A Winter Meditation

A typical winter day in central Ohio is cloudy gray and often punctuated by light rain or snow. However, due to temperatures that regularly get above freezing, there’s usually no snow cover. All this contributes to a somber landscape.

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Today a Chickadee, a female Cardinal, and a Nuthatch at our feeder said why don’t you come out and join us it’s really not so bad out here. So we did.

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Chickadee

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Female Cardinal

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Nuthatch, (Donna)

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Given that it wasn’t a very seductive day we stayed closed to home and went for a walk along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam. We saw no Bald Eagles, or Goldeneyes or other “exotics” today. Even if we had, the low ambient light made photographing anything that was moving a chancy proposition.

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So mostly we walked, stopped periodically to look, and listened. Mallards were quieter today but still occasionally announced their presence, and a Kingfisher could be heard somewhere in the distance while a Great Blue Heron watched from the other bank. The quiet provided the perfect setting to reflect on all the wonderful experiences we’ve had exploring nature in this very small inconspicuous piece of real estate located in the middle of the city. It was a time to be with nature and give thanks.

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Below are a few images from the last few days:

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Hooded Mergansers, (Donna)

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Black Jelly Roll Fungi, (Donna)

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Winter Abstract

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Paper Fungi, (Donna)

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Gray Squirrel along the river.

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Brown Creeper, moving a little too fast for the camera.

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Great Blue Heron across the river.

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Hooded Mergansers

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Moss, fungi and lichen, (Donna)

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A Coot makes it’s getaway.

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Thanks for looking in.

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