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Waterfalls and Wildflowers

crooked falls 3 2017virgin bells 1 2017

Madison Indiana is known far and wide as a Architectural gem with all of the Historic homes and one of the most unique Main Streets in the Midwest. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the many festivals that our community has to offer as well. Even though Madison has these attractions the one that we have never seemed to take advantage of is the incredible natural beauty that we have to offer.

Clifty Falls State Park, Big Oaks NWR, Splinter Ridge FWA and The Chelsea Flattwoods are just a few of the many places to enjoy the natural beauty of Southern Indiana. We also have one of the most incredible wildflower blooms in the Midwest not only at Clifty and the other public areas but drive any rural road during the spring and summer months and you will be able to view great displays of flowers that dot the countryside.

Our county also boasts more than 30 waterfalls like the one pictured above that when conditions are right flow thru and over the many gorges that line the Ohio River Valley.

For right now there are just too many places and facts to share with you about this great area we call home but sufficed to say Madison isn’t just about man made structures but maybe more importantly about what nature has to offer.

Sunset on Main Street

main street night 1 2016

I captured this image of the sun setting on main street in downtown Madison Indiana last year. I used a long exposure to get the blurred effect of the car lights to add a little interest to the image.

I found a high vantage point to get above the subject and also to create a line to carry my eyes thru the image.

Thanks for taking a look hope you enjoyed the image !!

Madison Indiana Fireworks

I photographed these fireworks from the Ohio River bridge over the fourth of July weekend. It was a great view for them and and even more unique spot to capture their beauty !!

Madison Indiana Winter

I just had a weird idea maybe if I post more pics of the winter we have experienced here in Madison Indiana then maybe karma will strike and spring will arrive faster  for us…..Nah but you can dream can’t ya !!

Oh well here a couple more from this past winter anyway, hope you enjoy them because I really didn’t !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                              march snow 2 2013

march snow 1 2013

Senior Photography in Madison Indiana

It’s that time of year again here in Madison Indiana, schools are getting started and it’s time for Senior Portraits to begin.  It’s really never a bad time for Senior Portraits I guess it is a right of passing that you get them done when you go back to school in the fall !!

If you need to schedule one don’t hesitate to call me at 701-3415 or shoot me a email at kasperbernie@hotmail.com I am not one of those photographers that tell you I am filling up fast so get an appointment now..I will make time for you !!

I can do in studio shoots or for a bit cheaper price we can do it all outside to save you money, we can customize your shoot as well or for a bigger package we can schedule three season shoots fall ,winter and spring and put them all together in one set.

Packages start at $250.00 and go up to $1000.00….BTW don’t trust anyone with a camera to get these special shots done, there are two times in your life when you really want to splurge a little on photography, Weddings and your Senior Portraits !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and I look forward to gearing from you !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                          

“Clifty Falls Wildflowers”

The wildflowers are really exploding here in Madison Indiana especially at Clifty Falls State Park, it seems like every early wildflower is blooming at once making it very difficult to try and shoot just one species at a time…but I am not complaining !!

I am sharing three  of the early bloomers in the Hepatica, Rue Anemone and Bloodroot…all three are blooming profusely now and making for quite a beautiful hike thru the park. This is one of those times where i really enjoy macro photography, I have been getting some great shots and hopefully weather permitting it looks like it’s going to be a quick but potentially exceptional wildflower season here in Southern Indiana !!

Not going to spend much writing now I need to get back out and fill my cards with as many shots as possible before it all ends, thanks for stopping by and taking a look and hope to see you out in the woods and canyons here in Madison !!

                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                         Hepatica

                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                         Rue Anemone

                                                                                                                                                                                     

Bloodroot

“A Ride Thru Hell”

As I sit here looking thru the images of a beautiful little two week old newborn girl that I just shot tonight I couldn’t help but feel guilty about the events of the last few days around my hometown of Madison Indiana.

Watching the parents of the little girl and the joy of their firstborn child in their arms was a wonderful sight,after all the chaos and tragedy people in our area have witnessed it was great to see something beautiful for a change, but still after returning home and watching the news and then after my trek this past weekend  thru the war zone nature brought to Southern Indiana I still couldn’t escape the feeling of guilt of making it thru unscathed while so many suffered…I don’t know if that makes sense but thats kinda the feeling I have now.

I decided,with a lot of trepidation, to travel the path of the storm as best I could to my sisters house in Henryville. I knew my sister had survived the storm with little damage(her daughter wasn’t quite as lucky but they weren’t hurt) I also took my camera…not because I wanted to but because I was pulled by some macabre sense to record history or any other reason I could justify to myself why I should be photographing someone else’s misery.

From the time I arrived in the Chelsea you could tell that all the horrific pics that we had seen in the media coverage didn’t give you a scale of the true carnage that one of these monster storms can do. One of the first things that stood out when we got there was looking out into the vast cornfields that surround the southwestern part of our county were actually scarred by the cyclonic winds, I mean like a giant bulldozer came thru and took what looks like the first few inches of soil off the fields, you can actually follow the track of the storm .

This is a very rural area, mostly trees and fields, the force of the storm turned huge stands of decades old hardwood trees into a landscape of anarchy and mystery. While peering into the crushed stands of trees one could only wonder why these stand of trees were all laying flat in one direction and then just a few feet away another huge stand would be flattened into another direction,  the mysteries of these super storms never cease to amaze me.

It was at this juncture that we came across some of the first property damage, the first house had a roof torn off and then after traveling a few more yards it was like a bomb had went off, two or three homes had been completely wiped off their foundations and lay in piles of debris a few hundred yards downwind form the storms path, anything left standing was covered in corn husks and sheetmetal  like some kinda of a strange art exhibit.

It was in this area that four lives were lost in our county, more were actually killed here then in Henryville that had so much more damage and a much larger population density, just another one of the many mysteries that are associated with these powerful storms.

I continued the drive to my sisters house down what is called Nabb Road, what was left of it, at this point it seems the super storm cuts it’s path of destruction right down the middle of this highway destroying everything on both sides of the road. It was here that most of the images I captured came from, we weren’t just seeing the destruction we were driving right thru it !!

As I shot frame after frame along this Road of Hell I became more and more uncomfortable, I watched the inhabitants of this tragedy picking thru what was left of their life’s and here I was trolling around in my SUV like some kinda of photo journalist. At this point the urge to stay and shoot was overtaken by the feeling of guilt and my need to find y sister and her family and make sure she was alright.

After traveling a few more miles we drove by the small town of Marysville, another small town nearly wiped from the map, this time we slowly drove past I never raised my camera we never said a word. Most of the roads leading into Henryville were closed and protected by State Police or the National Guard but I did know a way into close to where my sister lived, we found our way to her drive way,with house in tack I looked into the doors and windows of her house and not finding anyone home, knowing that she wasn’t hurt I figured she was probably out helping someone else in her community, which she was, so we decided to head back home.

We choose another route home not wanting to witness the destruction again, just driving thru the path of the Tornado was devastating enough now can you imagine living thru it.

Typically when I shoot I may knock off 500 or 600 images, on this day I could only shoot 167 and out of that I will only share a few the rest will stay here on my hard-drive, there has been enough of these survivors misery shared with the public and this is all of it I am going to share.