Category Archives: waterfalls

Chain Mill Falls

chain mill falls 1 2016

Here is another example of one of the many waterfalls that grace Jefferson County Indiana. Chain Mill Falls is located near Hanover just outside of Madison.

Sitting at the back of a beautiful gorge that leads into the Ohio River this falls was used to power a grist mill over a hundred years ago and was also a tourist stop for riverboat travelers along the Ohio River.

The tourists were carted up the steep gorge to view the falls by a ski lift type system that I believe was also powered by the falls.

When the waterfall is at high flow there are not many more beautiful sites to view in Indiana !!

Stream Photography

Here are a couple shots from a recent trip to the Smoky National Park that weren’t wildflowers if you can believe that, really I do shoot things other than wildflowers, you got to shoot a variety of things to keep your photography from getting too stale lol !!

I shot both of these steam images in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park which is one of my favorite areas to work. I started with a large are a of the stream showing the environment around it and the flow of the water. Then in my next image I captured just a small area of the stream and converted it to black and white to show it in it’s abstract form.

Even though I spent most of that day working around 100 feet of that stream I was able to capture many differing variations of the flow of the water and mood of the scene as well. Hope you enjoy the images and thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         gsmnp stream 3 2013

 

 

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park Wildflowers

Here are a few more wildflower pics from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I shot these in late March and actually came away with a large amount of images from this trip, conditions were just about perfect from this spring and it was a wonderful trip to the park.

I think I just about captured every species that was in bloom at the time of visit, I am sure I missed a few though, there are far too many to keep up with but it was a pleasure trying.

I wanted to share a few with you starting with Fire Pink then Foam Flower and finally Wild Columbine. All three were shot within yards of each other along the Bud Ogle Nature Trail right off The Roaring Fork, this is a beautiful road that you can drive along and find great trails along it’s length, there are many outstanding views of The Roaring Fork and it’s many wonderful cascades all thru out your trip.

All three of these flowers were very easy to shoot there was hardly any wind to speak of thru my entire trip and the wildflowers were at peak bloom thru my stay.  If you ever get a chance to go to the Park, definitely make sure you get out of your car and hike a bit, it’s incredible to me that most people who travel there might drive thru the park and then spend most of their time shopping in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg.  If shopping is your thing thats fine, but by all means take the time to take a walk thru the woods it can truly be a life altering experience for you, especially in the spring or fall !!

So here are the flowers that you can see all along your hike and there too many more to post now but I will try to share then every no  and then for you to see, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

And don’t forget to click on the images for best results.

 

 

Fire Pink

                                                                                                                                                            

Foam Flower

                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Wild Columbine

                                                                                                                                                                              

Madison Indiana Winter

OK although it has cooled down a bit I am still in need of a nice walk thru a cool environment, it doesn’t look like it will be coming outside real soon so I will just have to substitute a shot from a few winters ago.

This image came form Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana, we had just received a nice accumulation of snow and the roads were clear enough for me to travel thru the park, it was just one of the many stream images I captured that day. You just can’t beat Clifty Falls for photography, the natural beauty of this park is unparalleled for this part of the country and is a must visit anytime you are in this area.

I purposely blurred the bottom and top part of this image just as a different look for this subject…not sure if I like it what do you think ?

 

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Just thought I might share this with you since the weather has been so hot, it’s kinda nice to go back in time a bit and enjoy a cool moment for a change. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !

 

“Madison Indiana Photography, Sweet White Violet”

I spent another afternoon out looking for wildflowers in Clifty Falls State Park here in Madison Indiana. The weather is warm and there is plenty of moisture but the flowers still haven’t busted out yet, Hepatica and a few small Bloodroot are popping but all in all it looks to still to be a few days away.

I am starting to get busy already this year with the studio side of my photography..I already have shot a wedding, two infants a senior with another senior this weekend. So somehow I will just have to make time to get out  and shoot the wildflowers this year whether I have the time or not!!

I plan on a quick trip down to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well, I haven’t been down for the bloom for a couple of years so I am really looking forward to shooting in one of the most amazing places on earth to shoot wildflowers !!

I shot this beautiful little Sweet White Violet down there a few years back, the moisture on the bloom came from the nearly impenetrable fog that we hiked thru that morning along the trail to Spruce Flat Falls  in the Tremont section of the Smokies. The numbers and varieties of wildflowers that bloom in the park are too numerous and varied to go into now but rest assured if you ever get there for the bloom you will be amazed at their beauty !!

