A Spring Day At Magee Marsh

It was mid morning, sunny, the gentle lake breeze was cool, but warmed by the sun we felt energized. That was a good thing because the two and a half hour drive from Columbus had left us feeling just a little lethargic. It was our annual visit to Maggee Marsh in search of migrating warblers and we had just arrived at the parking lot adjacent to the boardwalk. Once in the refuge, located along the…

Birds of Florida on Foot and by Canoe

Our recent six weeks of hiking and paddling in Florida resulted in a lot of photographs. . The pictures below provide a record of some of the birds seen. While lovely in their right, we are left with the feeling that they don’t come close to conveying the overall sense of wonder experienced as we explored the trails and waterways of Florida. Equipped with the knowledge that places visited were home to many fascinating…

Early Autumn Wonder

Nature in central Ohio looks different this time of year. The midday sun, now lower in the south, results in a much bluer sky. There’s just a hint of fall color among what is still mostly green. . Cooler weather has resulted in better fishing. Amazing results are sometimes achieved, especially when one considers that that the reservoir is right in the city. . During a recent visit…

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…

A Carnivorous Butterfly But No Warblers

During a recent trip to Georgia cooperative weather allowed us to get the canoe in the water and do some exploring on Lake Sidney Lanier. The lake is huge with  large parts heavily developed due to it’s close proximity to Atlanta. However the area we choose to explore by starting from Don Carter State Park is not as developed and as a result has many interesting coves and inlets to explore.  In…

Photography, a Celebration of Place

Yesterday it was a brisk 15 F but we decided to ignore the cold and do our six mile urban hike down to Griggs Reservoir. The goal was to see if any new birds had taken up residence. It had recently snowed so even if no birds were sighted we hoped to get a few nice landscape shots. . I have observed that the greater my…

“Going Home”

Sometimes, if we’re lucky,  thoughts off our past bring back memories of a special place that may have been part of the lazy warm summer days of our childhood. Such thoughts often awaken a desire to return. But as we all are too well aware there is a danger in trying to go back, things change, and not always for the better. When I was a young my family spent one…

The West Highland Way

On occasion we leave central Ohio to experience nature in a different location. A few weeks ago we travelled to Scotland to hike the 96 mile West Highland Way which runs between Milngavie and Fort William. You can hike part or the whole thing. Deciding to be nice to our “We’re not 25 anymore” bodies we stayed in Inns or B&B’s each night.  The scenery was spectacular…

Spring Wonder Along the Scioto

It’s mid April and changes in the plant and animal world are occurring at such a fast pace that it feels as though, were you to look away, you’d miss “it”. This is certainly the case for Hoover Park and the area along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam. Below are some recent photos as we continue our spring wildflower and warbler quest. click on the image for a better view…

A Visit to Six Mile Cypress Slough

One of the interesting places we visited during our recent too short trip to Florida was Six Mile Cyprus Slough near Fort Myers. It’s a beautiful area which uses a mile long boardwalk to facilitate views of many types of birds as well as frogs, turtles, snakes and alligators. On this particular day we were more interested in being there than in taking pictures so my wife opted for…