The Last Nice Autumn Day?

Tomorrow’s forecast is for stormy weather so we are always wondering if today could be the last good day for fall color.

Sunny days always seem to make colors pop but a little overexposure can make cloudy day pictures quite pleasant.

Our walk along Griggs Reservoir today didn’t disappoint.

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My favorite Stump (take 2)

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Stained Glass

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Color on Both Shores

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Along the park road

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A View in the Woods

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Park Road

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Lone Tree

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Patterns of Color

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Park Path

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Ducks

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Tree

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Creek into Griggs

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Grapes?

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Leaves

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Looking Across

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Red and Orange

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An Autumn Day on Griggs Reservoir

October 28th, sunny, high @ 60 F, and little wind, maybe we should take the canoe and paddle Griggs Reservoir. It might be the last truly enjoyable canoe of the season. The colors still look pretty good and who knows what they might be like in a couple of days.

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Reflections

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Griggs Cove

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Entering the cove

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The cove served as refuge for some deer.

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View from “Wood Duck” Island

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Western shore

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Taking a break at the north end of Griggs

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Looking across the reservoir

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At water’s edge

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Fallen tree

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Western shore

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Yellow-rumped Warblers on a Blustery Day

A few days ago we saw a Yellow-throated Vireo with a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers while walking along Griggs reservoir. The vireo had posed long enough for a picture but the warblers weren’t so cooperative. That day, on our way down to the reservoir, we were even treated to a nice view of a Cooper’s Hawk that paused in it’s pursuit of a squirrel long enough for a picture.

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Neighborhood Cooper’s Hawk

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Yellow-throated Vireo along Griggs Reservoir

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Yellow-throated Vireo

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Now, a few days later, we sat looking out our living room window. A wet autumn snow fell as the temperature hovered around a windy 40 F. The snow was followed by light rain, then sun, and then snow again. Hardly the kind of day that beckons one outside.

But things always look better once you’re out so why not check out Griggs? Being so close by it isn’t a big commitment and you never know .   .   .

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Sun lit trees and dark sky

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Blustery day along Griggs

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Creek reflections

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Great Blue Heron unfazed by the weather

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Fall color

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Yellow-rumped warbler eating berries

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Yellow-rumped warbler

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Road through the park

I couldn’t help but take another pic of one of my favorite trees along the reservoir in all is autumn splendor.

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Path

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An Autumn Walk Along Alum Creek Reservoir

The forecast for the next few days was cold and rainy so we thought today might be a good day to walk a portion of the Bridal Path that runs along the shore Alum Creek Reservoir. The colors, still mixed with the greens of trees not quite ready to acknowledge autumn, were not the rich Maple reds of the north woods but were beautiful nonetheless. In spots we were greeted by flocks of Robins, Rufous-sided Towhees, White throated Sparrows, and an occasional Yellow-rumped Warbler. The air warmed and a steady breeze in the trees overhead meant that at times we walked through flurries of colorful falling leaves. Heading back after lunch we saw a Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle sunning itself on a log and wondered if it to had heard the forecast.

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Oak leaves

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Along the path

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View towards the reservoir

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The trail

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Flower and leaves

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Pool

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Colors

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Driftwood cove

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Distant shore

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Autumn cove

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The view at lunch

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As Autumn Moves On

On recent walks along Griggs Reservoir we’ve seen colors slowly change. There is less green and more red, yellow, and orange contrasting with the now deeper blue of the sky. The sun, much lower than in summer, creates shadow designs on tree bark. We notice woodpeckers taking advantage of the last large concentrations of insects until spring. Ground squirrels are up in trees eating the plentiful seeds. On it’s way to or from the few remaining flowers, a Clouded Sulfur flutters by. Mallard ducks and Great Blue Herons sun themselves in the afternoon light. On a warm sunny October day, life celebrates.

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Downy Woodpecker eating insects

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Path along Griggs Reservoir

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Color at water’s edge

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Shadows and color

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Relaxing in the Autumn sun

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Tasty seeds

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Waiting for a fish

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Patterns and color near the water

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A tranquil scene

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Red leaves

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Favorite stump

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Autumn Light

During the last couple of weeks, central Ohio has had it’s share of beautiful clear blue days and starry nights. Whether it’s a walk in the words at Battelle Darby or astronomy at a remote location not far from Columbus the views have been great. In the woods, with the sun at such a low angle even at midday, one sees shadows not usually found in the summer. There is a surprising amount of bird activity during these warm sunny October days. Ruby Crowned Kinglets, Rufus Sided Towhees, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Blue Jays, Chickadees and Tufted Titmouse are easy to see flitting about getting ready for less hospitable times.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

An October sun.

October light.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Shadows and Color

Shadows and Color

Oak leaves

Oak Leaves

Planning the adventure

Planning the adventure

Orion Nebula - Web pic adjusted to resemble view through my scope.

Orion Nebula – Web pic adjusted to resemble view through my 15″ Obsession.

Andromeda galaxy - web pic adjusted to resemble view through my scope

Andromeda galaxy – web pic adjusted to resemble view through my 15″ Obsession

After a night of observing

After a night of observing

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A Glimpse of Color on Alum Creek

We paddled the upper reaches of Alum Creek today. We were treated to glimpses of fall color as we followed the shoreline hoping to see a Bald Eagle. The Osprey nesting platform area at the north end of the reservoir was now hosting a large population of gulls, terns, and cormorants. The Ospreys were nowhere to be found.

The water was clear so we saw many good examples of freshwater sponge and an unusual fungi occupied a place on a fallen tree near the water. The creek was serene with leaves decorating the surface of the water and a few casts rewarded me with a small bass and a bluegill.

On the way back we stopped to clean up a shoreline area fisherman used and littered with cans and bottles then it was a fast paddle back to our launch site ahead of the fast approaching rain.

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Heading Up The Reservoir

Heading Up The Reservoir

Alum Creek near our lunch stop.

Alum Creek near our lunch stop.

Colors along Alum Creek

Colors along Alum Creek

Freshwater Sponge

Freshwater Sponge, DMP

Cormorants, DMP

Double-crested Cormorants, DMP

Alum Creek Landscape, DMP

Alum Creek Landscape, DMP

Unusual fungi

Unusual fungi, DMP

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