The GSMNP is the only place I would go to instead of our area here in Southern Indiana for photographing wildflowers so you know it must a pretty incredible place for me to make that statement !!

So I am hoping as the week progresses I should be able to start photographing wildflowers and if I get real lucky maybe and I can have a good year  shooting in both areas…we’ll see 😉

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, as always click on the image for best viewing !!

                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

“Madison Indiana Wildflowers”

After witnessing the horrific damage and despair in our area it was nice to get out and hike earlier this week.  Hoping to see few wildflowers poking their heads up out of the forest floor, and low and behold I have come across a few, and it look like this weekend things should really star to heat up !!

I hiked thru the gorge at Clifty Falls State Park here in Madison Indiana coming across mostly Hepatica and Spring Beauties, the green part of the plants of many other species are about ready to produce a bud. This time of the year is volatile though so any cold snap could push everything back by a few days, bit long term it looks like rain and warm temps the next week, which is perfect for wildflowers.

The image I am posting is the Common Blue Violet which according to wikipedia.. I know it’s long but I thought I might share it….

Viola (US play /vˈlə/ and UK /ˈv.ələ/)[1] is a genus of flowering plants in the violet family Violaceae, with around 400–500 species distributed around the world. Most species are found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere; however, viola species (commonly called violets, pansies or heartsease) are also found in widely divergent areas such as Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes in South America.

Most Viola species are perennial plants, some are annual plants, and a few are small shrubs. A number of species are grown for their ornamental flowers in borders and rock gardens; the garden pansy in particular is an extensively used spring and autumn/winter bedding and pot plant. Viola and violetta are terms used by gardeners and generally in horticulture for neat, small-flowered hybrid plants intermediate in size between pansies and violets

Viola species typically have heart-shaped, scalloped leaves, though a number have palmate leaves or other shapes. The vast majority of Viola species are herbaceous, and a substantial number are acaulescent in habit – meaning they lack any noticeable stems and the foliage and flowers appear to rise from the ground; the remaining species have short stems with foliage and flowers produced in the axils of the leaves. The simple leaves of plants with either habit are arranged alternately; the acaulescent species produce basal rosettes. Plants always have leaves with stipules that are often leaf-like.

A viola cultivar showing the large round flowers and the novel coloration that has been achieved through breeding.

The flowers of the vast majority of the species are zygomorphic with bilateral symmetry. The flowers are formed from five petals; four are upswept or fan-shaped petals with two per side, and there is one broad, lobed lower petal pointing downward. The shape of the petals and placement defines many species, for example, some Viola species have a “spur” on the end of each petal while most have a spur on the lower petal.

Solitary flowers end long stalks with a pair of bracteoles. The flowers have 5 sepals that persist after blooming, and in some species the sepals enlarge after blooming. The flowers have five free stamens with short filaments that are oppressed against the ovary, only the lower two stamens have nectary spurs that are inserted on the lowest petal into the spur or a pouch. The flower styles are thickened near the top and the stigmas are head-like, narrowed or often beaked. The flowers have a superior ovary with one cell, which has three placentae, containing many ovules.

Viola flowers are most often spring blooming with chasmogamous flowers with well-developed petals pollinated by insects. Many species also produce self-pollinated cleistogamous flowers in summer and autumn that do not open and lack petals.[4] In some species the showy chasmogamous flowers are infertile (e.g.,Viola papilionacea).[5]

After flowering, fruit capsules are produced that split open by way of three valves.[6] On drying, the capsules may eject seeds with considerable force to distances of several meters.[7] The nutlike seeds have straight embryos, flat cotyledons, and soft fleshy endosperm that is oily.[8] The seeds of some species have elaiosomes and are dispersed by ants.[9]

Flower colours vary in the genus, ranging from violet, as their common name suggests, through various shades of blue, yellow, white, and cream, whilst some types are bicolored, often blue and yellow. Many cultivars and hybrids have been bred in a greater spectrum of colours. Flowering is often profuse, and may last for much of the spring and summer.

One quirk of some viola is the elusive scent of their flowers; along with terpenes, a major component of the scent is a ketone compound called ionone, which temporarily desensitises the receptors of the nose, thus preventing any further scent being detected from the flower until the nerves recover.

After that long copy I just wanted to let you know what a great time of the year we are coming up on and hopefully you can make the time for a hike and get out and enjoy the amazing display of color that is about ready to envelope the canyons and gorges of Southern Indiana,

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.