“Madison Indiana Courthouse Cupola”

Eighteen months after a fire ravaged the Jefferson County Indiana courthouse and destroyed most of the 155 year structure a symbolic piece of the restoration process has been completed.  Even though the bulk of the work remains for the courthouse one of the most visible landmarks in Madison has been placed atop it’s former home overlooking our beautiful community.

Even though it is a prefabricated replica of the original cupola it is still a beautiful fixture in the late evening cityscape. The funny thing about this entire process is that I travel everyday past the courthouse at last 5-6 times and never even noticed it being put back on the courthouse till I actually saw the crane  lifting it in place, tells me how much I pay attention nowadays.  I guess I was getting used to the condition of the courthouse and it’s surrounding property.

Hopefully they can get the entire restoration project finished and everything back to normal or as close as it used to be.

I posted  this image of the Cupola  form a pic I shot last night, I love how the structure was bathed in warm fall light, in contrast I also posted an image of the Cupola as it was being destroyed in the fire just  eighteen months ago.

Hope you enjoy the shots and thanks for stopping by and taking a look.





“Madison Indiana Winter”

Not too depress anybody but tonight’s weather forecast actually calls for snow flurries …are you ready for winter yet ?

Actually for once I am ready for winter, after a hot dry summer followed by a dry fall as well, the photographic opportunities just weren’t there this year, so if we could just get thru winter without it being below zero and we don’t have any major ice..not like in this image I will be ready for all the snow nature can deliver !!

I know I can’t pick and choose but hey it doesn’t hurt to ask does it ?

Last years winter here in Madison was long and cold, we had a few nice snows but nothing to get too excited over, I am not a fan of the cold but I sure do love too photograph out in the snow.  Snow and ice add a beautiful touch to any landscape image, especially after a long fall and winter where the landscape has that “‘dead zone” feel too it.

Now I am not after one of those snows you measure in feet instead of inches mind you, but a nice 6-8 inch snowfall once a week wouldn’t hurt anything..would it ?

A guy can dream can’t he, but with my luck it will probably fall below zero for a month and we won’t get no more than dusting of snow just to teach me a lesson !!

So just to get you ready for the real thing here is a image of some sort of berries that happened to be covered in a layer of ice, which I thought came out kinda of cool…get it kinda cool !!

That was bad, hope you enjoy the image and for a better view click on the pic for the larger size. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I don’t ruin the winter for everybody   😉

“The Great Smoky Mountain National Park”

So when you can’t think of anything else to write about just pen a little post about the The Great Smoky Mountains to get things going.

For the first time in about ten years I didn’t get to travel to the Park because of shooting so many Portraits and Senior Pics, I guess that is a good thing but we sure missed traveling to this magical place.  The Fall colors here weren’t as nearly as colorful as in the past and from what I have heard the weren’t all that nice down there as well, but that’s little solace in knowing I wouldn’t get to hike and explore all the great places that make up the park.

I guess I will have to rekindle some old memories from past falls to get me thru my park withdrawal for now !!

This image was shot in the Elkmont section of the Park, the stream was lined with Maple trees and as the sun began to drop behind the mountains it bathed the entire valley in a warm golden light that transformed an already beautiful scene into a natural light show you don’t get to witness very often in a life time.

The Golden yellow light not only lit the trees but it also reflected off the water giving off a pleasant warm light the warmed not only my body but my soul as well, that’s the great thing about photography when you need to jar a memory all it takes is going thru some old files and you get live it all over again !!

Well its back to editing images and doing the not so glamorous jobs that nobody tells you about when you become a photographer 😉

Hope you have a great day and don’t forget to click on the image for best viewing !!