Griggs Park Celebrates Autumn’s Color

It’s the first part of November and the autumn colors have hung around a lot longer than usual. We thought about taking a drive down to the Hocking Hills in SE Ohio, a hilly part of the state that’s especially beautiful this time of year, but opted for a few long walks in Griggs Park instead. Can’t say that I feel like we missed anything by not…

Fall Fishing and Kinglets

Recent walks in Griggs Park along the reservoir and along the river below the dam have revealed that Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are moving through the area. We haven’t seen many Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the winter so they may move further south but at least a few Golden-crowned Kinglets hang around the  immediate area until spring. . With the exception op Yellow-rumped Warblers, warblers have been scarce in the…

The Magic World Of The Very Small

The last few days found us paddling Griggs Reservoir. This time of year we always hope that staying close to the shoreline will result in warbler sightings and perhaps a few pictures. With warblers and other migrants moving through it’s a good time of year. In recent days on the reservoir we’ve even seen Mink along the banks and while walking just south of the dam…

A Threat To Birds; Fishing Line, Lures, and Hooks

Being a lover of nature, which includes birds, insects, plants, and wildflowers, and also a person who enjoys kayak fishing, this post is hard to write. The last thing one wants to do is sound preachy and I’m also one who realizes that sometimes “___” just happens and it’s really no ones fault. . Having said that, let this post be a reminder to us all, whether birders,…

Summer Wildflowers, Butterflies, and a Few Birds

We’ve been busy documenting nature’s summer in central Ohio. If you are fascinated by insects this is your time of year but be prepared to look closely. The summer heat has done little to discourage the wildflowers which in a shout of color announce their presence. The below shots were taken along Griggs Reservoir and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I hope they put you in a summer kind of…

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…

Clear Water along the Scioto

Encouraged by early success we continue us search for migrating warblers along Griggs Reservoir without much luck. But time spent in nature is probably much like life in general. A key to enjoying the experience is to appreciate what each day gives. . The fall colors continue to embrace the landscape often spontaneously appearing in just one localized part of a tree and then slowly continuing on from there….

Late Summer Along The Reservoir

Usually we don’t think of August as a great time to look for wildflowers or birds. However, most would concede that it is a good time for damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies. During recent paddles in Griggs Reservoir we’ve seen beaver, mink and deer but none would pose for a decent picture.  Griggs Reservoir and it’s associated parks are premier locations in Columbus to experience nature. For many residents they are…

Paddling The Licking River

It had been several years since we paddled north on Dillon Lake which is part of Dillon State Park and headed up the Licking River. It’s a typical paddle for us where we start in a reservoir and paddle up a feeder river for as far as we can or feel like going. Since we enjoy a good paddle and are usually on the lookout for birds…

Up The Creek

We decided to paddle up Paint Creek with the hope of documenting some of the beautiful scenery along it’s banks. As creeks go, it’s one of the best in Ohio. Paint Creek Reservoir is located in Paint Creek State Park. The park is located south of Columbus in the gently rolling hills that occupy that part of the state. Two rivers feed the reservoir, Rattlesnake and Paint Creek. Of the…