2014 Favorites, Part 2 of 2

Below are a few of my favorite landscape shots of 2014. Unless identified otherwise all were taken within a few miles of our home in central Ohio                       .  Wishing you all the best for 2015!

Bobbing For “Hedge Apples”

A few weeks back we were walking along Griggs Reservoir looking for migrating waterfowl and we witnessed some unusual behavior by our resident population of Mallard ducks. At first it looked like a game, perhaps a Mallard version of water polo, but then we realized they were attempting to eat an object that keep scooting away , diving below the surface, and then bobbing up…

Digital Photography and A Love of Nature

For those of you that have been seduced by nature photography I’m sure at times you’ve been left thinking how much photography has contributed to your love of nature. This can be particularly true in the digital age where a camera can be a tool for artistic expression or at the other extreme very useful for collecting data. After returning from a day in the field, we have immediate access to…

Fall Caterpillars

Recently we decided to visit Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park hoping for fall color and landscapes and perhaps some inspiration for a poem about autumn. Fall colors in central Ohio’s natural areas are always a challenge, plenty of yellows and browns, but due to the lack of maples not many bright reds and oranges. Interestingly, autumn color within the city is much better because humans like and…

Early Autumn Notebook

The last several days have been beautiful. Clear skies, cool nights and comfortable days with very little wind. Certainly something to remember, especially three months from now. . When the weather is this nice you certainly want to put it to good use. With that in mind we’ve enjoyed paddling with friends on Griggs Reservoir and have also spent some time in Griggs Park as well as Prairie…

Butterflies and Wildflowers at Battelle Derby Creek

Late July and early August is a great time to grab your camera and binoculars and go for a hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. The park has reestablished extensive areas of prairie containing many types of native wildflowers. With the flowers come butterflies and other types of insects. Eastern Meadowlarks, Indigo Buntings and other birds are also attracted to the area. If you ever questioned the…

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Enchants

We’re in the process of preparing for a hiking trip in Scotland and what better park than Battelle Darby to go for a long walk. Besides, who knows what flowers, birds, or other wildlife might make an appearance, or what follow bloggers we might meet along the way. My wife cautioned that we shouldn’t stop too often to look at “things” or the walk would lose it’s training effect. As…

A Spring Summer Tanager

Today we had an enjoyable time birding with friends at Battelle Darby Metro Park. Originally the plan was to drive up to Magee Marsh along Lake Erie for a spring warbler trip but a cool and windy forecast convinced us to stay closer to home. The south shore of lake Erie tends to concentrate travel weary migrating birds during the spring and fall allowing easy viewing….

Hiking and Birding as Spring Moves On

Yesterday morning we enjoyed a 6 mile hike with friends at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Everything was coming to life with numerous wildflowers including Trilliums and Celandine or Wood Poppies along the trail. click on the images for a better view   Later in the day we decided to see what warblers could be found along the reservoir in Griggs Park and the area below the…

Springing to Life

Right now nature is being deceptive. Driving along one of the rural highways that takes us to a local central Ohio metro park, things don’t seem to be coming to life very fast. click on the images for a better view   Even when we arrive at the park, in this case Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, the mostly brown landscape doesn’t look very promising.   But, walking into the woods, we can’t…