As Summer Goes On . . .
Photos often result from our time spent in nature but they are seldom the only reason we’re out there. Truth is, we just love being outdoors. Part of the fun is looking closely to see what each new day brings. Perhaps it’s a flower, butterfly, bird, or something else that appears unexpectedly.
Below is a pictorial ramble through things seen in the last few weeks in central Ohio that amazed or enchanted.
The summer flowers have really been coming through for us this year.
Swamp Rose Mallow, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir
Halberd-leaved Rose-Mallow along water’s edge, Griggs Reservoir
Monkey Face along Griggs Reservoir
Trumpet Flower along Griggs Reservoir
Checking out the Lizard’s tail, Griggs Reservoir
A closer look.
While things are starting to dry out from an unusual amount of early summer rain, it continues to be a good year for fungi.
Taking a close look at mushrooms in a neighbors lawn reveals unexpected beauty.
White Jelly fungus, Griggs Park
Chicken Mushroom, Griggs Park
It’s harder to find warblers now but other birds are filling in.
While kayak fishing on O’Shaughnessy Reservoir this immature Black-crowned Night Heron was spotted along the shore. A real treat!
Adult Black-crowned Night Heron, Griggs Reservoir.
Solitary Sandpiper on mudflats, Paint Creek Reservoir
Eastern Phoebe with a snack, Paint Creek, (Donna)
Killdeer on mud flats, Paint Creek
Green Heron, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir
Great Egret, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir
Taking flight, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir
Baby mallard, Griggs Reservoir
Double Crested Cormorants in the middle of Griggs Reservoir
Portrait of a Great Blue Heron, Griggs Reservoir.
At first we thought it might be a beaver.
Muskrat, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir.
Insects continue to satisfy our curiosity.
Black Swallowtail, Paint Creek
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails puddling, Paint Creek, (Donna)
A closer look, Paint Creek
Blue-fronted Dancer, Paint Creek, (Donna)
American Rubyspot, Paint Creek, (Donna)
Stream Bluet and American Rubyspot , Paint Creek, (Donna)
Powdered Dancer, Paint Creek, (Donna)
Ebony Jewelwing, Griggs Reservoir.
Female Ebony Jewelwing, Griggs Reservoir
Stream Bluets mating, Griggs Reservoir
Cicada, front yard.
. . . and it’s always nice to see turtles and snakes some of which were in unexpected locations due to recent high water.
Painted Turtle, O’Shaughnessy Reservoir.
Snapping Turtle, Scioto River just below Griggs Dam.
Garter Snake, Scioto River just below Griggs Dam.
Common Water Snake, Scioto River just below Griggs Dam.
Sometimes it’s just the place.
Cove, Griggs Reservoir
Paint Creek riffles, heading further upstream would have meant more dragging than paddling.
Cliffs along Paint Creek.
Lunch stop, Paint Creek
It was very quiet as we paddled along the cliffs, Paint Creek Reservoir.
Looking north on Paint Creek Reservoir as cormorants enjoy their sunny perch.
O’Shaughnessy Reservoir looking much more isolated than it actually is.
Thanks for stopping by.