Photography, a Celebration of Place

Yesterday it was a brisk 15 F but we decided to ignore the cold and do our six mile urban hike down to Griggs Reservoir. The goal was to see if any new birds had taken up residence. It had recently snowed so even if no birds were sighted we hoped to get a few nice landscape shots.


I have observed that the greater my affection for a place the better any photographs taken are likely to be. A beautiful photo just for the sake of a beautiful photo doesn’t excite me nearly as much as trying to express love for a place that I have come to know intimately. So we are lucky, as I suspect many of you are, that we have such places nearby, some within walking distance, that we return to many times throughout the year, looking for any birds, wildlife, fungi, lichen, and wildflowers that may be present. The resultant pictures hopefully become a way to celebrate a place, the adventure, and what we see.


Getting back to our walk. When we arrived at the park, we noticed a grouping of waterfowl out in the middle of the reservoir. They turned out to be Greater Scaup which are not as common as Lesser Scaup in central Ohio and the first we’ve seen this winter.


Greater Scaups, Griggs Reservoir. Fortunately the bird on the far left looked up providing a positive ID.


It was very cold so unless a bird looked as though it was going to be an easy shot we found ourselves concentrating on landscapes made possible by the fresh snow.


Snow covered boats waiting for a warmer day, Griggs Reservoir


High water along the Scioto River


Shadows and light.


Creek along the Scioto River.




Scioto River below Griggs Dam



I couldn’t resist including the following picture which shows the position I assumed after we returned from our walk.


On a cold winter day life is good when you have a cat on your lap and you’re watching a program about old British sports cars.


Thanks for looking in and we hope you have an opportunity to celebrate nature in your neighborhood this week.

9 Comments on “Photography, a Celebration of Place

  1. Well, you’ve certainly expressed your love for this area. The photographs are stunning. I think my favourite is the second one but all the snow scenes are beautiful. Even the cat on the lap one help me feel how cosy and warm being back inside would feel. Thanks.

    • When she’s not sleeping she’s known as “Molly The Marauder”!   From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 9:07 PM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “Photography, a Celebration of Place” #yiv7105172206 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7105172206 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7105172206 a.yiv7105172206primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7105172206 a.yiv7105172206primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7105172206 a.yiv7105172206primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7105172206 a.yiv7105172206primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7105172206 | | |

  2. I’ve thought for a long time that, if you really love your subject, it will come through in your photos, and you have proven it. The shot of the British sports car brought back memories. My first car was an Austin Healy Sprite.

    • While the old British sports cars were not the most reliable or practical it would be hard to have more fun on four wheels than with a car like the Austin Healy Sprite. I’m blessed to still have a 1970 Triumph TR6 in the stable.   From: Central Ohio Nature To: Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 5:51 PM Subject: [Central Ohio Nature] Comment: “Photography, a Celebration of Place” #yiv2823418849 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2823418849 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2823418849 a.yiv2823418849primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2823418849 a.yiv2823418849primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2823418849 a.yiv2823418849primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2823418849 a.yiv2823418849primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2823418849 | | |

  3. These are gorgeous. This is Patricia Boughton and I was trying to find your email. So nice to talk to you at church yesterday.

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