Posted by: kerryl29 | May 5, 2015

The Rites of Spring

Each year during the Midwest spring, I try to get out with the camera at least a few times.  I managed four short day trips this season; it wasn’t as much as I’d have liked, but it was a fair piece better than nothing.  Here’s some of the fruit of these recent excursions.

Little Clifty Creek, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

Little Clifty Creek, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

I spent part of a day during the first half of April at Clifty Falls State Park in far southeast Indiana.  The trees were just beginning to bud when I was there–wish I’d been able to go back 7-10 days later when things were a bit further along.

One of the frustrating things about Clifty Falls is that, while there are four tall, impressive waterfalls in the park, there are very, very few good views to be had of any of them.  As a result, I spent the bulk of my time shooting creeks and wildflowers.

Little Clifty Creek, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

Little Clifty Creek, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

I did make a long, rather unpleasant slog up Clifty Creek in the hopes of getting a good look at Big Clifty Falls from below; I had to ford the creek at least a dozen times on the roundtrip  but the end view wasn’t quite what I’d hoped.

Big Clifty Falls, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

Big Clifty Falls, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

This was as close as I was able to get to the waterfall (which you can see in the background).  None of the other three tall waterfalls in the park can even be approached this closely from below, which is disappointing.

Blue Phlox Intimate, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

Blue Phlox Intimate, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

The following week, I took a very quick trip late one afternoon to Mucatatuck Wildlife Refuge, near the town of Seymour, Indiana, about an hour south of Indianapolis.  It was the first time I’d been to this particular refuge, and I mostly just poked around, as something of a scouting session for possible future visits.  I did manage to capture a few frames of this interesting, mixed ecosystem locale.

Muscatatuck Evening, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana

Muscatatuck Evening, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana

Muscattuck includes–as I understand it–the northernmost collection of cypress trees in North America.

Cypress Black & White, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana

Cypress Black & White, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana

Back in Illinois, I made two trips to the Morton Arboretum, about 25 miles west of Chicago this past week.

Daffodil Glade, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Daffodil Glade, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

The daffodils at the Arb’s Daffodil Glade were in peak bloom–that’s a good week to ten days later than most years.  The bluebells, which were badly stunted by the extraordinarily long, harsh winter of 2013-14 were in much, much better shape this spring.

Bluebells Intimate, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Bluebells Intimate, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Bluebells Hillside, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Bluebells Hillside, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Virginia Bluebells, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Virginia Bluebells, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

The wild lilies on the West Side of the Arboretum were carpeting the hillsides.

Lilies Intimate, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Lilies Intimate, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

And some of the flowering trees were in full dress as well.

Tulip Tree Evening, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

Tulip Tree Evening, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, Illinois

It wasn’t an epic experience this spring but it was very nice to get out with the camera in decent weather for the first time in many months.

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By the time this post sees the light of day I’ll be on my way to the West Coast for photo opportunities on the southern Oregon coast, the coastal redwoods area of northern California and Silver Falls State Park back in north-central Oregon.  I’ll be back in town–and on the blog–in mid-May.

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Responses

  1. nice

  2. The Cypress Black & White, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge worked very well!

  3. Such a gorgeous series, love the beautiful spring colors…This is such a great way to start the day for me.

  4. All great shots, but my favorite is the blue phlox. The delicate blooms and the rich green leaves just say “spring.” Have a wonderful and productive trip to the west coast.

    • Thanks, Ellen. I’m on Day 5 of the trip and it’s going quite well so far.

  5. I love your work no matter where the images were shot!

    Good luck on your trip!

  6. Very nice work!

  7. beautiful!!!

  8. Lovely gentle waterfall. Looks like early spring here in northeast Ohio.

  9. Love the pink tulip tree 🙂

  10. such pretty colours that say spring .

  11. Beautiful stuff! Great work, or should I say, play?! : )

    I’d say, “Keep it up,” but I think you’d do that anyway! : )

    Best wishes,

    Dave

    • Thanks very much good sir!

  12. Reblogged this on berylbree's Blog and commented:
    gorgeous..

  13. […] noted in an earlier post, I flew from Chicago to Portland, Oregon on May 3 and drove from the Portland area to Gold Beach, […]

  14. Great shots. Nice pics and explanation.

  15. Nice photos! They make me long for the beautiful Spring over there!

    • Thanks very much!

  16. […] noted in an earlier post, I flew from Chicago to Portland, Oregon on May 3 and drove from the Portland area to Gold Beach, […]

  17. WOW WOW WOW those are some BEAUTIFUL photos! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks for the kind words!


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