The Zebra Swallowtail

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Here is an image of one of my favorite butterflies, the Zebra Swallowtail. I photographed this wonderful specimen at Splinter Ridge FWA here in Madison Indiana.

The Zebra has such a unique appearance and their sometime ferocious defense of their territory make them such an amazing species of butterfly you can’t help but admire them.

I once watched a beat up male chase away every other butterfly trying to feed on a patch of butterfly weed and after running them all off he turned his attention to me lol !!

And if you ever watch one flying thru an open field with it’s beautiful tail twisting in the wind you would understand what a wonderful animal they are. So if you ever get a chance to be out and come across the Zebra, take some time to sit and observe this great wonder of the natural world !!

Halloween Pennant

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The Halloween Pennant is a great dragonfly with a very distinct color that has you thinking Halloween with the warm fall color !!

I captured this one at Big Oaks NWR not long ago, I have kinda stayed away from this type of photography because of the speed of these beautiful insects. But after hanging around watching them for a while I see they have a penchant for flying back to the same spot you scared them from if you give them some time.

So if wildflowers and butterflies weren’t enough I have to add dragonflies to the list of things to photograph as well …I guess it’s better than hanging out in bars lol !!

Madison Indiana Butterflies

I have seen so many butterflies this year I don’t even know where to begin. We have such a rich diversity of nature here in the Madison area and butterflies are a big part of it.

It’s not hard to come across these flying little gems, with all the public land and the many gardens that we have in this area it’s no wonder I have been able to locate and photograph so many varieties.

So now after getting back into this blogging thing a bit I will start sharing some of the many beautiful images of these great little miracles of nature !!

Fountain Light

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A different view of the the Broadway Fountain here in Madison Indiana. Most people shoot the whole fountain which leads to a lot of cars and people being in the frame. So this time I decided to just concentrate on a intimate view with just one of the statues with light and water droplets as a backdrop.

I think it came out pretty cool !!

Madison Indiana Landmarks

 

Here are a few pics from my hometown of Madison Indiana. There are so many beautiful places to photograph here you could walk the downtown district for days and not run out of things to photograph !!

Not only are there great architectural subjects to capture but the natural diversity that we are so blessed to live in is second to none. My biggest problem is spending so much time working the natural aspect of our area I tend to forget all the other historic places that Madison is famous for.

This is definitely the place to come and explore for a weekend or a long vacation you won’t be sorry you did !!

Madison Regatta Fireworks

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 !!

Monarch Frenzy

Frenzy is the only word I can use to describe what I have been seeing here in Madison Indiana when it comes to Monarch behavior the last couple evenings. And I think this is as close as I may ever come to witnessing a full fledged Monarch roost as I may ever come to see as well.

I work at King’s Daughters’ Health a hospital based in Southern Indiana near Madison. The hospital sits on twenty two acres of land that right now is covered in Goldenrod and White Aster. We are also right in the middle of the annual Monarch migration and with this years brood of butterflies being one of the best, some say in the last twenty years, it has definitely made for a frenzy of activity right at my own workplace!

The last two nights I have observed hundreds of these beautiful creatures and they have been so accommodating to my presence that I have been able to capture many images of these majestic little jewels, probably more than in any other year of photographing them, all in two evenings!

I don’t know how long this will last the weather tonight turned windy and wet and while leaving work I did not see nearly as many gliding over the fields like I had seen in the last couple days. Hopefully the weather will settle and maybe if I am lucky I will get a couple more shots at this amazing spectacle before they continue on their migration south to central Mexico.

There are many times in life’s journey you come across times that make such an impression on you that you carry them with you the rest of your life and I believe this may be one of those times. Some people may scoff at this but when you spend as much time as I have pursuing these and all other butterflies the last few years it’s these times that make it all worth while!

Hope you enjoy the images and maybe someday you will be able to witness a moment like this as well!