Clifton Gorge Celebrates Spring

A couple of times a year, usually in the spring and fall we get together with friends for a hike from Clifton to Yellow Springs and back. Yellow Springs turns out to be a great place for lunch with a number of excellent small restaurants and delis. The hike wanders through Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve, John Bryan State Park, and finally Glen Helen Nature Preserve allowing us to enjoy a truly unique Ohio landscape. In…

A Spring Wildflower Hike, Clifton Gorge to Yellow Springs

It was an unbelievable celebration of wildflowers at Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park during a recent hike. Large-flowered Trillium seemed to be everywhere and Drooping Trillium were running a close second. Other flowers also charmed us with their presence. . Looking closer: . The trail crosses a number of creeks as they find their way into the Little Miami. . Some other flowers seen along the trail. ….

Speaking With A Soft Voice

In recent days we’ve found ourselves visiting some of the usual places as well as making another trip the Clifton Gorge for a hike with friends. The gorge trip was interesting because, unlike our last visit, the day was cloudy and different light often means different photographic possibilities! Whether along the gorge or closer to home, we’re always on the lookout for things that interest us, some of which might even be worth…

Autumn at Clifton Gorge

Part of the impetus for the outing was to test drive a sports car I’ve been working on for several weeks. Not to mention that autumn always seem to slip away before we realize what’s happened so better get out and enjoy! Also, Clifton Gorge is among Ohio’s more unique and beautiful natural areas. Equipped with sufficient justification, off we went to take advantage of one of the several beautiful days we’ve had recently. . Below is some of…

The Trilliums Were Everywhere

It was a beautiful spring day so, along with some of our hiking buddies, we decided to celebrate with a hike to Yellow Springs by way of  Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park. Wildflowers were everywhere, including Virginia Bluebells, Jack in The Pulpit, Toadshade Trillium, and Dutchman’s Breeches but we were most impressed by the Large Flowered Trilliums. The area is one of Ohio’s most beautiful and a…

Some of The Best of 2013 – Nature in Central Ohio

Below are some of my favorite pictures from this year. Not always because they were the sharpest, best composed, or otherwise exhibited technical excellence, but because they made me smile or invoked a sense of wonder. What makes them really special is that they were all taken within a 50 mile radius of our house. Those who have visited Columbus Ohio may have left with…

Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park

About an hour due west of Columbus is one of the prettiest spots in Ohio. Even on a fall day when the color is past it’s peak. It’s a particularly nice days outing to do the ten mile hike from Clifton Mill, through the gorge, John Bryan State Park and Glen Helen Nature Preserve, to Yellow Springs and back not forgetting that Yellow Springs…