Shrader-Weaver Nature Preserve in east-central Indiana harbors a profuse growth of wildflowers each spring, especially Blue-eyed Mary. Blue-eyed Mary usually can be found blooming around the middle of April most years, and this year was no exception.
As I took to the trail, I was accompanied by a dog that lives in the area at a private residence. He appeared to have some Rottweiler mix in him due to the size of his head, but he was a very friendly big blond or tan dog. After allowing me to pet him, he took the lead down the trail stopping occasionally to see if I was still following. He finally went on without me as I stopped to take some photographs.
It wasn't the best day to photograph wildflowers as the light was much harsher than I would have preferred. Also there was a little too much of a breeze. Overcast or cloudy conditions would have made for better images. I limited my close-ups and took mostly overall views of the woodlands showing wildflowers carpeting the ground.
Besides seeing a profusion of Blue-eyed Marys, I saw Prairie Trillium and other trilliums, Phlox, Spring beauties, Violets (purple, yellow, white and multi-colored), Marsh marigolds, and buttercups.
The blooming of the Blue-eyed Mary wildflowers doesn't last long, maybe only a week or so, so if the weather holds out and I have a cloudy day, I may go back and try to take close-ups with the macro lens.
My wife Becky and I spent a week in the Great Smoky Mountains from October 24 to November 1, 2009. The autumn colors were the most spectacular that I have ever witnessed in the Appalachians. We took Numerous photographs to record those brilliant red, yellow, gold, and orange hues.
Every morning, we were up early so we could get out into the field before sunup. Most mornings found us in the dark waiting in line at the entrance to Cades Cove's one-way loop road, waiting for the ranger to open the gate about sunrise.
That's when wildlife are most active and the opportunity to see and photograph them are the greatest. Fog also filled the cove most mornings making for some very interesting and spectacular pictures.
Yesterday was a good example as to why you should always take a camera with you whenever you leave home for any reason. I went to the store for some groceries, and on my way back home I caught a glimpse of a low flying airplane. Realizing it was a crop duster, I immediately stopped my Jeep along the edge of the road, grabbed my camera and started shooting away.
I've made it a habit to always grab my camera bag and throw it into the vehicle everytime I leave home no matter how short or long the trip may be. Without my camera yesterday, I would not have been able to capture these images and post them here for you to see.
Last updated or revised on January 8, 2015.
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