giving a new lease on life in the last few minutes !!

It was just announced on IN.GOV Website by the Mitch Daniels Governor of Indiana, that the winning bid has been approved and the contractor is actually going to have the job done in TEN DAYS !!

Governor Daniels: News Releases – Home

If they can pull this off it would be somewhat of a minor miracle considering that we have been told all along that it would take a year or more and that it could economically devastate our community for  the duration of the project.

Madison Indiana along with Milton Kentucky definitely need this shot in the arm, hopefully it pans out and they can get the job done !!!!


“Madison Indiana Chautauqua of the Arts”

It’s going to be a really big weekend here in Madison Indiana. It is time for the annual Chautauqua of the Arts, which will be celebrating it’s 40th year of exhibiting fine art.

The Madison Chautauqua features artwork that is handmade and individually designed by the artist. Come and see the beautiful paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, weaving, folk art, jewelry,  wood, baskets, clay, glass, paper, leather and wearable art!

You will also find a wonderful array of ethnic foods that line the waterfront along with music and other performance artists.

You can also stroll the tree lines streets to visit and view the beautiful Architecture that makes Madison one of the most celebrated National Historic sites.

And while you are in town you can also stop by my studio and view some of my work at 201 West Main Street, is that a plug or what !!

Seriously the weather looks to be great and the town definitely puts on a show it is really worth the drive if you are close..Hope to see you here !!

“Cades Cove Sunrise”

What a  great day nothing to do but lay around for once, watch football and eat, don’t get many days like this.  Just finished editing another wedding, ready to start another one and getting ready for the Madison Indiana Chautauqua next Saturday as well.

But like a true photographer I thought now was as good as a time as any too post a image from a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park from this past summer. This was a shot from a beautiful summer sunrise from Cades Cove, the light was really sweet that morning and it was a wonderful day to be out early in the cove !!

This isn’t the first time I have shot this tree but it was the first with the light playing out as it did, I kinda liked the surreal effect the light had on the tree and how it left such a golden hue across the landscape. There are not many places that I have visited that are as beautiful as Cades Cove especially in the morning, it is a definite must for any photographers out there looking for a wide array of photographic elements.

From the bears and deer to the vivid fall colors and the wonderful spring wildflowers, throw in the fog and other climactic elements and you can see why it is such a amazing place to to set up a tripod and spend a day or two shooting !!

So now it’s back to the Indianapolis Colts and they are still leading comfortably into the third quarter hope you have a great start to your week and as usual click on the image for best view !!

“More Indiana Weddings”

Here is another shot from a wedding from a couple of weekends ago, this was a fun wedding to be involved with because of the laid back nature of the the couple and the attendees. The wedding was a blast as was the reception, they had a  cowboy type  theme and also the coolest prison wagon you ever saw !!

I never thought I would have had such a good time shooting weddings but once again the art of photography has surprised me, there is a fast pace that you have to keep up with and being able to get the shots you are after is just as much as a rush as nailing that sunset or waterfall shot.

So far the people have been great and treated us very professionally and with the utmost respect …haven’t met Bridezilla yet,  I know I am still new at this but I learn with every wedding and I seem to take something away from each passing ceremony.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and as always click on the image for best viewing !!

“Dutchman’s Breeches”

Here is another wildflower image from earlier this spring, with no time to get outside and shoot nature images now I will have to rely on older shots that I haven’t had a chance to edit till now. I shot these little wildflowers at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana earlier this spring, Dutchman’s Breeches are one of the coolest wildflowers in the woods, and one of my favorite to photograph.

Here is a short official description of this flower that I pulled from the US Forest Service site, authored by Alma Hanson, I am too lazy to write tonight, more editing of course…

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches) is an herbaceous perennial of the Fumariaceae family. This species has many common names depending on which part of the country you come from. One of its common names, Little Blue Staggers, is derived from its ability to induce drunken staggering if cattle graze on it, due to narcotic and toxic substances in the poppy-related genus. Bleeding heart is another common name.

This native wildflower is common throughout the eastern United States though rarer in the Pacific Northwest. The western populations of Dicentra cucullaria appear to have been separated from the eastern ones for at least one thousand years according to the Flora of North America. The western plants are somewhat coarser in appearance but generally indistinguishable from their eastern counterparts. In Idaho, the species often grows along stream corridors in gravely banks well above the waterline. It is also occurs in Washington and Oregon.

Dutchman’s Breeches blooms in the early spring from March to April. Flowers are white to pink and resemble a pair of pantaloons hanging upside down. The flowers wilt almost immediately upon picking so they should not be collected in the wild. The one or more finely compound leaves make the plant appear fern-like. This perennial species has rice-like seed bulbs and is an attractive addition to any garden in moist shady areas.

Thanks Alma for your wonderful and insightful writing hopefully that will keep me out of trouble !!

So there you have it the lovely and unique Dutchman’s Breeches, hope you enjoy and once again click on the image for best viewing.