Merry Christmas from the Kasper family !!
Merry Christmas from the Kasper family !!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located three miles east of Seymour, Indiana, on U.S. Route 50. Established in 1966, it comprises 7,802 acres in its main area of eastern Jackson and western Jennings counties, and an additional 78 acres in northwestern Monroe County, near Bloomington, Indiana, known as the “Restle Unit”. It was established thanks to the selling of Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamps, commonly known as Duck Stamps, by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It was Indiana’s first National Wildlife Refuge. The name comes from the Muscatatuck River, which means “land of winding waters”.
Converted farm lands comprise 60% of the total land area of the refuge. Several archaeological sites in the refuge are on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the tree cover is deciduous forest.
A visitor center, eight hiking trails (ranging from a fifth of a mile to four miles (6 km) of easy to moderate hiking), a four-mile (6 km) driving tour, two pioneer cemeteries, and a log cabin of historical significance are available for the 125,000 annual visitors to the refuge to enjoy. The refuge is open for visitation from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
The primary wildlife protected in the refuge is waterfowl and other birds, including mating pairs of bald eagles.
On December 23, 1998 a small flock of four trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator) were re-introduced to the refuge when they flew from Sudbury, Ontario accompanied by an ultra-light plane. This was the first time trumpeters had migrated to southern Indiana in over 100 years. Although these trumpeters returned to Sudbury in 1999 and 2000, the flock appears to have died out, although other re-introduced trumpeters visit the refuge in the winter today.
Also migrating tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) winter at Muscatatuck every year, usually a month or so before Christmas.
In 2001, the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership raised whooping crane (Grus americana) chicks in Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge then guided them to Florida’s Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, utilizing Muscatatuck as a stopover site on the migrations. That population has been successful and by 2010 there were up to 105 migrating birds established in the eastern United States for the first time in over 100 years. The migrating birds are regularly seen during migration stopovers at Muscatatuck, often in the company of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis).
Changing up a bit here and I think I will start posting images from what is my favorite subject to photograph and that is wildflowers. And I will share them from one of my favorite spots to photograph at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana.
Clifty has an incredibly diverse amount of wildflowers and some of the finest displays in the midwest. If you get a chance to visit in mid to late April I would definitely make the trip I don’t think you would be disappointed not only are the wildflowers worth the trip but hiking in the park is second to none.
The subject I am sharing today is also one of my favorites and that is the Virginia Bluebell.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mertensia virginica (common names Virginia bluebell, Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf, Roanoke bells) is a spring ephemeral plant with bell-shaped sky-blue flowers, native to eastern North America.
Flowerbuds are pink. Flowers have five petals fused into a tube, five stamens, and a central pistil (carpel). They are borne in mid-spring in nodding spiral-shaped cymes at the end of arched stems. Flowers are usually blue, but white or pink flowers occur rarely.
The stamens and stigma are spaced too far apart for self-fertilization. The flower can be pollinated by bumblebees but, due to its funnel shape bumblebees must hover, making the bumblebee a rare pollinator. Butterflies are the most common pollinators because they can easily perch on the edges and still enjoy the nectar.
Plants are hardy to hardiness zone 3: −40 °C (−40 °F).
That is the detailed description which I am too lazy to come up with myself and I will share one of my original images I captured earlier this spring.
Hope you enjoy the info and image and thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look.
Here is a image from last summer when a thunderstorm had blown thru Madison Indiana and left that great light you don’t see very often what I like to call storm light. Storms that time of the year usually form and blow thru late afternoon and evening which is usually sweet light anyway but throw a storm into it and watch that light then !!!
I sat out the storm at home but walked down to main street and waited for the light to shine thru. And low and behold it came out just like I was hoping, main street was washed in a warm soft light that added a golden touch to everything it touched. The same image in regular light would have not been very interesting but this light changed everything and added a beautiful dimension to the picture.
I hope you enjoy the image and thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look.
In my last posts I shared images of the new Madison Milton Bridge and described what a great job was done in building the new structure. Even though the bridge has many new details that make it a great replacement for the old bridge the one that I like the most is the walkway built on it’s east side.
Walking the bridge has become the new pastime for many downtown Madison Indiana residents it’s great physical activity and plus you get fantastic views of the Ohio River you were never able to get before. More than that the walkway has become a great place t0 photograph the river valley. There are so many fascinating subjects you are able to capture, from the power plant to the barges and boats that navigate the river below, it is a photographers dream location for the Madison area.
The image I am sharing was done earlier this spring during a beautiful sunset. The walkway gives a great unobstructed view of the valley and you are able to get great sunset shots with out the hills and trees getting in the way. I hope you enjoy the image and if you get a chance to travel to Madison take a walk across the bridge I think you will really enjoy it.
Here is another image of the new bridge over the Ohio River at Madison Indiana. This time I created this shot during a snowstorm at 3 am, best time to get out with no people in the way. All kinds of elements were going in this shot, light,snow and reflections in the river and I think I brought them together for a pretty good image.
The bridge is just one of the many great subjects you can photograph here. Historic Architecture to beautiful natural settings, they all surround the Madison Indiana area making it one of the best spots in Indiana for photography.
Hope you enjoy the image and thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
In the time I have been away from this blog many things have happened in our community of Madison Indiana and one of the great things was the opening of the new Madison Milton bridge. Many who had traveled the old bridge can tell stories of how bad it shook or meeting a large vehicle coming from the other direction and thinking you wouldn’t make it thru, and there were many mishaps on the bridge as well.
But all that changed with the new bridge. The lanes are very wide and it has a great pedestrian walkway built on the outside of the bridge as well. So travel over the new bridge has a totally different feel than the old one. But the old one had some pretty cool character to it and it was great to photograph as well.
So I thought I might start sharing some photos of the new bridge just so you can see for yourself in case you never get to drive over it. This image came last winter and I really like how the bridge was throwing down that great shadow over the landscape. With the snow and cold I thought it was best processed as a black and white conversion to show the mood in the valley that day.
I will share more in the days ahead and I hope you enjoy this image and thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!