Posted on December 28, 2016
There is nothing particularly different about this winter in central Ohio. For a few days the temperature hovered around 5F then almost overnight it was 65F and raining making a recent light snow seem like an hallucination. Cold, snowy, icy, weather always seems to have a hard time taking up permanent residence.
Freezing, thawing, and then refreezing do make for interesting ice patterns. Below are a few I’ve taken the liberty to enhance so pattern and design stand out.
Walking along the Scioto River and seeing our old friend the Kingfisher is reassurance that unlike the weather some things don’t change much.
Along the reservoir a Junco looks on as a gull enjoys a good stretch while not far away a crow appears to be practicing his skating.
On a recent day, as the reservoir froze, a grebe seemed almost trapped in one of the few small areas of open water. Hopefully that wasn’t the case.
In late December so much is monochromatic brown gray dreariness but on a recent outing my wife’s tireless quest for very small but always cheerful kinglets paid off.
In the spring, fascination seems to offer itself at every turn but in winter one often needs to look closely and with intention. On a recent @40F day this little fella was spotted as we walked through the woods near our home.
Other things have also brought color to the landscape.
We hope this post has brought some cheer to what in the northern hemisphere can be a challenging time of year. So until next time, thanks for stopping by!
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, photography Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Canon SX40, Crow, Dark-eyed Junco, Golden Crown Kinglet, ice patterns, Panasonic FZ200, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-billed Gull, Sweet Autumn Clematis, sycamore
Posted on December 24, 2016
Posted on December 14, 2016
The time between the departure of the last fall color and the first snow is always hard. Ohio’s cloudy late November skies don’t help.
It is true that even with the lack of snow cold weather can provide fascinating things to look at.
However, given the recent brown grey landscape, todays light snow beckoned us to venture out and again wonder at the transformation.
Recalling pictures taken a few days earlier it was easy to imagine that the birds were in a better mood without the cold wet snow.
Except maybe for this guy.
We continued our walk along the Scioto River seeing and hearing nuthatches, kinglets, creepers, and kingfishers but mostly just enjoying the place.
Unlike an April snowfall a late November or early December first snow is always magic. It opens our eyes to a world whose subtle beauty had been forgotten and is now again new. Thanks for stopping by.
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