Posted on June 2, 2014
Last evening we took a short walk along the reservoir and the river below the dam. The trees are now all leafed out creating dark shadowed places that not long ago were bright. The birds are not calling as much as a few weeks ago, and many that were here have moved north. Occasionally a Baltimore Oriole is seen among the leaves, now too illusive for a picture.
Other commitments take me away from CentralOhioNature for a while. Thanks to all for the many kind words, helpful hints, and information. So until the next post stay curious and celebrate that which is sacred to you!
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Posted on June 1, 2014
This spring I’ve been struck by a couple of things. First, how we visually perceive some plants and animals to be very beautiful and others pretty ugly if not repugnant. It certainly seems as though our brains are hardwired to discriminate, certainly not a new idea. In our distant past, were attractive things usually better to eat? Probably not. In many cases it may just be the subconscious association with attractive or repugnant things closer to home. Theories abound! As a result of many hours spent tromping through the woods I’ve developed an interest in lichens and fungi. However, I’d be the first to admit that most of the time their beauty doesn’t come close to that of even an average wildflower.
Secondly, along with Ohio’s biodiversity, which has always been a fascination, I’m in awe when I think about the sheer amount of life that comes into being every spring and summer in our northern latitudes. Forget about animals and insects for a moment and just think about everything else. Not too long ago while walking through some very lush spring woods, undoubtedly made more so by recent heavy rains, fresh translucent green was everywhere. We were in a completely different place than that which existed just a few weeks earlier when trees were bare and the ground largely devoid of life. What would we find if we could weigh the woods before and after? Interesting to think about. Pursuing this thought, and equally fascinating, is the amount of water that takes up residence in green living things this time of year and how that interacts with the rest of our environment.
So below are pictures taken around our yard and during recent walks along Griggs Reservoir. A celebration of that life, some beautiful and some not so much.
A Flicker keeps it’s distance:
A heron gets a mid-morning snack:
Map Turtles and Red-eared Sliders take advantage of the morning sun.
I’m not sure even a mother could love this little guy:
This common lichen is a little easier on the eyes:
Fortunately we could take refuge in other sights:
View along the shore:
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