First Griggs Reservoir Green Heron of The Year

We paddle the reservoir near our home for exercise, just to be outdoors, to observe nature, and hopefully to get a few pictures of what we see. . Green Herons have been scarce so far this year, that is. until a recent paddle, when we found them at the reservoir’s north end. I guess the ten mile round trip paddle to see our first Griggs Reservoir Green…

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…

Celebrating Beauty Closer to Home

I’m always amazed by the distance we have to travel before our brain gets reprogramed and starts to notice beauty that were it closer to home would be passed by unnoticed. . So in celebration of that which is easy to pass by, below is a collection of photos taken in the last week while walking in Griggs Park or along the Scioto River below the dam. All very close to home and  within…

A Puffy White Cloud Sort of Day

Mid-July and it was a perfect day for a long paddle on Griggs Reservoir. Temperature in the low seventies, little wind, with puffy white clouds dotting a very blue sky. The canoe seemed to glide along effortlessly. Are we really in Columbus?   It wasn’t long before we started seeing birds. First it was a Kingfisher as we entered a cove. A little further a Double Crested Cormorant…

A Red-eyed Vireo Entertains Us

For the past several weeks we’ve been hearing Northern Parula Warblers in the small wooded area along the Scioto River below Griggs Reservoir Dam. Hoping to get photograph before it leafs out making the bird(s) impossible to find, we’ve made several trips trying to locate them. So far we haven’t had any luck getting a photograph but have been compensated for our efforts by other things. ….

An Early Spring Gathering of “Ducks” in Central Ohio

Yesterday, with our son in town for a visit, we decided to take advantage of his good eyes and go birding. He was more than happy to accommodate us. Rather than one of our usual long walks, this time we took the car. Our destinations included the Scioto river below Griggs Dam, Griggs Reservoir along Griggs Reservoir Park, the very northern end of the reservoir the…