Finally a Buckeye

Yesterday, after several cold rainy days, we woke to a sunny, warm, early October day. There were several options on how to spend the morning but we opted for a hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Not sure what would be seen, I decided to take binoculars and a super-zoom to save weight. Given the length of our hike, it proved to be a good choice. The fall warblers, the reason one might decide to take the heavy “bird camera”, turned out not to be very cooperative.

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Sunlight filters through the trees on one of the Big Darby trails.

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One of my favorite subjects.

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While the warblers weren’t cooperating it wasn’t long before we started to see butterflies.

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Question Mark, (Donna)

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Red Admiral

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Some of our other insect friends also made an appearance.

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Very small but colorful, (Donna).

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Ruby Meadowhawk, (Donna).

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Many of the flowers populating the meadows seemed to be past their prime.

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A few Bull Thistles were hanging on and doing their best to contrast with the background color.

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Sometimes along the path one must watch where you step.

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American toad

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The star of the show was the Buckeye butterfly. Seeing it made our day as it was the first one seen this year. They are migrants in Ohio, working their way north and usually appearing in the late summer of early fall. Some years they can be quite rare.

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Buckeye, (Donna)

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Our first sighting of the year calls for one more picture.

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It had been a beautiful hike on a beautiful day. A large part of the day’s beauty was certainly due to the contrast with the colder rainier days that to often populate this time of year and remind us of things to come.

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Thanks for stopping by.

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