From me to all of you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and may your New Year bring you peace and joy !!
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.
An Evening in Madison Indiana
It’s not often that you get a great sunset or rainbow to photograph, but when it happens three evenings in a row, then that’s something special.
And that’s exactly what happened here in Madison Indiana this past week. Starting with a brilliant sunset on the Ohio River on Tuesday. Followed by an amazing sky at the old Jefferson Proving Ground on Wednesday and then ending with a beautiful rainbow along the River Walk Thursday.
And the best part is being able to capture these wonderful events, especially living in these hectic times when being able to slow down and enjoy these special moments is very rare.
So here they are and hopefully by sharing them with you it will help you slow down a bit and enjoy that moment as well.
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Captured this beautiful little specimen at my place of employment here in Madison Indiana. These are one of my favorite butterflies their color is brilliant in their wings patterns and when they do take the time to rest they show off their amazing profile for everyone to see.
The fields around out hospital have so many wildflowers and butterflies it almost seems you are in some hidden prairie somewhere out in the plains . The only problem is it does need to be mowed now and then and I am hoping they wait a bit more because it has a incredible amount of goldenrod and the Monarchs will be migrating thru soon.
And this wildflower is one of their most attractive sources for nectar that helps get them thru on their long journey to Mexico.
Thanks for taking a look.
Clifty Falls Wildflowers…Trout Lily
Another great wildflower that grows in our area is the Trout Lily. Found in large clusters this beautiful little flower gets it’s name for the trout like pattern on the leaves of the newly emerging wildflower.
The trout lily sprouts and flowers in early spring, before new tree leaves grow. Plants grow from a white bulb that have a tooth-like shape. This wildflower will usually grow when underground rhizomes spread and form clusters or colonies. Mature plants also spread by seeds. Ants can scatter the seeds, eating part of the seed and leaving the rest to germinate. And some trout lily colonies can be 200 to 300 years old.
The plants are found in woodland habitats and moist hillsides the stamens can either be yellow or black and can be quite large for such a small plant. The Trout Lily is just another great example of all the wonderful wildflowers that are on display right now just waiting for you to view.