Madison Indiana Photography

Bishop’s Cap | Clifty falls Wildflowers

One of the coolest little wildflowers that I photograph is the Bishop’s Cap (Mitrewort) this is without a doubt the smallest wildflower I have ever captured. The bloom itself is about the size of a pea and it grows on about 6 inch tall slender stems any slight air motion will cause them to sway, which makes photographing these species one of the hardest I have attempted. They bloom in early to mid April and love the deep forested canyons of Clifty falls State Park, you can also find them in the heavily forested areas that cover many parts of our county. The bloom itself is very beautiful and has a very cool structure to it.

Photographing this wildflower definitely requires a tripod and somewhat fast shutter speeds, a macro lens as well will give you the best results.  And probably the most important aspect of getting the best shot is patience and lots of it. As I said before not just wind sends this subject into a shake but any air flow at all will keep this wildflower moving for long periods of time even in what you may think are calm conditions.

Here is what I think is probably my best shot to date of this little gem, I am posting the first one as the actual plant size and the second image is a cropped version and as you can tell it is a bit soft from air movement.

I hope you enjoy the images and description and thanks for stopping by !!


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July 2, 2014 - Posted by | Clifty Falls, Clifty Falls State Park, flower photography, flowers, indiana photographers, indiana wildflowers, macro, macro photography, Madison Indiana, madison indiana photographers, madison indiana photography, nature, nature photography, thoughts, West Street Art Center, wildflowers | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Looks great….what a challenge!

    Comment by Howard Grill | July 2, 2014 | Reply

  2. Exquisite macro images!

    Comment by Judith C Evans | July 2, 2014 | Reply

  3. Awesome macro – beautiful!

    Comment by Eliza Waters | July 3, 2014 | Reply

  4. These are excellent photos! I found some of these last fall in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, the only ones I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by montucky | July 3, 2014 | Reply

  5. Outstanding job photographing these little flowers. They grow here also, and are tiny. You show us the beauty we would not otherwise see.

    Comment by Anita Bower | July 3, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks Anita it is wonderful to view they little things we tend to walk over isn’t it !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | July 3, 2014 | Reply

  6. Really unique flower, well captured. 🙂

    Comment by Celia Rhodes The View From My Window | July 4, 2014 | Reply

  7. These are tiny flowers indeed. I have only photographed them once, and at the time didn’t have close enough macro capabilities. Nice job Bernie.

    Comment by Mark | July 5, 2014 | Reply

  8. Beautiful shots!

    Comment by sunandskymushing | March 16, 2015 | Reply

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