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Madison Indiana Winter

I just had a weird idea maybe if I post more pics of the winter we have experienced here in Madison Indiana then maybe karma will strike and spring will arrive faster  for us…..Nah but you can dream can’t ya !!

Oh well here a couple more from this past winter anyway, hope you enjoy them because I really didn’t !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                              march snow 2 2013

march snow 1 2013

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“Wildflowers..Madison Indiana”

The wildflowers are still blooming fast ans furious here in Madison Indiana, just about every early species is in full bloom, including Virginia Bluebell, Wild Phlox and Squirrel Corn  all pictured here. The weather has been outstanding and the bloom is amazing the only foreseeable problem has been a lack of moisture and the speed of which the bloom has been progressing.

I can see most of the early bloom past peak by next week and then the later flowers blooming thru the next couple of weeks and then it will probably be gone, usually by that time the early blooms would be peaking, so it looks like the bloom is running a couple weeks ahead of schedule.  I can’t control that just hopefully be out in the woods when it is at it’s peak !!!

Here are three different wildflower images I got earlier today all three are peaking as we speak and hopefully I will be able to get a  few more shots of them thru the weekend, there is heavy rain in the forecast which would actually help some and keep the blooms from drying out.

Clifty Falls is ablaze right now with all the beautiful color palettes that these early season wildflowers have to offer. Ina couple more weeks it will be gone so if you have the chance to hike the park now would be a great time to get out and view this beautiful display of nature before it disappears !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                           Virginia Bluebell

                                                                                                                                                                            Wild Phlox

 

                                                                                                                                                                                           

Squirrel Corn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Clifty Falls Wildflowers”

The wildflowers are really exploding here in Madison Indiana especially at Clifty Falls State Park, it seems like every early wildflower is blooming at once making it very difficult to try and shoot just one species at a time…but I am not complaining !!

I am sharing three  of the early bloomers in the Hepatica, Rue Anemone and Bloodroot…all three are blooming profusely now and making for quite a beautiful hike thru the park. This is one of those times where i really enjoy macro photography, I have been getting some great shots and hopefully weather permitting it looks like it’s going to be a quick but potentially exceptional wildflower season here in Southern Indiana !!

Not going to spend much writing now I need to get back out and fill my cards with as many shots as possible before it all ends, thanks for stopping by and taking a look and hope to see you out in the woods and canyons here in Madison !!

                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                         Hepatica

                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                         Rue Anemone

                                                                                                                                                                                     

Bloodroot

” Madison Indiana Wildflowers”

Finally took the camera with me yesterday evening on a hike thru Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana for some wildflower photography.

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 !!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

“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.