Hello my name is Bernie Kasper and I am a photographer from Madison, a small town located in the Southeastern part of Indiana on the banks of the Ohio River, the area I call home has a rich diversity of topography and wildlife that make it a special place.
From the canyons and waterfalls of Clifty Falls State Park , the wetlands of the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refugee and the beautiful prairies and large forested tracts of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refugee the area is rich in outdoor photographic opportunities.
The area also boasts the city of Madison a National Historic Landmark, with over 100 city blocks designated as Historic, the Architectural and Historic opportunities for tourism and photography are second to none.
I also run a photography portrait business here in Madison, specializing in Family, Senior and Wedding Photography…Coolpicsphotography’s Blog
I hope I will be able to convey the beauty of the area and share any info as well about this place I call home.
I made a recent two day trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, probably spent more time driving than actually capturing images, but anytime in the park is special. Fall was little shaky there this year patches of really beautiful color but just as many places that it was still dull and a bit dried out.
With conditions being what they were I decided to spend most of my time working in a couple areas. Tremont and the middle prong trail for cascades and then Oconaluftee for a chance at Elk.
The image above was just one of the many beautiful cascades that line the middle prong and rarely ever disappoint. I captured this one pretty early into my hike and followed up with a nice collection of smaller waterfalls.
At about the 2.5 mile point in the hike you come across Indian Flats Falls which is an amazing spot to stop and take in all the beauty of the Smokies. I will share more of that spot and the many other images I captured a little later but for now I thought I might share this wonderful spot just for starters.
If you ever make your way down to the Great Smoky Mountains, Tremont is a must place to visit and while you are there you have to make this great five mile round trip hike to view all the amazing water features along the way.
Fall is such a beautiful time of year, but here in Madison Indiana it is even more impressive because of all the trees that line the Ohio River Valley and the wonderful architecture that it has to offer.
One of our most amazing spots is the Broadway Fountain. Any time of the year this location is beautiful but in the fall it really comes alive with color. Nearly every visitor to our lovely city will stop and sit awhile and capture an image of this special location.
Madison is such a great place to visit and now is the time to come and enjoy a walk by the river or shop at all of the different shops that line Main street. And while you are here stop by the Fountain for a bit and take in all this gorgeous color in person.
Here is a beautiful variety of the wonderful scenes Madison Indiana has to offer in the early spring. The Broadway Fountain, Lanier Mansion and the River walk all offer a spectacular place to enjoy what nature has to offer us in early April.
If you are looking for a place for a weekend or longer trip, try Madison it is truly an amazing destination to visit !!
I have been capturing images of wildflowers for nearly a month now and had all but given up on posting any winter images for this past winter season. But low and behold here we are on April 20 and we are expecting a dusting of light snow overnight and freezing temperatures. Spring in Indiana lol !!
So now I have the opportunity share some images from this past February when we were having a pretty tough stretch of winter. I captured these as we were getting a heavy snow one evening here in Madison Indiana. A fresh snow at night is so beautiful and it makes everything it covers so magical and serene !!
Tonight’s snow should be nothing like that and I can get back to the business of photographing wildflowers here in Southern Indiana fairly quickly
Sitting here tonight waiting for the big one, the big one being a winter storm. According to the weather folk on social media this is going to be our biggest storm in quite a few years, since we really haven’t had a major accumulation in the past five years it shouldn’t be difficult to top it.
Our last really big snow was in 2004 I believe and topped out around twenty inches. I don’t think we beat that but you never know and if we do it should make for some crazy photography.
All these images I have posted here came from last week and that was just six inches so twelve plus will really make these more impressive. But with the weather you never know what it is going to happen so we will just have to see how it pans out.