It’s been a few months since I was able to post some images to this blog, actually I could have done it before, just have so many places other than here this blog always seems to be the last place I post lol !!
Even though I live here in Madison Indiana,in my old age, I have tended to become more of a recluse. Spending my free time by myself with my camera or with my family, but this year I decided to step out and visit some of the Madison Regatta events for a change.
I must say they did put on quite a show and I really enjoyed the festivities. From the Parade, to the Roostertail Music Festival and culminating with the Fireworks. We had a wonderful time and fully intend on catching all the events next year especially the boat races. I kinda missed them since I spent all my daytime hours photographing Butterflies !!
So next year I would highly recommend visiting Madison and attending all the wonderful festivities that the Madison Regatta puts on !!
When you think of Indiana usually its basketball or corn fields that come to mind but in Southern Indiana there are an amazing number of large waterfalls that dot the canyons and gorges that lead into the Ohio River.
In Jefferson County there are over forty falls that are forty feet or bigger that call this area home. Clifty Falls has several large beautiful falls including Tunnel which is pictured here. Tunnel Falls is roughly 83 feet tall and fifteen feet wide and after an extended rainy period it can become quite the scene to behold.
With all the wildflowers and waterfalls our area has to offer Jefferson County can be quite the eco friendly place to come for a weekend trip to experience all the natural beauty.
It is so hard to keep up but its spring and that means wildflowers and I will never pass up a chance to share one of my favorite photography subjects with you.
One of the great early season wildflowers is Hepatica a wonderful little flower that usually begin to bloom in middle to late March on wooded slopes and ravines.
Right now the woods are alive with them and there should be plenty in bloom over the next couple weeks. It will be a great time to get out and explore all the beautiful natural areas Southern Indiana has to offer.
Here is another butterfly that inhabits the Madison Indiana area. I captured this beautiful American Lady at Big Oaks NWR earlier this summer.
The American Lady is a wonderful butterfly with amazing wing markings and coloration it is widely distributed across North America. They like low vegetation in open areas, they have 3-4 broods a year and feed on many different wildflowers but are especially fond of button-bush which this one is feeding on in the image I have shared.
The American Lady has two large eye spots on it’s hind wings whereas the Painted Lady has four, both butterflies have a striking resemblance to each other and it can be difficult to differentiate between the two sometimes.
They are also very skittish and it can be extremely difficult to photograph or even approach them at times. A slow advance with as little movement as possible are the best way to get adjacent for very best viewing or photography.
So here is the image and a bit of info on this great butterfly hope you enjoy the post and now is the time to get out and find these beautiful little jewels of nature !!
Here is an image from Big Oaks NWR of a male and female swallowtail feeding on blazing star wildflowers. The blazing star is a wonderful wildflower that attracts many varieties of butterflies and other pollinators.
There is no more a beautiful site than a Blazing Star stalk covered in blooms with multiple butterflies fighting for feeding rights.
Coming across a field of these beautiful wildflowers is like hitting the jackpot for butterfly viewing, they tend to stay very close to the plant and will hold still for long periods of time as well.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
Great song to be listening to when this scene unfolded.
Last year I sat on the Ohio River in Madison Indiana and waited for just the right moment to capture this image as thunderstorms raged just south of the river in Trimble County Kentucky.
I waited and waited for just the right moment and of course I missed it time after time and finally after 400 times I was able to capture what I thought was a pretty good image !!
I guess the moral would be perseverance pays off or maybe just be lucky instead lol !!
Whatever it was it worked out for me this stormy night !!
Been a great summer photographing these flying flowers don’t know if it’s a cycle but I have never saw so many beautiful specimens, especially Monarchs I know their population has taken a great hit over the last few years but this year I have seen a crazy amount of them !!
The image I have posted is a Common Buckeye which I captured at Big Oaks NWR near Madison Indiana a few weeks ago. Absolutely love the markings and the color on this little guy. The butterflies will be really peaking over the next several weeks a as the migration south begins for many of the varieties that inhabit the Midwest.
It’s a great time to get out and view these wonderful creatures !!