A Japanese Garden

Several years ago we began a regular practice of walking in Griggs Reservoir Park which occupies a portion of the eastern shore of a reservoir by the same name. The park isn’t far from our home in Upper Arlington so being able to walk to a beautiful spot, without necessarily using a car, was a real plus. <<<>>> At first it was just a…

Six Miles in Six Degrees

It’s morning and as I write this the outside temperature is minus two degrees. The snow glistens from the rays of the sun, still low in the east. Amazingly a pair of Downey Woodpeckers, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Nuthatches and Chickadees are at our feeders.  Watching them you would never guess the temperature. It’s been very cold for two or three days but yesterday we ventured out. It was a bit…

The Bark of a Sycamore Tree

Showing their stark black brown skeletons against a gray sky, winter is not the most beautiful time of year for deciduous trees. However, after shedding portions of it’s bark in the late summer and fall, the Sycamore is the exception. At a distance the white bark of the Sycamore’s upper branches contrasts beautifully with the trees around it. Taking a closer look nearer to the ground, one can enjoy the bark’s endless patterns and textures. Unlike today’s…

A Prayer for Other Living Things

A Prayer for Other Living Things . Winter struggles to become spring summer comes easily then fall as it has for me many times before. . . Looking back to time spent in wild places and quiet morning walks, . . I now, slowly, finally, realize it’s not only about us our dreams, desires, and wants. . ***** . In the woods, . a sycamore stands years longer than…

Winter and an Unlikely Bird

  Yesterday we decided to check out the area below Griggs Dam for eagles or whatever else might show itself. We drove to the park rather than walked as we wanted to use our “bird cameras” which are a bit of a chore to carry six miles.  No sooner had we parked the car it started to snow. Not just snow but wind. It swirled around the car…

Winter to Spring?

A few days ago the temperature was hovering around zero degrees. A couple of days later, after a fair amount of rain, it was close to fifty. If the temperature had stayed below freezing and the reservoir ice covered, we had hoped to continue our observation of waterfowl concentrated in the river. That had now all changed. The ice was pretty much gone and the waterfowl had dispersed. We checked below the dam but the river was running high with a strong current and…

White-winged Scoter

With rumblings that Snowy Owls had reached central Ohio we thought it might be a good day to head  to Prairie Oaks Metro Park. If there happened to be a Snowy Owl there, maybe we would be one of the first to see it. That would make for a very cool title for this blog. But as you may have guessed, we didn’t see a Snowy Owl….

This Special Place

If you were driving the busy road running along the Scioto River and Griggs Reservoir you would never know it’s there. Not unless you were real curious. It’s the area, just below the Griggs Reservoir Dam on the Scioto River, essentially in the middle of Columbus. The installation of a Frisbee golf course along the river in recent years has given the area some legitimacy lacking when a abandoned…