Springing to Life

Right now nature is being deceptive. Driving along one of the rural highways that takes us to a local central Ohio metro park, things don’t seem to be coming to life very fast.

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Mailbox and abandoned farm machinery near Battelle Darby

Even when we arrive at the park, in this case Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, the mostly brown landscape doesn’t look very promising.

 

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Creek, Battelle Darby

But, walking into the woods, we can’t help but see and hear birds; Juncos, Louisiana Waterthrushes, Cardinals, Robins, Carolina Wrens, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Phoebe, Song Sparrows, Prothonotary Warblers, Downy, Red-bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers, just to name a few. They seem to be everywhere. Some are no doubt just passing through, but other’s are busy settling in for the season.

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Louisiana Waterthrush, Bettelle Darby

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Eastern Phoebe, Battelle Darby

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Pileated Woodpecker, Battelle Darby

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Downy Woodpecker, Battelle Darby

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Carolina Wren, Battelle Darby

Perhaps encouraged by the birds, we start looking closer and discover that there are small wildflowers almost everywhere and that many of the small trees leafing out!

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Bloodroot, Battelle Darby

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Virginia Waterleaf, Battelle Darby

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Spring Beauty, Battelle Darby, (Donna)

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Bloodroot, Battelle Darby, (Donna)

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Harbinger of Spring with Virginia Water Leaf, Battelle Darby, (Donna)

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Leafing out, Battelle Darby

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Spring Beauty, Battelle Darby

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Very Young, Battelle Darby

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Moss flowering, Battelle Darby

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Hepatica, Battelle Darby, (Donna)

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Harbinger of Spring, Battelle Darby, (Donna)

 

Further on, excited and encouraged by what has been seen so far, we can’t miss an Eastern Box Turtle sunning itself on the creek bank.

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Eastern Box Turtle, Battelle Darby

 

We stop by a vernal pool hoping to see one of the many Chorus Frogs that are singing. It gets quiet and we see none. But on the way back to the car, as if to put a colorful “period” at the end of our sentence, a Tiger Beetle lands right before us on the trail.

 

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Tiger Beetle, Battelle Darby

Later, reflecting on the beautiful day and the brief time spent in the park, it felt as though we had been embraced by all the new life seen and heard, and that maybe, just for a time, it had become us.

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