Summer Wildflowers, Butterflies, and a Few Birds

We’ve been busy documenting nature’s summer in central Ohio. If you are fascinated by insects this is your time of year but be prepared to look closely. The summer heat has done little to discourage the wildflowers which in a shout of color announce their presence. The below shots were taken along Griggs Reservoir and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I hope they put you in a summer kind of mood.

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Milk Weed Beetle, Griggs Park, Donna

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Wild Lettuce, Griggs Park, Donna

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Halberd-leaved Rose-mallow, Griggs Park, Donna

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Wild Potato Vine, Griggs Park, Donna

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Barely seen, dragonflies hover over a reflection, Griggs Reservoir

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Fallen branch and wildflowers, Griggs Park

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Gray Headed Cone Flowers, Griggs Park

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Cup Plant, Griggs Park

 

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Wild Chicory, Griggs Park

 

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Path to the water, Griggs Park

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Thistle, Griggs Park

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Pearl Crescent, Griggs Park

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Wasp, Griggs Park, Donna

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Eastern Pondhawk,(F), Griggs Park, Donna

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Wing Stem, Griggs Park, Donna

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Goldfinch, Griggs Park, Donna

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Hackberry Emperor, Griggs Park, Donna

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Fireworks in green, Griggs park, Donna

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Biennial Gaura, Griggs Park, Donna

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Widow Skimmer (F), Griggs Park, Donna

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Least Skipper, Griggs Park, Donna

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Rose Pink, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Donna

 

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Leopard Frog, Battelle Darby Greek Metro Park, Donna

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Hummingbird Moth, Battelle Derby Creek Metro Park, Donna

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Phlox, Griggs Park, Donna

 

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Catbird, Griggs Park, Donna

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Ducklings, Griggs Park, Donna

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Fishing, Griggs Reservoir, Donna

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Black Swallowtail, Griggs Park, Donna

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Hairy Wood Mint, Griggs Park, Donna

 

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Coneflowers, Griggs Park

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Peck’s Skipper, Griggs Park

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Eastern Wood Pewee, Griggs Park

 

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Royal Catchfly, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Sunflower, Griggs Park

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Royal Catchfly, a closer look.

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Looking for Bison, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Bison, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Bluebird, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Kingbird, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Barn Swallow, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Luna Moth on our house.

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Quiet morning, Griggs Reservoir

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Great Blue Heron, Griggs Reservoir

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Black Crowned Night Heron, Griggs Reservoir

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Hope you enjoyed this summer celebration of nature in central Ohio. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

A Little East of Columbus, The Dingle Way and Killarney Natl Park, Ireland

Recently we found ourselves in exploring the Dingle Way and Killarney Natl Park with our friends Dave and Teresa. We did a lot of walking but were rewarded with much beauty both in scenery as well as the people we met along the way. The photos are what came my way as each day unfolded. At times I found myself wishing for different light or weather conditions but had to work with what I was given. In addition to the following photos, below is a Flickr link that you may glance at should you feel so inclined. It does a better job of chronicling our trip.

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Due to the length of the hikes and weather considerations all shots were taken with either a Canon SX260 or a Panasonic ZS50.

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Lady’s View Killaney Natl Park

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Yew woods, Killarney Natl Park

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Ross Castle, Killarney Natl Park

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Most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula near Duinquin

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View from the trail west end of the Dingle Peninsula.

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Torc Waterfall, Killarney Natl Park.

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Hiking the beach to Castlegregory, the Dingle Way

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Heading up the lakes, Killarney Natl Park.

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Hiking the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney Natl Park

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Flickr link if you’d like to see more:

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In our excitement about things seen we couldn’t help but share a glimpse of Ireland but our next post will take us back to nature in central Ohio.

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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