Another great wildflower that grows in our area is the Trout Lily. Found in large clusters this beautiful little flower gets it’s name for the trout like pattern on the leaves of the newly emerging wildflower.
The trout lily sprouts and flowers in early spring, before new tree leaves grow. Plants grow from a white bulb that have a tooth-like shape. This wildflower will usually grow when underground rhizomes spread and form clusters or colonies. Mature plants also spread by seeds. Ants can scatter the seeds, eating part of the seed and leaving the rest to germinate. And some trout lily colonies can be 200 to 300 years old.
The plants are found in woodland habitats and moist hillsides the stamens can either be yellow or black and can be quite large for such a small plant. The Trout Lily is just another great example of all the wonderful wildflowers that are on display right now just waiting for you to view.
The last few nights have been amazing following the Monarchs here in Madison Indiana. It looks like the Monarch Migration is in full swing and looks to be one of the most impressive ones in recent memory.
I really believe I have seen more Monarchs the last few weeks than I have see in my lifetime. One day last week I stood in one spot and gazed over a field of New England Aster and Goldenrod and counted thirty six feeding on the blooms.
But I have heard stories of people just to our north coming across roosts of these magnificent creatures where hundreds have landed for the night, that is what I am looking for! What an incredible sight would that be to behold.
I guess if I keep looking and hitting the fields and woodlots here in Southern Indiana sooner or later I will get my wish and if not it has been an incredible year for photographing and viewing butterflies.
There isn’t too much time left before they will all be gone as the seasons change but it will cool down and the leaves will change and more opportunities will be there for me to get out and photograph all the beauty the area has to offer.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!
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 !!
One of my favorite native wildflowers that grow here in the Madison Indiana area. The blue of a fresh blooming bluebell is one of the most beautifully striking colors in nature and one that must be seen close up. Adding in the lovely contrasting purple colors make this an extremely lovely sight to behold.
So if you get a chance try hiking thru some of the amazing gorges and hillsdies that line the Ohio River here in Southern Indiana and take a closer look at this little gem !!
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 !!!
Ok… so now I am moving on from the flowers in my back yard to the reason I planted all these blooming plants, and that’s so I could hopefully do a better job in photographing butterflies this year.
Never had much luck with butterfly photography but with the cool wet summer here in Madison Indiana, which led to a profusion of blooming plants, I was able to really get out and try my hand with this very challenging aspect of macro photography.
Thankfully I have come across two really great places to photograph these little flying flowers. One is this great field not far from my home that has been planted with an incredible bounty of wildflowers by the State Highway Department and the other is even closer my backyard !! I will post pics of the wildflower field in later posts and thought I would just post pics of the butterflies in my yard for now.
The thing which has really brought the butterflies into my yard this year has been the great bloom my Butterfly Bushes have undergone. I have never seen them bloom like this before and they have attracted everything to them Hummingbirds,Bees,Moths and many other nectar loving insects have used these bushes as a food trough along with other insects looking for that free dinner that gets too close to its webs or claws!!
Here are a few shots of the butterfly that I have photographed the most lately and that’s the Tiger Swallowtail, it’s seems like these gentle giants have had a very good season in terms of survival and numbers and they have become my number subject so far.
I hope you enjoy the images and if you happen to be near a butterfly bush don’t be surprised if you don’t come across a few of these wonderful creatures. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!