Madison Indiana Photography

Virginia Bluebells / Clifty Falls State Park Wildflowers

Changing up a bit here and I think I will start posting images from what is my favorite subject to photograph and that is wildflowers. And I will share them from one of my favorite spots to photograph at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana.

Clifty has an incredibly diverse amount of wildflowers and some of the finest displays in the midwest. If you get a chance to visit in mid to late April I would definitely make the trip I don’t think you would be disappointed not only are the wildflowers worth the trip but hiking in the park is second to none.

The subject I am sharing today is also one of my favorites and that is the Virginia Bluebell.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mertensia virginica (common names Virginia bluebell, Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf, Roanoke bells) is a spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers, native to eastern North America.

Virginia bluebell has rounded and gray-green leaves, borne on stems up to 24 in (60 cm) tall. They are petiolate at the bottom of the flower stem and sessile at the top.

Flowerbuds are pink. Flowers have five petals fused into a tube, five stamens, and a central pistil (carpel). They are borne in mid-spring in nodding spiral-shaped cymes at the end of arched stems. Flowers are usually blue, but white or pink flowers occur rarely.

The stamens and stigma are spaced too far apart for self-fertilization. The flower can be pollinated by bumblebees but, due to its funnel shape bumblebees must hover, making the bumblebee a rare pollinator. Butterflies are the most common pollinators because they can easily perch on the edges and still enjoy the nectar.

In early summer, each fertilized flower produces four seeds within wrinkled nuts, and the plant goes dormant till the next spring.

Plants are hardy to hardiness zone 3: −40 °C (−40 °F).

That is the detailed description which I am too lazy to come up with myself and I will share one of my original images I captured earlier this spring.

Hope you enjoy the info and image and thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look.

 

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June 12, 2015 Posted by | Clifty Falls, Clifty Falls State Park, flower photography, flowers, hiking, indiana photographers, indiana wildflowers, macro photography, Madison Indiana, madison indiana photographers, madison indiana photography, nature, nature photography, photography, thoughts, virginia bluebells, West Street Art Center, wildflowers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Indiana Sunset

In my last posts I shared images of the new Madison Milton Bridge and described what a great job was done in building the new structure. Even though the bridge has many new details that make it a great replacement for the old bridge the one that I like the most is the walkway built on it’s east side.

Walking the bridge has become the new pastime for many downtown Madison Indiana residents it’s great physical activity and plus you get fantastic views of the Ohio River you were never able to get before. More than that the walkway has become a great place t0 photograph the river valley. There are so many fascinating subjects you are able to capture, from the power plant to the barges and boats that navigate the river below, it is a photographers dream location for the Madison area.

The image I am sharing was done earlier this spring during a beautiful sunset. The walkway gives a great unobstructed view of the valley and you are able to get great sunset shots with out the hills and trees getting in the way. I hope you enjoy the image and if you get a chance to travel to Madison take a walk across the bridge I think you will really enjoy it.

 

 

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June 4, 2015 Posted by | architecture, art, Clifty Falls State Park, hiking, indiana photographers, landscapes, Madison Indiana, madison indiana photographers, madison indiana photography, Madison Milton Bridge, nature, nature photography, photography, sunset, thoughts, travel, West Street Art Center | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Winter night over the Ohio River

Here is another image of the new bridge over the Ohio River at Madison Indiana. This time I created this shot during a snowstorm at 3 am, best time to get out with no people in the way.  All kinds of elements were going in this shot, light,snow and reflections in the river and I think I brought them together for a pretty good image.

The bridge is just one of the many great subjects you can photograph here. Historic Architecture to beautiful natural settings, they all surround the Madison Indiana area making it one of the best spots in Indiana for photography.

Hope you enjoy the image and thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

 

 

 

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June 2, 2015 Posted by | architecture, art, Clifty Falls State Park, hiking, history, indiana photographers, Madison Indiana, madison indiana photography, Madison Milton Bridge, photography, random, thoughts, Vacation, West Street Art Center, winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Trees in the Mist

Thought I would share more from that wonderful morning where the light just wouldn’t quit and I was able to create numerous images of that awesome experience. Being outdoors in search of photographic opportunities is always a good thing but when you combine it with fantastic light and it becomes really special.

This one was taken when the fog had still not quite began to burn off and what little light was getting thru added a surreal touch to the trees that I was using as my subject.  I actually came away with what I was looking for in that moment and thru the years I have found that is a hard thing to do.

I hope you enjoy the image and hopefully you can find a morning like this one and be able to experience that special light that doesn’t come around very often. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my work.

 

 

 

 

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May 29, 2015 Posted by | art, Clifty Falls, Clifty Falls State Park, hiking, image, indiana, indiana photographers, landscapes, Madison Indiana, madison indiana photography, nature, nature photography, outdoors, photography, sunrise, thoughts, West Street Art Center | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fall Trail in Clifty Falls

Since I am trying catch up on my posting here is a quick one from last fall, this was at the trail head for Hoffman Falls at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison Indiana.  Fall is one of the best times to hike at Clifty Falls with its deep gorges, waterfalls and wonderful display of colorful leaves you can’t go wrong with a hike thru this wonderful state park located in Southern Indiana.

 

 

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May 28, 2015 Posted by | art, Clifty Falls, Clifty Falls State Park, fall, hiking, indiana, life, Madison Indiana, madison indiana photography, nature, nature photography, photographer, photography, random, thoughts, travel, West Street Art Center | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments