Saturday, June 23, 2012

Can't Believe it's Indiana!

I have a friend who has a marvelous Photo Blog, and he and his wonderful wife visit us usually once a year, summer or winter, and several years ago they were here over part of the month of January, a cold windy bitter month here in the plains. So I decided to take him to Turkey Run State Park, looking for interesting ice, or something that was not just Sear Brown, a color not found anywhere else but here during the winter.

That Sear Brown, is not found in one place at least in indiana, and that is the above mentioned state park. Most people believe Indiana is a Land of unremitting flatness, this is not true in the southern half (more or less) of the state. It is a surprise to most people, to see the terrain change that occurs after just a few short miles, and this is best seen in Turkey Run. It is a big park with a small creek that has cut through a large Sandstone deposit, with many feeder streams that have cut deeply into this sedimentary layer creating very deep, cool, narrow streem-beds with cliffs over hung with ferns and rare high moisture plants. In short it is a beautiful place to wander . . . . except in summer when it can be so crowded that you cannot move. But Winter, that is when this place shines! It can be a Photographer's joy and Nightmare almost at the same time. These narrow deep winding canyons are in and out of good light so quickly that I have shots that I literally lost the good light from one shutter click to another. But the colors are so amazing that we had to come back a second day because the light failed us when we had found this place that We both took this shot at.

This is called Icecave, The color saturation is almost untuched. The colors come from the minerals leaching out of the various layers of sandstone and the soil and plant life above. Enjoy.

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