Category Archives: Summer

More Butterflies

Just continuing on with my backyard theme, here are few more Butterflies I have been able to photograph in my butterfly garden this year. Still no Monarchs but the ones I have been shooting have been really beautiful and a blast to work with.

These are three different species, each one is beautiful in its own right and each can be really tough to photograph. It seems the smaller the species the faster and more complicated it becomes lol !!

And so far it’s been a great year but I am still not finding any of my favorite Butterflies and that’s The Monarch, reports are that the population is down about 60% and I think I believe hat number, they have all but been invisible to me this year.  Hopefully I will still be able to photograph a few before the season ends here in Madison Indiana and they continue on their migration south into Mexico.

Hope you enjoy my images and thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog !!

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                          sulphor 1 2012Cabbage Sulphur

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                         bfly 2 2013

Pearl Crescent

blue 1 2013

Eastern Tailed Blue

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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

 

 

Virginia Meadow Beauty

I spent some time at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refugee over the weekend working with the annual butterfly count  they host.  If you have never been to Big Oaks you are truly missing out on a unique experience, the refugee offers a diversity of life that has few rivals in the Midwest.

I pulled this from their site…

Big Oaks Refuge contains the largest unfragmented forested block in southeastern Indiana and some of the largest grassland areas found within the region. The refuge provides habitat for 120 species of breeding birds, the Federally endangered Indiana bat, and 41 species of fish. The refuge also is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkey, river otters, and coyotes. Over 25 State-listed animal species and over 46 State-listed plant species have been discovered to date on the refuge. Many bird species of management concern are also found here, including Henslow’s sparrows and cerulean warblers. Over 800 singing male Henslow’s sparrows use the large grasslands on the refuge. Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area because of its value to Henslow’s sparrows and other migratory birds.

While working with the count I refugee volunteer told me about a rare wildflower thta grows in the area and told me of the location and I was able to get back and photograph this truly unique little wildflower.

Virginia Meadow Beauty is the flower and it is a really cool addition to the many other wildflowers I have been able to share with you over the years.  According to the Illinois wildflower website….The Meadow Beauty is considered not common. This native perennial wildflower is ½–2½’ tall and largely unbranched, except near the apex where some lateral stems with flowers are usually produced. Short plants are erect, while tall plants sometimes sprawl across the ground. The central stem is light green to purplish green, sharply 4-angled, narrowly winged, and sparsely to moderately covered with glandular hairs. Pairs of opposite leaves occur along the central stem; they are up to 3″ long and 1¼” across, medium green, sharply toothed and ciliate along their margins, hairless to slightly hairy across their upper and lower surfaces, and sessile. The central stem and upper lateral stems (if present) terminate in short cymes of showy flowers. The branches of each cyme are usually glandular-hairy. Each flower is 1–1½” across, consisting of 4 widely spreading petals that are pink to deep rose-pink, a tubular calyx with 4 widely spreading triangular teeth, 8 stamens with bright yellow to orange-yellow anthers, and a 4-celled ovary with a single long style. The tubular calyx is shaped like a vase with a constricted neck; it is covered with long bristly hairs. The long slender anthers are curved like a sickle; the pollen of each anther is released through a small pore at one end. The blooming period occurs from mid-summer to early fall and lasts about 1-2 months. Each flower is replaced by a seed capsule that remains hidden within the persistent calyx; the calyx becomes red to purplish red after the petals fall off the flower. Each seed capsule contains numerous tiny seeds that are less than 1 mm. in length. The root system is fibrous; some fibrous roots have tuberous swellings. This wildflower reproduces by reseeding itself.

And here a few examples of this awesome little flower and the wonderful structure they posses, hope you enjoy the post and info and if you are ever out hunting wildflowers maybe you will be able to come across this great piece of nature !!

 

                                                                                                                                                             virginia meadow beauty 2 2013

 

                                                                                                                                                                         virginia meadow beauty 1 2013

virginia meadow beauty 4 2013

 

More Monarchs and Skippers

Here is one  more from last summer, I shot all these little guys along a major highway in Southern Indiana just outside Madison. It was in one of the highway right a ways and they replanted it all in blooming wildflowers and milkweed for all the butterflies that were migrating thru the area.

The field was teaming with butterflies and moths, finding a subject wasn’t the problem it was just trying to get one to sit still for bit that made it problematic !!

I was after the Monarch Butterfly that happened to be migrating thru this portion of the state  and there were many in the field.  I was able to pick and choose which ones I wanted to set up on. There were also many other moths that were making their way thru the field  and I was able to photograph them as well.

The photographs I am sharing came from that field and I can’t wait till late next summer to get back out there and try my hand at photographing these beautiful little gems. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the images !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                           monarch butterfly 1 2012

                                                                                                                                                                               monarch butterfly 2 2012

                                         skipper 1 2012

Black & White Sunrise

When you sit in front of your computer editing images as long as I do, you need to take a old file out sometimes and rework it just to break up the monotony, if not you tend to go a little mad. I pulled this image out from a few years ago on a trip to South Florida, I think it was around 8 in the morning and the sky wasn’t full of those vivid beautiful colors that are usually associated with a sunrise.  So with this I thought a B&W conversion might be neat, so I guess what I am asking can you get what usually would be a very colorful scene and turn it into a b&w and make it work ?

So any thoughts would be great, and it’s also really nice when you can go back thru your old files and find these little surprises that for some reason you didn’t really like in the first place, but become a gift now…sorta like Christmas !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

“Madison Indiana Photography”

Here is a shot from a recent session, instead of people I actually had some time to get out and shoot flowers, this doesn’t happen very much these days so I better take advantage of this. These weren’t shot at some far out wilderness destination,but actually came from my own backyard here in Madison Indiana, so if I got a little hot I could go back inside and sit in the AC for a while….I know I am soft !!

Most the flowers in my yard have pretty much bit it for the season because of the heat and lack of rain, but my coneflowers must love these type of conditions because they seem to flourish in them. Once again instead of just shooting this flower I tried to get a little more adventurous and shoot them with an artistic feel, hopefully I was able to convey that to you and you enjoyed my take on this often photographed subject.

Coneflowers are a can’t miss subject if you are into photographing flowers, they have a beautiful color and structure and are relatively close to eye level so you don’t have to kill your back bending over to photograph them. Just be mindful of your background as not to add too much cover and shoot them wide open for that artistic feel!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and don’t forget to click on the images for best results !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

 

                                                                                                                                                                                   

“Madison Indiana Sunset”

Thought I might share an image I shot a few years back from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, a thunderstorm had just rolled thru and the sun was dipping under the horizon, of course I did add to the saturation a bit but the image pretty much stands on its own for realism.

Madison Indiana is a great place to live if you are a photographer, from nature to portrait and architectural to fine art, Madison pretty much has all the bases covered for a great photography experience !!

So if you  are ever looking for a place to sharpen your photographic skills give Madison a shot and enjoy all the other amenities that we have in our area, you will be glad you made the trip !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!