A Puffy White Cloud Sort of Day

Mid-July and it was a perfect day for a long paddle on Griggs Reservoir. Temperature in the low seventies, little wind, with puffy white clouds dotting a very blue sky. The canoe seemed to glide along effortlessly.

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Paddle, drops and ripples, the aesthetic of canoeing.

Are we really in Columbus?

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A Puffy White Cloud Kind of Day, (Donna)

 

It wasn’t long before we started seeing birds. First it was a Kingfisher as we entered a cove.

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Female Kingfisher

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Just barely two pictures.

A little further a Double Crested Cormorant enjoys the morning sun.

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Double Crested Cormorant

As does a Painted Turtle.

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Painted Turtle on Griggs Reservoir

 

A little while later, north along the west shore we surprised a Red-tailed Hawk as it enjoyed breakfast. A bad day for the snake.

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Not a happy day for the snake.

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Red-tailed Hawk, study 2

 

Continuing on north of Hayden Run.

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Mallards in the morning mist.

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Griggs Reservoir natural area.

 

Several Ospreys were seen just south of the 161 bridge.

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Osprey on Griggs Reservoir

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Taking flight

 

In the same area a White Tail Dear made it’s way across the Scioto River.

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Where the Scioto flows into Griggs Reservoir.

A Green Heron plays hide and seek.

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Immature Green Heron

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Hiding

 

While in the north end of the reservoir we pulled out to explore the “wetlands area”.

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Normally this area would be covered with vegetation but recent high water has slowed that down.

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Wetlands Area

 

As is usually the case, my wife was hot on the trail of any wildflowers or birds she could find.

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Water Willow, (Donna)

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House Wren, (Donna)

 

It was hard to head back to our launch but we did have five miles ahead of us before we could call it a day.

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A great day to be on the water, Scioto River just north of Griggs Reservoir.

 

 

12 Comments on “A Puffy White Cloud Sort of Day

  1. Just absolutely beautiful, I feel like I was there. Somehow, Bob, I think there is another career here for you and Donna. Sandy

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