Saturday, October 18, 2008

Indiana Waterfalls

While looking through some pictures from state parks in Indiana I discovered that McCormick’s Creek State Park had a real waterfall. The only waterfalls that I have seen in Indiana are about a foot tall with just a trickle of water. I have been to McCormick’s Creek State Park quite a few times and have even given a presentation about birds there but somehow I never came across the falls or the signs that direct you that way.

I hadn’t decided where I was going to go when I woke up but decided to try to find the falls at McCormick’s Creek State Park since it was cloudy which allows the use of a slow shutter speed. It was much more impressive in real life at about 9-10 feet tall. The fall colors added to the effect and the waterfall met all of my expectations.

After more than an hour I decided to look for some birds, the only bird that was around the falls was a Red-headed Woodpecker which made up for the absence of birds. Once I was concentrating on birds I found many including good numbers of both kinglets and White-throated Sparrows. I also heard my first Brown Creeper of the fall. The highlight was a single Orange-crowned Warbler that was hanging out with the White-throated Sparrows. It allowed very close views and was my first one of the fall.

Indiana has much more beauty than first meets the eye, every time out into the field I find some new and interesting natural aspect of the state.


Anonymous said...

You need to come to Madison and Jefferson County, when it's wet there are are only a handful of places in the Midwest that compare, nice shots !!

Kerri Farley said...

Gorgeous shots of the waterfalls!!

Kyle said...

Those are beautiful waterfall shots, Eric! And I agree, the fall colors really added a lot to the composition. Very nice!