Calm before the Storm

Sitting here tonight waiting for the big one, the big one being a winter storm. According to the weather folk on social media this is going to be our biggest storm in quite a few years, since we really haven’t had a major accumulation in the past five years it shouldn’t be difficult to top it.

Our last really big snow was in 2004 I believe and topped out around twenty inches. I don’t think we beat that but you never know and if we do it should make for some crazy photography.

All these images I have posted here came from last week and that was just six inches so twelve plus will really make these more impressive. But with the weather you never know what it is going to happen so we will just have to see how it pans out.

But it is coming and I will be ready with my camera in hand and I will be out in it capturing it as it happens. Over the next few days I will be sharing images from this storm and hopefully it won’t be a bust and makes for some beautiful scenes around the Madison Indiana area !!

Bridge over the Ohio River

One of the other cool sites in Madison Indiana is the Ohio River bridge. No matter how many times you photograph this bridge it always gives you a different look.

I have captured many scenes with rainbows, lightning, sunrises, sunsets, incredible cloud formations and even fireworks. There is also a wonderful walkway that spans it giving you remarkable views of the river valley and Madison.

And if you want some real adventure walk across the bridge in a heavy fog and feel the strange isolation as barges pass below you with their fog horns warning the valley of their travel, but not being able to see them move a hundred feet below you.

And my favorite part of the bridge photography is all the amazing reflections you can get day or night of this awesome structure that links Madison Indiana to Milton Kentucky.

So the next time you visit Madison be sure to take a walk along the river walk and maybe a stroll across the bridge you will be glad you did.

Sunset on the Monarch

This may be the last one for this year but hopefully not forever.

The Monarch is definitely in trouble. With all the problems because of their low population numbers still trying to rebound and habitat loss all along their range, these beautiful animals have a hard road ahead and we may be their only hope.

Plant Milkweed, stop over mowing and discontinuing the use of dangerous herbicides will help bring back their numbers. All of these actions are attainable and will make a difference in their population as well as making a better life for all wildlife.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Fall at the Lanier Mansion

Can you imagine having to do this yard work, just kidding but here is another popular place to visit in Madison Indiana. The Lanier Mansion Historical site.

The Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country and is considered to be the Jewel of Madison’s Historic District. It is a wonderful place to explore early life in the 1800’s when the river and railroads were the major players and Madison was one of most important cities in Indiana.

On this beautiful fall day I was able to explore the grounds and photograph this wonderful place shooting at different angles and positions. The warm light and leafs added a lovely touch to the landscape and made for a enjoyable afternoon of photography.

When visiting Madison Indiana make sure you plan a stop here, you’ll be glad you did !!

Bald Cypress Trees

You really don’t think of Cypress trees in Indiana, but we do have quite a few here in the southern part of the state. From the southwestern swamps along the Ohio and Wabash rivers to the the sloughs and wetlands of the Muscatatuck NWR southern Indiana boasts a sizeable population of Bald cypress trees.

Along with our other native hardwoods cypress trees really show their true colors in the fall and being in close proximity to water you are always going to be able to capture beautiful reflections of the wonderful trees.

All of the these images were captured at the Muscatatuck NWR near Seymour Indiana a 8000 acre wetland that is a favorite spot for bird watchers and photographers. But it also plays host to a large population of bald cypress that put on a beautiful show of color every fall.

So if you ever in the mood to explore a southern swamp but don’t want to drive to Florida or Louisiana try one of southern Indiana’s many swamps for the next best thing.