Celebrating Beauty Closer to Home

I’m always amazed by the distance we have to travel before our brain gets reprogramed and starts to notice beauty that were it closer to home would be passed by unnoticed.

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So in celebration of that which is easy to pass by, below is a collection of photos taken in the last week while walking in Griggs Park or along the Scioto River below the dam. All very close to home and  within the city limits of Columbus. In addition a few were shots were taken while paddling the north end of Griggs Reservoir. From where we live it’s a mile and a half by land and five miles by water. In addition, a few pics were taken in our backyard.

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Since we often see the beauty of a place defined by a landscapes rather than a close-up of a flower or bug, along with the bugs and flowers a few landscapes are included. Perhaps an effort on our part to capture the place in a way that speaks to our larger sensibilities. A way one might appreciate it if you were just out for a walk enjoying the day.

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Through the trees, Scioto River below Griggs Dam

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Mallard at sunset, Griggs Reservoir

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Swamp Milkweed, Griggs Reservoir

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Queen Ann’s Lace at sunset, Griggs Park

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Kingbird, Griggs Park

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Swamp-Mallow, north end of Griggs Reservoir

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North end of Griggs Reservoir

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Flower-of-an-Hour (member of the Mallow family) ID supplied by my readers, previously unidentified, north end of Griggs Reservoir

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Green Heron, north end of Griggs Reservoir

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Bumble Bee, backyard

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Coneflower, backyard.

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Painted turtle, north end of Griggs Reservoir.

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Red-spotted Purple, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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The reservoir, Griggs Park, (Donna)

Groundnut 2 080514 Griggs cp1

Groundnut, north end of Griggs Reservoir, (Donna)

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Hackberry Emperor, north end of Griggs Reservoir, (Donna)

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Fungus along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam.

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Fungus, along the Scioto River

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Rain Garden, Griggs Park

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Wetland, north end of Griggs Reservoir

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Blue Vervain, Griggs Park

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Gravel bar, Scioto River below Griggs Dam

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False Dragonhead, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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North end of Griggs Reservoir

Evening Primrose 2 080314 Griggs cp1

Evening Primrose, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Eastern Comma, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Rocks along the Scioto Rive below Griggs Dam.

Solitary Sandpiper running 080514 Griggs cp1

Spotted Sandpiper, Griggs Reservoir, (Donna)

Cedar Waxwing juvenile 080514 Griggs cp1

Immature Cedar Waxwing, north end of Griggs Reservoir, (Donna)

Green bee on Monkey flower 080514 Griggs cp1

Green bee on Monkey flower, north end of Griggs Reservoir, (Donna)

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Monarch, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Tree roots, Scioto River below Griggs Dam

 

 

 

 

8 Comments on “Celebrating Beauty Closer to Home

  1. Amazing all the way around. One of these days I am going to invite myself to join you.

  2. Donna, you are a very good photographer! I love your images. Sandy

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  3. Beautiful photos! I agree-the unidentified flower is a flower of the hour (Hibiscus trionum). It’s in the mallow family and gets its name from the way the flowers only stay open for a short time.
    That’s a great shot of the green heron.

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