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Wildflowers

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This slideshow is an example of just a few of the many wildflowers that I captured this year here in Jefferson County Indiana. They were all photographed in Clifty Falls State Park earlier this spring.

Some of the best wildflower displays I have ever witnessed came from our own backyard and if giving a chance you should get out and experience the wonderful natural diversity that this area has to offer.

Clifty Falls State Park, Splinter Ridge FWA and Big Oaks NWR are just a few places to go and view the beautiful display of wildflowers that inhabit our home.

Black-Eyed Susan

Continuing with my series of shots from my back yard here is a image I captured of a Black-Eyed Susan that I photographed one evening not too long ago. I was able to isolate the blooms against a new privacy fence my neighbors up the street constructed, the fence was made out of a warm wood and  with  the setting sun i couldn’t have asked for a better background for my subject.

I like to keep my backgrounds as soft and clutter free as possible and with the distance between the fence and my subject it worked out perfectly. The late evening light was just an added bonus to my final image the warmth in the flower and the soft warm evening light played off each other nicely and helped contribute to this strong image.

Never been a huge fan of Black-Eyed Susan’s but I felt this image was the best one of this lovely perennial that I have ever attempted. It has been a great year for flowers here in Madison Indiana, the weather has been perfect and with all the great subjects I am getting some really nice work for my portfolio, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my photography!!

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                               bes 1 2013

 

 

 

BackYard Flowers…Forget-Me-Knot

I spend hour after hour and travel many miles to bring you my photographs of the array of wonderful wildflowers that I capture, but now I think I will just sit back and share the easy ones, the ones from my yard.

I am not the worlds best gardener and I don’t have the time to treat them like I should but I do have a pretty good assortment of flowers that I am growing in my yard just for the days when I can just slide out the back yard and knock of a couple of images and slide right back into the comfort of my own home for a change !!

I try to stick to perennials like coneflower, black-eyed Susan and bee-balm. But this year I also went with a cool little annual I found at the nursery and I love the profusion of blooms these little jewels produce. Forget-Me-Knots seem to be an easy flower to care for and they produce vivid blue colors in their bloom that make for incredible images.

So if you are looking for a great flower for your garden and or as a photography subject  you might try this great little plant I think you will be glad you did. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                   forgetmenot 1 2013

 

                                                                                                                                                                             forget me not 1 2013

 

Beauty in Everything…Even a Ditch

I think that is an old saying of some kind and in reality it definitely rings true, if you just get out and take a look at the world beneath your feet !!

The other day I was out driving to meet with a friend and happened to come across an old ditch along a back road in Jefferson County Indiana, just out side of Madison, driving along I noticed a long stretch of the ditch had been mowed around. Figuring the county did not want their mowers bogged down in the moister laden mess, they just mowed around it and left a long swath of growth.

With our lives been so complicated and busy most travelers would drive right past this not noticing the beauty that is intertwined in the ditch, as well I might have done the same but the more I live my life with a camera sometimes just little colors or shapes seem to stand out and catch my eye.

Thankfully on this day my camera pack and tripod were in the back and I was ready to capture some the beauty of this wonderful little flower garden that escaped the mowers blade. I counted at least seven different wildflowers along that stretch trying to capture the beauty of these little gems as I crawled along the side of the road.  I am sure I was getting quite a few strange looks from the folks who traveled that road daily, but when shooting I usually don’t notice what is happening with the onlookers who pass by.

Well here they are, five samples of the beauty that sometimes gets lost in our fast paced and hectic lives, hopefully we can take the time just to slow down and take a little closer look at the beautiful things that we miss.  Hope you enjoy the pics and thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                         Wild Bergamot 1 2013

                                                                                    Wild Bergamot

 

 

                                                                                      Helianthus 1 2013

                                                                                                          Helianthus

Cardinal Flower 1 2013

                     Cardinal Flower

  Square-Stemmed Monkey Flower 1 2013  Squared-Stemmed Monkey Flower

                                                                                             Heal All 1 2013

                                                                                     Heal All

 

 

“Clifty Falls Wildflowers”

One of the main components for a great wildflower bloom is moisture, and that is one thing we certainly won’t be short of this spring,  after another night of heavy storms we received nearly another inch of rain last night.  I am not sure of how much we have received the last month but it is surely way above average, I actually should be out photographing all the wonderful waterfalls in our area but the water is too high and muddy right now hopefully this weekend it will calm down a bit.

