The Herons of Griggs Reservoir

We’ve done a fair amount of paddling on Griggs now that we are able to do it during the week when, with the exception of a few rowers and fishing boats, things are amazingly quiet. If there is open water, the Great Blue Herons are a fairly common sight just about any time of the year. They usually stalk their food from perches near…

Fall Warblers in The Morning Sunshine

It was one of those cool clear early autumn mornings when we found ourselves at Prairie Oaks looking for migrating warblers. We walked along a row of trees bordering a field with the trees being warmed by the early morning sunlight. To our delight we observed about eleven different species of warblers feeding in these trees. The birds, which included kinglets and gnatcatchers were very…

What Was That Fish?

Griggs Reservoir tends to be where I go fishing most of the time. This is due both due to it’s proximity to our house and the fact that I’m fairly successful there. Usually the catch consists of large bluegills and not so large bass all of which find their way back into the lake. For me fishing offers a great excuse to spent an…

I’ll Have a Beer With That Crayfish

This summer has been exciting due to the many new creatures we have discovered in and around Griggs Reservoir. Probably the most noteworthy have been the numerous Mink sightings. Who would have thought that Mink would live within the city limits of Columbus. Apparently Mink are quite ferocious and will even kill muskrats which are about their size. Normally, they do quite nicely on…

Wooden Rowboats and Damselflies

Most passions in life start when you’re young. Days spent fishing with my Dad, on Upper Straits Lake outside of Detroit, provided fertile ground for my love of nature to sprout. In those days our fishing adventures were made possible by a leaky wooden livery rowboat powered by our trusty 1 ½ HP Sea King outboard. When I wasn’t fishing I was fascinated by…

Hello world!

Columbus Ohio is usually not considered a nature lovers mecca. Having said that, the goal of this blog is to share my wife’s as well as my own experiences out of doors in central Ohio and the natural beauty we discover. The perspective will be that of two novices who enjoy observing and photographing birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers and the whole experience of being outdoors. Hopefully this will inspire readers to get outdoors and…