The Zebra Swallowtail

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Here is an image of one of my favorite butterflies, the Zebra Swallowtail. I photographed this wonderful specimen at Splinter Ridge FWA here in Madison Indiana.

The Zebra has such a unique appearance and their sometime ferocious defense of their territory make them such an amazing species of butterfly you can’t help but admire them.

I once watched a beat up male chase away every other butterfly trying to feed on a patch of butterfly weed and after running them all off he turned his attention to me lol !!

And if you ever watch one flying thru an open field with it’s beautiful tail twisting in the wind you would understand what a wonderful animal they are. So if you ever get a chance to be out and come across the Zebra, take some time to sit and observe this great wonder of the natural world !!

Halloween Pennant

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The Halloween Pennant is a great dragonfly with a very distinct color that has you thinking Halloween with the warm fall color !!

I captured this one at Big Oaks NWR not long ago, I have kinda stayed away from this type of photography because of the speed of these beautiful insects. But after hanging around watching them for a while I see they have a penchant for flying back to the same spot you scared them from if you give them some time.

So if wildflowers and butterflies weren’t enough I have to add dragonflies to the list of things to photograph as well …I guess it’s better than hanging out in bars lol !!

Madison Indiana Butterflies

I have seen so many butterflies this year I don’t even know where to begin. We have such a rich diversity of nature here in the Madison area and butterflies are a big part of it.

It’s not hard to come across these flying little gems, with all the public land and the many gardens that we have in this area it’s no wonder I have been able to locate and photograph so many varieties.

So now after getting back into this blogging thing a bit I will start sharing some of the many beautiful images of these great little miracles of nature !!

Fountain Light

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A different view of the the Broadway Fountain here in Madison Indiana. Most people shoot the whole fountain which leads to a lot of cars and people being in the frame. So this time I decided to just concentrate on a intimate view with just one of the statues with light and water droplets as a backdrop.

I think it came out pretty cool !!

Madison Indiana Landmarks

 

Here are a few pics from my hometown of Madison Indiana. There are so many beautiful places to photograph here you could walk the downtown district for days and not run out of things to photograph !!

Not only are there great architectural subjects to capture but the natural diversity that we are so blessed to live in is second to none. My biggest problem is spending so much time working the natural aspect of our area I tend to forget all the other historic places that Madison is famous for.

This is definitely the place to come and explore for a weekend or a long vacation you won’t be sorry you did !!

Madison Regatta Fireworks

It’s been a few months since I was able to post some images to this blog, actually I could have done it before, just have so many places other than here this blog always seems to be the last place I post lol !!

Even though I live here in Madison Indiana,in my old age, I have tended to become more of a recluse. Spending my free time by myself with my camera or with my family, but this year I decided to step out and visit some of the Madison Regatta events for a change.

I must say they did put on quite a show and I really enjoyed the festivities. From the Parade, to the Roostertail Music Festival and culminating with the Fireworks. We had a wonderful time and fully intend on catching all the events next year especially the boat races. I kinda missed them since I spent all my daytime hours photographing Butterflies !!

So next year I would highly recommend visiting Madison and attending all the wonderful festivities that the Madison Regatta puts on !!

Clifty Falls Wildflowers…Trout Lily

Another great wildflower that grows in our area is the Trout Lily. Found in large clusters this beautiful little flower gets it’s name for the trout like pattern on the leaves of the newly emerging wildflower.

The trout lily sprouts and flowers in early spring, before new tree leaves grow. Plants grow from a white bulb that have a tooth-like shape. This wildflower will usually grow when underground rhizomes spread and form clusters or colonies. Mature plants also spread by seeds. Ants can scatter the seeds, eating part of the seed and leaving the rest to germinate. And some trout lily colonies can be 200 to 300 years old.

The plants are found in woodland habitats and moist hillsides the stamens can either be yellow or black and can be quite large for such a small plant. The Trout Lily is just another great example of all the wonderful wildflowers that are on display right now just waiting for you to view.