Little Clifty Falls

Spent a cold morning hiking to Little Clifty Falls in the Clifty Falls Sate Park near Madison Indiana. Most of the leafs have fallen and we finally received some substantial rainfall the night before so there was good flow in the water.

This has not been one of the better fall seasons for color or water flow for the many waterfalls that we have here in Jefferson County. But there was still enough fall scenes to salvage this season and find I did still find some very beautiful scenes to capture.

Little Clifty falls resides in Clifty Falls Park, the park boasts many smaller falls and cascades along Clifty creek. There are five big falls located in the park with Little Clifty being the smallest of the five.

I was hoping to catch high water flow surrounded by colorful fall leafs but the dry fall put a halt to that. But the park is still beautiful and any day walking the canyons and trails here makes it worth the visit.

Hope you enjoy the pics and if you are looking for a great place to visit in Southern Indiana try spending a day in Clifty Falls State Park.

Bald Cypress Trees

You really don’t think of Cypress trees in Indiana, but we do have quite a few here in the southern part of the state. From the southwestern swamps along the Ohio and Wabash rivers to the the sloughs and wetlands of the Muscatatuck NWR southern Indiana boasts a sizeable population of Bald cypress trees.

Along with our other native hardwoods cypress trees really show their true colors in the fall and being in close proximity to water you are always going to be able to capture beautiful reflections of the wonderful trees.

All of the these images were captured at the Muscatatuck NWR near Seymour Indiana a 8000 acre wetland that is a favorite spot for bird watchers and photographers. But it also plays host to a large population of bald cypress that put on a beautiful show of color every fall.

So if you ever in the mood to explore a southern swamp but don’t want to drive to Florida or Louisiana try one of southern Indiana’s many swamps for the next best thing.

Fall at Clifty Falls State Park

It hasn’t been the best or worst fall I have witnessed but no matter how bad the colors are, Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana always puts on a show.

Even though the park is famous for it’s waterfalls every fall all of the beautiful hardwood trees that line the gorges of this special place put on a magical display of color that rarely disappoints.

Maple, Hickory, Popular and Oak are just a few of the many varieties of trees that change with the season. There are many wonderful trails that lead you in and out of the Clifty Canyon and give you a up close and personal view of the splendor of this special place.

And if hiking is not your thing the road thru the park gives you fabulous views of the canyon and of all the great trees as well.

But you better hurry if you want to view the colors because they are peaking now and won’t be around much longer !!

Fall at the Broadway Fountain in Madison Indiana

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit Madison Indiana. With all of the wonderful hardwood trees that line our streets and the wooded hillsides of the Ohio River valley that surround our town, it’s no wonder Madison has become such a wonderful place to come visit and enjoy all of the amazing sites.

One of the most beautiful sites is the Broadway Fountain a wonderful spot where many community activities take place. The Farmers Market, Music in the Park, Weddings and a host of many other things happen here.

These images were not all taken this year they have come from the last few years during the fall season.

One of Madison’s landmarks, the original Broadway Fountain stood in the middle of Broadway for almost 100 years before it was dismantled and replaced with the 1981 bronze copy or reproduction. The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. After the Exposition closed, the Madison Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows purchased the fountain and presented it to the city in 1884.

French sculptor J.P.Victor Andre modeled the fountain’s design (Model #5 in the Janes, Kirtland catalog) after either one of the Place-de-la-Concord fountains in Paris or one at London’s Crystal Palace. It consists of three decorated tiered basins approximately 26 feet high and 35 feet across. Cartouches featuring the Odd Fellows symbol of three interconnected links adorn each side of the fountain’s octagonal base. Four tritons surround the base, with each creature holding a shell horn that spouts water. A classically robed female figure holding a rod sits atop the highest basin.

As part of the 1976 American bicentennial celebrations held across the country, the City of Madison spearheaded a major restoration effort, hiring Cincinnati sculpture Eleftherios Karkadoulias to reconstruct the entire fountain in bronze. The process took nearly three years as Karkadoulias disassembled the fountain and shipped each piece to his Cincinnati studio. There he created wax molds and reconstructed the fountain in bronze, a longer-lasting and sturdier metal. The reproduction fountain was dedicated in 1981. The only part of the original fountain that is still present in Fountain Park is a stone plinth that supported one of the original triton figures; it is set into the concrete at the south end of the central path as a base for a tablet that commemorates the replacement fountain.

The Broadway Fountain is one of four similarly designed fountains that Janes, Kirtland, and Company created. The others can be found in Savannah, Georgia (seen in the movies Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil); Poughkeepsie, New York; and Cusco, Peru.

The Broadway Fountain Park contributes to the historic significance of the Madison Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark. The info on the fountain is from the National Park Service hopefully I didn’t mess it up or make a mistake copying it, I am not a writer and it is starting to get late.

When you plan your fall travels make sure you make a trip to Madison and a great place to start would be here at the fountain.

Migration of the Monarch Butterflies

Finally got to see the Monarchs migrating thru the Madison Indiana area over this past weekend. I think there may still be a few feeding and resting at King’s Daughters Health, where I have captured so many, but I kinda threw my back out Monday and can’t get out to see. So for me it’s over for the year.

What I witnessed was definitely an incredible site, I captured over eight hundred images of them feeding and resting in the beautiful fall wildflowers that cover the fields that surround our Hospital. Every step I took I would flush out two or three butterflies and send them flying into the afternoon sky. Many times I would look up over the goldenrod that covers the grounds and watch them dancing and chasing each other above the forest of wildflowers in search of their next drink of nectar.

It really is amazing that these wonderful little winged gems used our grounds as a way station for their long trip to Mexico. Even though I witnessed hundreds of Monarchs probably less than 5% of them will make it to the mountains where they overwinter. And that is why we must help them with good conservation practices along their journey south.

Milkweed is the key, years ago it was all along our county roads and highways as well as hay fields and ditches. But now these areas get mowed way more frequently then in the past and it is probably the number one reason for their decline. Many other factors play a roll as well but habitat destruction is the one that can be solved quickly and help get them back on their feet or wings actually.

So if you have a lot of land let some of it go back to nature and instead of planting all those store bought flowers try putting out native wildflowers. Especially milkweed not only will you be helping out the Monarchs but many other butterflies and bee’s will be helped as well.