I have just about given up, it’s not enough we have had to deal with winter for the last six months but now it seems I am being cursed and I now have to see the begining of my wildflower season here in Madison Indiana start out with like winter never left !!
Windy, cold and yes snowy conditions have plauged me the last week, what flowers that have begun to bloom have already either lost the bloom or it has been withered by the cold conditions, Bloodroot have almost completely been decimated and the other flowers are not fairing much better.
I have hiked Clifty Falls State Park the last couple of days and things don’t look very good, the bloom looks to be a week or two behind and what blooms that top the plants will probably be far from their usual splendor, hopefully we will get some warm temps over the weekend and we can get this display kicked and salvage the season !!
So out of pure boredom I have been going thru some past images from the park and have re edited some of the ones I didn’t get to post from past wildflower hikes, hopefully this will keep me from going stir crazy and driving my family crazy !! This is a Blue-eyed Mary and here is a description form Wikipedia…
Collinsia parviflora is a species of flowering plant in the figwort family known by the common names maiden blue eyed Mary and small-flowered collinsia. This tiny wildflower is a common plant throughout much of western and northern North America, where it grows in moist, shady mountain forests. This is an annual plant with a spindly reddish stem and narrow lance-shaped green leaves with edges that curl under. The minuscule flowers grow singly or in loose clusters of several. Each flower has five lobes, the lower deep blue to purple and the upper white. The whole corolla is only a few millimeters across. The fruit is a small capsule.
Hopefully this cold snap will run its course and I can get out in the woods , but if this continues life in the Kasper household is going to go south real fast, and my wife may just send me that way if I don’t straighten up 😉
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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.
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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 !!
I just returned form Clifty Falls State Park hoping to have acquired my first card full of early wildflowers only to be relegated to my truck the entire time I was there ! Heavy rain and wind moved thru so I guess tomorrow will have to be opening day.
The good thing about all this rain is the moisture is great for the waterfalls that surround Madison Indiana and make for some wonderful photographic subjects. The Park and surrounding area I live in is lined with canyons and gorges that seem to have a waterfall at the back of almost every one of them. Some of these falls may be only ten feet high and others are 80 feet or taller, and this is definitely the best time of year to view them, spring is the monsoon season in Southern Indiana and this year it is especially wet !
There are 20+ Falls in this area that I would consider a major attraction it’s just too bad that they have not been developed for the public to view, the Falls in Clifty are the exception, but there are many more in Jefferson County that would rival Clifty in size and beauty!
I understand the logistics of developing them all into a tourist attraction would be quite an undertaking but the fact that no one has envisioned this as a major attraction for tourism really strikes me as being short sighted especially with the shape of the economy today, this would definitely separate Madison from all the other Regional tourist destinations.
Maybe someday someone will take the initiative and at least study the feasibility of using the vast amount of natural resources that we are so blessed to have in our local community and find a way for us all to benefit from it.
Well enough from the soapbox, here is an image from the the platform overlooking Little Clifty Falls, I thought this falls had a neat abstract look to it as the water flowed over the edge, I converted it to b&w and added a cool filter to it for a cold steel look.
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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 !!
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