Here is the last of the images from Clifty Falls Sate Park that I was able to capture of fall this year. Once again I can’t state enough on how beautiful Clifty Falls State Park, located near Madison Indiana is, if you only get a chance to visit one Indiana Sate Park this coming year definitely make it Clifty Falls.
I captured these images along the road that travels above Clifty Canyon, just walking along the road is a wonderful hike in its self, the colors were beautiful and the scene down into the gorge makes for a lovely walk on a brisk fall afternoon.
If you are more adventurous you can hike down into the gorge but the only problem with that is you have to hike back up lol !! The best time to hike into the canyon is in the spring when the water and all the beautiful wildflowers are at their peak, there are not that many places in the Midwest that put on a wildflower show like Clifty does.
Hope you enjoy the photography and for best viewing click on the images, thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
The woods are really starting to come to life with fresh spring greenery , the first subjects I found were White Trout Lily (pictured first) these great little flowers are everywhere this year and the reason for their namesake is the pattern on the leaf looks like the patterns on a trout. They are a tough specimen to photograph because of the way the bloom seems to nod over making it nearly impossible to view the stamens on this subject.
Another flower in full bloom is the Hepatica, they also have taken over the canyons and gorges of Clifty Falls with their beautiful white and blue blooms, the biggest disadvantage of shooting them is any little breeze keeps them hopping for a good while…patience is a must with these flowers.
My last image is just of the evening light enveloping the blooms of some nondescript bush in the beautiful warmth of the early spring sunset. I tried getting out tonight but heavy thunderstorms and rain held me at bay, so tomorrow morning will be my next trip in.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at mt images, clicking on them will get you the best results for viewing, have a great evening !!
The warm weather and storms the last couple of days have just been a tease for what is about to break out around Madison Indiana, by the end of this month the gorges and canyons that line the Ohio River here in Southern Indiana will come alive with a rich variety of beautiful wildflowers, this area boasts one of the best displays of wildflowers in the Midwest.
One of the best places to hike and view the wildflowers is in Clifty Falls State Park, the park happens to be one of the best areas that I have photographed wildflowers and it doesn’t hurt that it is just a few miles form my front door. From the early season Bloodroot to the late blooming Wild Columbine you can’t beat Clifty or any of the other public or private lands that surround my home town for photographing these beautiful little gems.
The image I have posted I actually shot few a years back in Clifty and I reprocessed it and thought I might post it again just to get ready for the annual bloom. I really loved how the fern unfurling seems to be reaching for the light..hence the title.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate with me this year, unlike last years horrible weather, and I will b able to get some great shots to share with you. Hope you enjoy the pic and thanks for stopping by, and click the image for best result.
Two months from now the woods and canyons that surround Madison Indiana will transform from the dark bleak environment that we have lived with for the last few months, into a display of color and fragrance that makes it hard to even believe that it is the same area that we live in.
I still believe that this part of Southeastern Indiana with it’s many waterfalls and unique geographic features is the most under utilized area for tourism in the Midwest, I have traveled and hiked some of the other destinations in the East and this area is definitely right near the top for natural beauty.
With the beautiful hardwood gorges and 25 waterfalls 30 feet or bigger, the day hiker could go afield for many days just to witness the natural geographic wonders that lie in our own backyard.
And every spring these tree lined canyons explode with a display of wildflowers that rivals even the beautiful blooms of the Great Smoky and Appalachian Mountains, the only problem is I may be the only person singing the praises of this hidden gem we live in, for me personally that might be a good thing but in terms of economic and tourism dollars it’s not so good.
Clifty Falls State Park puts on a few nice walks thru the park in the spring but the area around the park is definitely being underutilized and some sort of leadership from city and state government needs to step up and promote the beauty that surrounds us here in Madison.
But if local government can’t get the job rolling maybe it’s time for the people in the private sector to take it into their hands and get the ball rolling and then maybe it would get noticed by someone higher up in the food chain and then we could give an already beautiful and Historic Madison another piece in the economic game of tourism dollars !!
Thanks for listening to my rant and here are just a couple of the beautiful examples of the area we call home !