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…

What We Saw After We Didn’t See The Kirtlands Warbler

The report was that a Kirtlands Warbler had been seen at Highbanks Metro Park. There were even pictures on the Central Ohio Birders Facebook page.  We don’t usually chase birds but this one wasn’t far from home. Besides, if we weren’t successful in finding it, High Banks, with it’s many nice trails, would be a great place for a hike. . Well, as the title of…

Vernal Pools and Spring Wildflowers

The woods at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park  are a very good place to take a long walk. This time of the year, if you love spring wildflowers, it’s a great place. Yesterday, with that in mind, we packed water and a lunch and headed out with the goal of seeing trilliums and perhaps a few spring warblers. . The park’s spring woods contain many shallow pools…

A Winter Walk

Winter Walk . The wonder of freshly fallen snow proof that somewhere within there is still lives a child after snow had fallen during the night we walk the landscape quietly transforming gracing the ordinary with magic as birds go about their business moving branch to branch sending small cascades of white floating down into the quiet                                                                               rsp . . Thanks for looking in.

A Fleeting Autumn Day

The photographs below are in celebration of autumn in central Ohio. Inspiration was found on a recent visit to High Banks Metro Park as well as closer to home along the Scioto River. The High Banks landscape, with it’s ravines and mature trees, offers opportunities to explore autumn color not found elsewhere in the area. The Scioto River with it’s wooded banks and recently low relatively clear water also…

Fall Caterpillars

Recently we decided to visit Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park hoping for fall color and landscapes and perhaps some inspiration for a poem about autumn. Fall colors in central Ohio’s natural areas are always a challenge, plenty of yellows and browns, but due to the lack of maples not many bright reds and oranges. Interestingly, autumn color within the city is much better because humans like and…

Early Autumn Notebook

The last several days have been beautiful. Clear skies, cool nights and comfortable days with very little wind. Certainly something to remember, especially three months from now. . When the weather is this nice you certainly want to put it to good use. With that in mind we’ve enjoyed paddling with friends on Griggs Reservoir and have also spent some time in Griggs Park as well as Prairie…

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…

Herring Gulls on Griggs Reservoir

Yesterday on one of our Scotland trip training walks we finally saw something we’ve been trying to find for weeks. A Herring Gull on Griggs Reservoir. Actually there was more than one. Don’t get me wrong they’re hardly a rare bird even in central Ohio. However, in the winter we predominately see Ring-billed Gulls so it was rather exciting to see a different specie on the reservoir. The birds may…

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…