Fall at Clifty Falls State Park

Here is an example of the color we are starting to experience here in Southern Indiana at Clifty falls State Park located near Madison Indiana.

It started out warm and dry here but the last few days have cooled dramatically and we have received much needed rain to help spur on the color that we had been lacking.

So starting now thru the next ten days the color will really be beautiful here and it should be a great destination for viewing the wonderful fall colors that blanket the hillsides and gorges that grace this part of Indiana.

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Fall at Clifty Falls

Here is the last of the images from Clifty Falls Sate Park that I was able to capture of fall this year. Once again I can’t state enough on how beautiful Clifty Falls State Park, located near Madison Indiana is, if you only get a chance to visit one  Indiana Sate Park this coming year definitely make it Clifty Falls.

I captured these images along the road that travels above Clifty Canyon, just walking along the road is a wonderful hike in its self, the colors were beautiful and the scene down into the gorge makes for a lovely walk on a brisk fall afternoon.

If you are more adventurous you can hike down into the gorge but the only problem with that is you have to hike back up lol !! The best time to hike into the canyon is in the spring when the water and all the beautiful wildflowers are at their peak, there are not that many places in the Midwest that put on a wildflower show like Clifty does.

Hope you enjoy the photography and for best viewing click on the images, thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Fall Leaves

Here are a couple more macro shots I captured of leaves this fall at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison Indiana. Instead of large landscape images I tied isolating leaves just to capture the detail and patterns in the beautiful fall leaves.

When you look closely at the leaf, all the intricate lines and patterns begin to appear, the thicker veins in the stem also add a cool touch to the vivid colors in the subject. Even the little spots of deterioration add a neat aspect to the image, making for some great macro photography.

Fall leaves also make a great subject because you can pretty much put them where you want …not like the tree they fell from lol !!

So if your looking for something to shoot this fall and want something a bit different pull out that Macro lenn and find some beautiful leaves to shoot and add them to your portfolio !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Clifty Falls State Park Fall

Even though my photo business is booming and I haven’t had much time to shoot many images in nature I have been able to sneak away to Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana for some nature photography .

I spent most my time shooting Seniors at the park but when they went home I was able to pull out the wide angle or macro lens to get a few fall shots for my portfolio. I thought I might share a few macro leaf shots with you today, usually with leaf shots I go for the vivid look but with these I thought  a b&w conversion might me interesting.

So here are couple of conversions, I shot these really early in the morning while there was still moisture on the leaf, I thought it added a cool touch to the monotone scene. i love the lines and tones in these as well, even in death nature can give you some really amazing scenes to capture.

Next time I will share some more colorful images with you, I hope you found these as interesting as I did and don’t forget to click on the image for best view, thanks for stopping by !!

 

                                                                                                                                               

“Madison Indiana Winter”

Not too depress anybody but tonight’s weather forecast actually calls for snow flurries …are you ready for winter yet ?

Actually for once I am ready for winter, after a hot dry summer followed by a dry fall as well, the photographic opportunities just weren’t there this year, so if we could just get thru winter without it being below zero and we don’t have any major ice..not like in this image I will be ready for all the snow nature can deliver !!

I know I can’t pick and choose but hey it doesn’t hurt to ask does it ?

Last years winter here in Madison was long and cold, we had a few nice snows but nothing to get too excited over, I am not a fan of the cold but I sure do love too photograph out in the snow.  Snow and ice add a beautiful touch to any landscape image, especially after a long fall and winter where the landscape has that “‘dead zone” feel too it.

Now I am not after one of those snows you measure in feet instead of inches mind you, but a nice 6-8 inch snowfall once a week wouldn’t hurt anything..would it ?

A guy can dream can’t he, but with my luck it will probably fall below zero for a month and we won’t get no more than dusting of snow just to teach me a lesson !!

So just to get you ready for the real thing here is a image of some sort of berries that happened to be covered in a layer of ice, which I thought came out kinda of cool…get it kinda cool !!

That was bad, hope you enjoy the image and for a better view click on the pic for the larger size. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I don’t ruin the winter for everybody   😉

“Madison Indiana Fall Fountain”

With all the weddings and portrait shots I have been doing most of the summer it was great to finally get out and shoot something in the natural world for a change. Now I know that this shot and the praying mantis in the post before weren’t exactly high in the Great Smoky Mountains but for now it was wonderful just to get outside and shoot something a little different !!

I couldn’t resist about the one thousandth shot of the Madison Broadway Fountain, but this time I chose to  to isolate the lovely lady on the top against the beautiful fall foliage that is beginning to grace Southern Indiana. I really liked how the beautiful turquoise color of the statue contrasted so well against the vivid fall colors, and the water droplets added a neat touch as well.

Once again I will be doing some family shots this weekend but I think I might try to sneak in a few shots of the beautiful fall colors and whatever else I might stumble across, thanks again for stopping by and for best viewing click on the image for the larger size !!

 

 

 

 

“Great Smoky Mountains-Chastian Creek Cascade”

While on vacation in the Smokys we found another great out-of-the-way trail to hike and that was the Chastain Creek Trail. The trail  gets its start at the Smokemount campground on the North Carolina side of the Park.  The trail actually starts with the Bradley Fork trail and after you travel about 1.2 miles you will come across a side trail which is the Chastain Creek trail, the trail is actually very easy to hike with very little elevation change which is rare in the Mountains.

The hike is very pleasant with most of it being an old roadbed that follows the Bradley Fork of the Oconaluftee River, you pass thru beautiful stands of Yellow Birch and lush moss and fern covered understory, you also share the trail with horses as well so you best mind where you put your feet. You soon arrive at the trail for Chastain Creek which veers to the right, the trail is well marked  so you shouldn’t pass it.

After you enter the trail you will hike another mile before you come to an impressive slide in the creek, Chastain Cascade, it is wide spot in the creek where the water slides down a large rock formation for about 40 feet. We hiked it in the Fall which made for beautiful color and also we made the trek in a rainstorm which added to the beauty of the cascade. After taking a few images we made our way back down the trail only to be greeted with another sight I have not see before.

When you hike in the Smokys it is not uncommon to come across many wild animals, I have seen everything form whitetail deer to black bears  and turkeys, I have also come across innumerable species of birds and even viewed many of the large number of salamanders which call the park home.  But after we had hiked about a half a mile we came across something that I had not experienced before… Wild Boars !!

The rain had softened the sounds of us moving down the trail so when we happened across the boars neither them or us were aware of each others existence, so as you can imagine both species were startled by the encounter. Luckily for us the boar thought we were much more of a threat to them so they quickly vacated the area leaving us a little shaken by their presence, I have seen many bear in the park but these guys just seemed a little more intimidating to me than the average bear.

But no harm was done and of course my camera was in its backpack, were it usually  is when I come across an unusual animal sighting. So if you are in the mood for a nice hike in the park give this trail a try you are sure to see a beautiful cascade and if you are lucky you just might come across a pig or two while you are out.

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