Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Million Miles Away

Sitting here listening to Duran Duran feeling like I am a million miles away from everything, missing being in the mountains with the warm moist sensations of the lush forests of wildflowers that blanket the mountainside.  Sitting here enduring another dark cold Indiana winter evening wishing the landscape would turn green and bring back the vivid color display that breathes life back into these old bones…Turning 50 sucks lol !!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Trillium 6 gsmnp 2012



Another Tornado Video

One more…this is the Henryville Tornado, my sister lives in this small Southern Indiana Town, although she escaped  without any damage many people on this March day did not !! The storm moved just south of us here in Madison but as I was picking my son up from school that day we were able to witness the super cell above it and also witnessed the debris falling all around us as the storm churned to our south.

It has been interesting going back and viewing these videos and reliving the memories of that stormy March day and of April 3 1974 as well. Hope you find this educational and it how serious these storms can be. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!


Tornado Video

I have seen a few Tornadoes in my life and been very close to a couple big ones, I don’t usually post much about them here because I like to keep my content original. But my son who is a weather freak talked me into posting some for you…so here you go !!


The Iceman Cometh

Did you think you were going to get a review of the 1938 Eugene O”Neil play or something, sorry no chance of that I am talking about the Ice Man outside my door right now !!

My last few posts have been rather warm and spring like with the butterflies and light summer colors. But now we are talking about a return to old man winter and just how bad it can get. Now mind you I don’t live along the arctic circle or anything near that but tonight we are talking very cold into the single digits with wind chills well below zero !!  Ans with snow and ice forecast later in the week I thought it might be a good time to post something a little more seasonal.

This image was shot  during one of our ice storms from a storm a couple of winters back and I have always been partial to this image and it’s representation of the great color contrast you can get with snow and ice.  I love the warm berries in this shot and how well they contrast against the cool blue in the snow and ice.

So if we are going to get stuck with this nasty weather hopefully I will be able to get out and get a few more shots like this to add to my portfolio of winter images.

Winter Berry 4

More Monarchs and Skippers

Here is one  more from last summer, I shot all these little guys along a major highway in Southern Indiana just outside Madison. It was in one of the highway right a ways and they replanted it all in blooming wildflowers and milkweed for all the butterflies that were migrating thru the area.

The field was teaming with butterflies and moths, finding a subject wasn’t the problem it was just trying to get one to sit still for bit that made it problematic !!

I was after the Monarch Butterfly that happened to be migrating thru this portion of the state  and there were many in the field.  I was able to pick and choose which ones I wanted to set up on. There were also many other moths that were making their way thru the field  and I was able to photograph them as well.

The photographs I am sharing came from that field and I can’t wait till late next summer to get back out there and try my hand at photographing these beautiful little gems. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the images !!


                                                                                                                                                                           monarch butterfly 1 2012

                                                                                                                                                                               monarch butterfly 2 2012

                                         skipper 1 2012

Monarch in Butterfly Bush

Sitting here watching the weather advisories and warnings going up for our area so I thought it might be a good time to post another warm fuzzy summertime image.  I shot this beautiful little Monarch butterfly in my backyard last year as it set and fed on one of the butterfly bushes I planted  for that very reason.  Its nice when you plan on something happening and it actually works, the only problem is you still have to get the photograph right !!

Once again chasing butterflies has made me feel like Captain Ahab and his quest for the Great White Whale, except a little smaller and drier.  I guess getting one good shot for every 30-40 is not a bad ratio, I might not have gotten any.

But hey I did manage to capture a few and at least I have something to share with you now on this cold winter day. I hope you enjoy the image and thanks for stopping by !!


                                                                                                                                                                                               monarch 1 2012



Since I woke up to a dreary cold mid-winter Madison Indiana landscape I thought a nice warm spring pic would brighten up your day…at least it might mine !!

I shot this one early last May om beautiful day warm spring day somewhere in the eastern part of Jefferson County Indiana, I believe it was at Splinter Ridge Wildlife Area. The butterflies were on the move that day and no matter how hard I worked to get the right shot they were so spooky even the stateliest approach sent them scurrying for new flowers to feed on. It was the same pattern time after time, spot butterfly make my approach watch butterfly fly off.

After the continued futile effort of this method of photography I finally decided to just find a nice spot, open my diet coke and sit back and hope for the best at a predestined spot.  And to my complete surprise after just a few minutes these two beautiful  Great Spangled Fritillaries  landed directly in front of me and began to feed. Even though I was never able to get them with both faces in the frame the shot did come out quite well.

So I guess the moral of the story could be “good things come to those who wait” or  ” sit on butt open diet coke get lucky go home” I think in this instance more of the latter lol !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.


                                                                                                                                                         butterflies 1 2012