Contrasts and Abundance

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:

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Northern Flicker being elusive.

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Northern Flicker a little closer in better light.

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A heron gets a mid-morning snack:

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Great Blue Heron fishing.

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Is it a hit or a miss? (Donna)

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Success! A bite size snack. Is that heron swimming? (Donna)

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Drying off. (Donna)

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Maybe they’re bigger on the other side of the reservoir. (Donna)

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Just enough energy in that snack for a flight across the lake. (Donna)

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Graceful! (Donna)

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Map Turtles and Red-eared Sliders take advantage of the morning sun.

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Red-eared Slider island.

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Map Turtles enjoying the sun.

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I’m not sure even a mother could love this little guy:

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Dead Man’s Finger’s

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Could be the flowering portion of Dead Man’s Fingers but not sure

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This common lichen is a little easier on the eyes:

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Candelaria concolor

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Fortunately we could take refuge in other sights:

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Early Meadow Rue

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Common Foxglove

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Canada Anemone

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Red Clover

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Spring Azure, a very small butterfly.

View along the shore:

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Griggs Reservoir cove, (Donna)

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

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