Just in anticipation of the bloom I thought I might add another image of a wildflower that I shot last spring, Hepatica which is one of the first to bloom, I love the beautiful shades of color this little flower takes on during the spring flowering season. Here is a detailed description of the flower that I borrowed from Wikipedia….

Hepatica (hepatica,[1] liverleaf,[2] or liverwort)[3] is a genus of herbaceous perennials in the buttercup family, native to central and northern Europe, Asia and eastern North America. Some botanists include Hepatica within a wider interpretation of Anemone.[4][5]

Bisexual flowers with pink, purple, blue, or white sepals and three green bracts appear singly on hairy stems from late winter to spring. Butterflies, moths, bees, flies and beetles are known pollinators.

The leaves are basal, leathery, and usually three-lobed, remaining over winter.

Hepatica cultivation has been popular in Japan since the 18th Century (mid-Edo period), where flowers with doubled petals and a range of colour patterns have been developed .[6]

Noted for their tolerance of alkaline limestone-derived soils, Hepatica may grow in a wide range of conditions; it can be found either in deeply shaded deciduous (especially beech) woodland and scrub or grassland in full sun. Hepatica will also grow in both sandy and clay-rich substrates, being associated with limestone. Moist soil and winter snowfall is a requirement; Hepatica is tolerant of winter snow cover, but less so of dry frost.

Hepatica is named from its leaves, which, like the human liver (Greek hepar), have three lobes. It was once used as a medicinal herb. Owing to the doctrine of signatures, the plant was thought an effective treatment for liver disorders. Although poisonous in large doses, the leaves and flowers may be used as an astringent, demulcent for slow-healing injuries and as a diuretic .[4]

(Sorry for the cut and paste but I just don’t have the time or energy for a detailed description myself.)

I shot this flower at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana, if you ever get a chance there may be no more beautiful of  a park in the Midwest than Clifty Falls in the spring, with all the water in the creeks and falls and the lovely wildflowers that cover the park you can’t wrong with a stop at the Falls !!

I shot this early in the season and it was at the base of a rock where I worked this specimen, hence the dark shadowing and deep blue colors. Usually by Mid March these flowers will begin emerging  from their winter slumber and quickly will fill the canyons with their beautiful color and fragrance.

Hopefully the weather will hold and within a couple of weeks I will be sharing flowers with you from this season instead of past ones. Thanks for stopping by an taking a look, and for best viewing click on the image !!

 

“More Indiana Weddings”

Here is another shot from a wedding from a couple of weekends ago, this was a fun wedding to be involved with because of the laid back nature of the the couple and the attendees. The wedding was a blast as was the reception, they had a  cowboy type  theme and also the coolest prison wagon you ever saw !!

I never thought I would have had such a good time shooting weddings but once again the art of photography has surprised me, there is a fast pace that you have to keep up with and being able to get the shots you are after is just as much as a rush as nailing that sunset or waterfall shot.

So far the people have been great and treated us very professionally and with the utmost respect …haven’t met Bridezilla yet,  I know I am still new at this but I learn with every wedding and I seem to take something away from each passing ceremony.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and as always click on the image for best viewing !!

“Madison Indiana Wedding Photography”

Since I posted one of the Bride I better go ahead and show one of the Groom as well, I never realized until I started shooting weddings how stressful of a situation it has become, everything has to be almost perfect on the couples big day or you could you could ruin it for it for them very easily.  So far so good but I am sure sooner or later something bad is going to happen  and I just hope it is something minimal and that it works out.

At out last wedding we shot nearly 1600 images,  after a while I am sure even the most photographic Bride and Groom gets tired of the lens being in their face,  but I think it takes that many shots to get all the right moments and I think we actually missed a couple as well.

It really helps when the people you work with are as patient and as understanding as the last two weddings we shot, I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive or understanding group of people, I know after a while they really got tired of the whole thing and we didn’t help the stress level as well but in the end everyone stood up to the plate and got the job done.

My wife has helped me  tremendously and has now developed a little bit of the photography eye as well, it will be great to work with and spend more time with her from now on !!

Once again thanks for stopping by and tasking a look, if you need to contact me it’s 701-3415 and we can see what we can do for you.