Late June Happenings Along The Reservoir

We returned from Scotland a little over a week ago and to be honest, it’s been hard to get our heads back into central Ohio. For those of you that may be curious we Hiked The West Highland Way and then spent a few days exploring the Isle of Skye. It was a wonderful adventure made all the more special by all the great people we met along the way.

Now that we’re back we thought we might check out the changes the month of June had wrought on one of our favorite haunts, Griggs Park and the reservoir. June brought plenty of rain and as I write this it shows little sign of letting up. It is very green.

So let’s what we found during the last few days:


With all the rain, waterfalls flowing into the reservoir are doing well.


Photographing a Griggs Reservoir waterfall.

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The water runs very clear even though the water in the reservoir is pretty muddy. (Donna)


My wife, ever on the lookout for what’s currently blooming, found some subjects willing to pose:

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Spiderwort, (Donna)

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Wild Rose, (Donna)

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Butterfly Weed, (Donna)

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Bumble Bee on Milkweed, (Donna)


 But she didn’t tell me about the trained butterflies she’s been working with:

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Clouded Sulfur Butterflies, (Donna)


How the butterflies kept their composure with the Red winged Blackbird shouting from the bleachers, I’ll never know.

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Red-Winged Blackbird, (Donna)


A Phoebe was more polite:

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Phoebe, (Donna)


 Further on, but quite far from the river, we saw a Map Turtle laying it’s eggs:


Female Map Turtle laying eggs.


In the woods a thrush called and we were fortunate enough to find it:


Wood Thrush


Along the river a Fox Squirrel stuck a curious pose as a Red Tailed Hawk, just finished with nesting, surveyed it’s realm from a distant tree:


Fox Squirrel


Red-tailed Hawk


While along the reservoir cormorants relaxed in the morning sun and mothers do what they always do:


Double-crested Cormorants.


Mother Mallard Duck with babies.


Wood Duck with young.


.   .   .   as we paddled back to our launch.


Paddling on Griggs Reservoir.


10 Comments on “Late June Happenings Along The Reservoir

    • Thanks, we’ve been thinking about using some of our pics from across the pond and posting something on Scotland. But haven’t quite decided as it doesn’t have much to do with nature in central Ohio.

  1. I just found your blog and absolutely love your pictures! My husband and I have recently taken up hiking, mostly in Ohio, and as a result, have developed an interest in birds too. I am in search of a wood duck and am envious of your sightings. I especially love the mother with her babies! Looks like we need to take up canoeing, as well!

    • Glad you enjoyed our blog. My wife and I spend quite a bit of time exploring nature in central Ohio often very close to our home in UA. It’s amazing what you can find right in your own “back yard”.

      • My husband and I have both lived in the Columbus area our entire lives (50ish years) and have never appreciated Ohio’s beauty as much as we do now. See my Facebook photos of the pics I’ve taken from our hikes! Looking forward to retirement, when we can hike, bike, and travel as much as possible 🙂

  2. Hi, nice pictures. Do you happen to know about where these two waterfalls are located in relation to Hayden Run falls? Richard

    • They are both south of Hayden Run falls and are only reachable by canoe or kayak when the water level in the reservoir is high due to recent periods of heavy rain. Of coarse like Hayden Run that’s when they’re the most attractive/interesting to photograph.

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