Merry Christmas from the Kasper family !!
Merry Christmas from the Kasper family !!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located three miles east of Seymour, Indiana, on U.S. Route 50. Established in 1966, it comprises 7,802 acres in its main area of eastern Jackson and western Jennings counties, and an additional 78 acres in northwestern Monroe County, near Bloomington, Indiana, known as the “Restle Unit”. It was established thanks to the selling of Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamps, commonly known as Duck Stamps, by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It was Indiana’s first National Wildlife Refuge. The name comes from the Muscatatuck River, which means “land of winding waters”.
Converted farm lands comprise 60% of the total land area of the refuge. Several archaeological sites in the refuge are on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the tree cover is deciduous forest.
A visitor center, eight hiking trails (ranging from a fifth of a mile to four miles (6 km) of easy to moderate hiking), a four-mile (6 km) driving tour, two pioneer cemeteries, and a log cabin of historical significance are available for the 125,000 annual visitors to the refuge to enjoy. The refuge is open for visitation from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
The primary wildlife protected in the refuge is waterfowl and other birds, including mating pairs of bald eagles.
On December 23, 1998 a small flock of four trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator) were re-introduced to the refuge when they flew from Sudbury, Ontario accompanied by an ultra-light plane. This was the first time trumpeters had migrated to southern Indiana in over 100 years. Although these trumpeters returned to Sudbury in 1999 and 2000, the flock appears to have died out, although other re-introduced trumpeters visit the refuge in the winter today.
Also migrating tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) winter at Muscatatuck every year, usually a month or so before Christmas.
In 2001, the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership raised whooping crane (Grus americana) chicks in Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge then guided them to Florida’s Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, utilizing Muscatatuck as a stopover site on the migrations. That population has been successful and by 2010 there were up to 105 migrating birds established in the eastern United States for the first time in over 100 years. The migrating birds are regularly seen during migration stopovers at Muscatatuck, often in the company of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis).
Here is another image of the new bridge over the Ohio River at Madison Indiana. This time I created this shot during a snowstorm at 3 am, best time to get out with no people in the way. All kinds of elements were going in this shot, light,snow and reflections in the river and I think I brought them together for a pretty good image.
The bridge is just one of the many great subjects you can photograph here. Historic Architecture to beautiful natural settings, they all surround the Madison Indiana area making it one of the best spots in Indiana for photography.
Hope you enjoy the image and thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
Believe it or not I actually forgot to post a couple shots of something I wanted to share from this past winter, with everything else I shot it just slipped thru, I was able to capture a few images of some frozen ice abstracts from a creek near my home here in Madison Indiana.
First thing about shooting on a frozen creek is don’t fall thru. Sounds simple but it always seems to happen to me and on this day it did again, thank goodness the water was shallow, just make sure your careful and the water below is shallow and if you have any concerns find some place else. You will definitely need a tripod to give the camera a stable platform to shoot from and I use me Sigma 150 mm macro for all my closeup photography.
Basically I then start out looking for interesting patterns in the ice to come up with interesting compositions, the hardest part from me was finding good comps on ice that I could then set up and photograph on without falling thru lol !!
Small apertures and long exposures usually are in order and when I get to post processing I converted most the images to black and white for a more dramatic feel. And after all that here are a couple images from this shoot on the ice that cold winter’s day.
Just remember to be careful on the ice and hopefully there won’t be any more ice to photograph this year and you have to try it out next winter !!
Another day another shot of cold and snow flurries, blah blah blah !!! This winter has led to a lot of frustration and borderline depression and now it is leading me into another problem and that is spending too much time on Adorama and B&H’s camera sites and with a debit card sitting next to me you know this will only lead to trouble lol !!
So instead of feeding my camera fix I thought I might post another winter shot, sorry it’s how I feel now, this is a black and white image with a old farm fence leading out into a snow covered winter scene….haven’t seen that before have we !!
But there is good news in all this the NCAA Basketball Tourney is going on and since I am stuck here I am at least seeing some great games, especially the Cats win over Wichita State yesterday, one of the best games I have seen in a while!!
Like so many other rough times in our life all this bad weather will pass spring will arrive and I will be able to get out and photograph beautiful wildflowers and enjoy myself outdoors again. Thanks for taking a look at my photography and just be patient because it will get here sooner or later…maybe !!
Wonderful today snow this weekend…. It is becoming the story of my life right now, I feel like I am reliving the scene out of the movie BraveHeart with Mel Gibson, where he tells his soldiers hold hold hold, at least they are getting their frustrations let out in combat lol !!
So I guess I can let out some of my frustrations with another winter image I captured this past winter here in Madison Indiana. I guess it is better than not posting anything at all and I know it will get better but in the meantime more winter !!
I know this type of image doesn’t appeal to everyone because of the blurred nature of the composition, but I really like experimenting with my photography and I love the ghosting effect that using this method gives you. Just simply shooting at f/11 on a cloudy day then just quickly panning the camera up and down just a couple inches at a slow shutter speed can result in images like this. Like I said not everyone’s cup of tea but I kind like it and it’s fun getting the different results.
Hope you enjoy viewing my work and thanks for stopping by, eventually I may even be able to post some wildflowers from here in Southern Indiana, if we ever get spring !!
Reached the 70’s today and with spring inching it’s way closer and closer to us I thought I might keep posting more images from this past winter before it gets too warm. Even though the winter was pretty harsh I was able to come up with quite a few images in between snowstorms and sub zero temperatures.
Spent a lot of time photographing downtown Madison Indiana this past winter, not for any real reason except that I live downtown and could walk to most of the places I shoot lol !!
I converted an awful lot of my images to black and white this winter not for any real artistic reason but maybe just the fact that was the mood that I spent most of my winter in, whatever the reason most of my winter photography tends to end up that way and I kinda like the results.
The first image I captured at night of Main Street during one of our many snows that we endured, I really liked the dark and isolated feel to this one, being that cold and late not much was going on anyway so it kinda helped out the mood.
The second I took one morning after a snow from on top of a hill overlooking downtown towards the Power plant. The fog was drifting off the Ohio River partially obscuring the power plant, I also liked the roofs of all the buildings in the foreground adding scale to the photograph.
So here you go just a couple more shots from my hometown and the wonderful winter we enjoyed this past year…wink wink !!!