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Great Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

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Since the wildflower season has been so poor here in the Madison Indiana area I decided to head south to the mecca of wildflowers….The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A good decision that turned out to be the weather was perfect and the flowers were blooming all over the park. I could post hundreds of images but I thought I would just stick to a view of my favorites with a little info about the flower.

One of the flowers that I really wanted to capture on my trip was the Painted Trillium. From a short description from Wikipedia…

Trillium undulatum, the painted trillium is a wildflower of the genus trillium found from Ontario in the north to northern Georgia in the south and from Michigan in the west to Nova Scotia in the east. It is also known as painted lady or trille ondulé. It demands strongly acidic, humus-rich soils and tends to be found in the shade of acid-loving trees such as eastern white pine, red maple, red spruce and balsam fir. Although the soils that support it have low base saturation, this species was found to have relatively high levels of calcium, magnesium, and especially potassium in its foliage

I was able to capture quite a few images of this beautiful trillium and found over two hundred plants not ready to bloom but within a few years should make for a beautiful site.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Winter Wildflowers

 

 

Spring is trying to break thru but this incredibly cold winter pattern we have been in just won’t give up it’s icy grip on the Madison Indiana area.

I captured these yesterday at Clifty Falls State Park and the weather was actually tolerable but then last night we get two more inches of snow just to add to this already never ending winter.

But there is hope starting tomorrow a big warm up is being predicted and will last thru the weekend and then…. you guessed it more cold and snow forecast for the first of next week lol !!!

First Wildflowers of the Year

Here are few wildflower shots from Clifty Falls State Park this spring, if you want to call it spring. This year has seen one of the worst blooms that I can remember rain, cold and snow have made it miserable and as of now I see no let up in sight.

Hopefully within the next couple weeks things will turn around and maybe I can get some quality photos of the beautiful wildflowers that our area has to offer.

The Madison Indiana area has a multitude or great spots to view wildflowers. Clifty Falls State Park, Splinter Ridge and Big Oaks NWR are just but a few of the great places to find the many diverse specimens of wildflowers that the Midwest has to offer.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from the Kasper family !!

“Madison Indiana Chautauqua of the Arts Photos”

I thought maybe since I attended  the event I might share some photography from the weekend. The weather was perfect and another large crowd attended the event, many beautiful pieces of art were found all along the venue along with great food and live performers made the day great for the entire family.

The Chautauqua draws thousands of visitors from across the Midwest each year bringing with it an untold amount of revenue not only for the exhibitors but the local economy as well. It has also become somewhat of a family reunion for locals in the Madison Indiana area, many  have moved on to other jobs, retirement and school but every September a large number of our former residents seem to make their way back to their home to take in the beautiful display of Art and a chance to catch up with family and friends !!

So if you get a chance late next September try stopping by for a visit or a reunion and also take in the beautiful Art that graces the tree lined streets of Madison Indiana’s Chautauqua of the Arts. The dates for next year are September 28 & 29.