Fire Pink

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Fire Pink is another great wildflower that grows here in the Madison Indiana area. The red petals of the Fire Pink are one of the most striking and vivid colors in nature.

Fire pink grows in open woods and rocky deciduous slopes in eastern North America, ranging as far north as southern Canada. It is protected as a state endangered species in Wisconsin and Florida, and as a state threatened species in Michigan.

Fire pink’s principal pollinator is the ruby-throated hummingbird, which is attracted by the flowers bright red petals and sugary nectar

If you are looking to view this great flower try driving county roads on the eastern side of Jefferson County. Look for dry rocky slopes. Splinter Ridge FWA is one the better areas to see this beautiful wildflower.

The flowers bright red blooms are not hard to spot and are always a great find when searching for wildflowers. Thanks for stopping by and having a look !!

Gliding Giants

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This is one of those images that doesn’t present itself to you very much.

I captured these two Giant Swallowtails at Splinter Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area earlier this summer as they were gliding thru an open meadow in some type of courtship ritual.

I was lucky enough to be following them when they made a sudden loop and sailed right over me and my camera for a once in a lifetime shot. I fired off about 30 shots and I came up with this one image that I believe best represents this wonderful experience.

The cool thing is that these were the first Giant Swallowtails that I have ever observed or let alone photographed making it an amazing experience. Thanks for stopping by and having a look !!