Sunset on the Monarch

This may be the last one for this year but hopefully not forever.

The Monarch is definitely in trouble. With all the problems because of their low population numbers still trying to rebound and habitat loss all along their range, these beautiful animals have a hard road ahead and we may be their only hope.

Plant Milkweed, stop over mowing and discontinuing the use of dangerous herbicides will help bring back their numbers. All of these actions are attainable and will make a difference in their population as well as making a better life for all wildlife.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Little Clifty Falls

Spent a cold morning hiking to Little Clifty Falls in the Clifty Falls Sate Park near Madison Indiana. Most of the leafs have fallen and we finally received some substantial rainfall the night before so there was good flow in the water.

This has not been one of the better fall seasons for color or water flow for the many waterfalls that we have here in Jefferson County. But there was still enough fall scenes to salvage this season and find I did still find some very beautiful scenes to capture.

Little Clifty falls resides in Clifty Falls Park, the park boasts many smaller falls and cascades along Clifty creek. There are five big falls located in the park with Little Clifty being the smallest of the five.

I was hoping to catch high water flow surrounded by colorful fall leafs but the dry fall put a halt to that. But the park is still beautiful and any day walking the canyons and trails here makes it worth the visit.

Hope you enjoy the pics and if you are looking for a great place to visit in Southern Indiana try spending a day in Clifty Falls State Park.

Fall at Clifty Falls State Park

It hasn’t been the best or worst fall I have witnessed but no matter how bad the colors are, Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana always puts on a show.

Even though the park is famous for it’s waterfalls every fall all of the beautiful hardwood trees that line the gorges of this special place put on a magical display of color that rarely disappoints.

Maple, Hickory, Popular and Oak are just a few of the many varieties of trees that change with the season. There are many wonderful trails that lead you in and out of the Clifty Canyon and give you a up close and personal view of the splendor of this special place.

And if hiking is not your thing the road thru the park gives you fabulous views of the canyon and of all the great trees as well.

But you better hurry if you want to view the colors because they are peaking now and won’t be around much longer !!

Migration of the Monarch Butterflies

Finally got to see the Monarchs migrating thru the Madison Indiana area over this past weekend. I think there may still be a few feeding and resting at King’s Daughters Health, where I have captured so many, but I kinda threw my back out Monday and can’t get out to see. So for me it’s over for the year.

What I witnessed was definitely an incredible site, I captured over eight hundred images of them feeding and resting in the beautiful fall wildflowers that cover the fields that surround our Hospital. Every step I took I would flush out two or three butterflies and send them flying into the afternoon sky. Many times I would look up over the goldenrod that covers the grounds and watch them dancing and chasing each other above the forest of wildflowers in search of their next drink of nectar.

It really is amazing that these wonderful little winged gems used our grounds as a way station for their long trip to Mexico. Even though I witnessed hundreds of Monarchs probably less than 5% of them will make it to the mountains where they overwinter. And that is why we must help them with good conservation practices along their journey south.

Milkweed is the key, years ago it was all along our county roads and highways as well as hay fields and ditches. But now these areas get mowed way more frequently then in the past and it is probably the number one reason for their decline. Many other factors play a roll as well but habitat destruction is the one that can be solved quickly and help get them back on their feet or wings actually.

So if you have a lot of land let some of it go back to nature and instead of planting all those store bought flowers try putting out native wildflowers. Especially milkweed not only will you be helping out the Monarchs but many other butterflies and bee’s will be helped as well.

An Evening in Madison Indiana

It’s not often that you get a great sunset or rainbow to photograph, but when it happens three evenings in a row, then that’s something special.

And that’s exactly what happened here in Madison Indiana this past week. Starting with a brilliant sunset on the Ohio River on Tuesday. Followed by an amazing sky at the old Jefferson Proving Ground on Wednesday and then ending with a beautiful rainbow along the River Walk Thursday.

And the best part is being able to capture these wonderful events, especially living in these hectic times when being able to slow down and enjoy these special moments is very rare.

So here they are and hopefully by sharing them with you it will help you slow down a bit and enjoy that moment as well.