Paddling Into Nature On Griggs Reservoir

This post is a partial summary of the wonderful diversity of life seen during a recent nine mile paddle on Griggs Reservoir. The reservoir is located within the “city limits” of Columbus, Ohio. Except for a few isolated cases where (Bob) is under the photo my wife was kind enough to handle the photography. . It’s been a wet spring with not many nice…

December Quiet

Recently we had an opportunity to spent a few days at Salt Fork State Park. It’s located in eastern part of the state and is Ohio’s largest state park at 17,000 acres encompassing a landscape of forested hills, open meadows, valleys, winding streams and a large serpentine lake. It’s a park that’s new to us with a name that is said to have been derived…

On The Shoulder of Very Small Giants!

Recently we were thinking about all the birds that nest in Griggs Reservoir Park or in the immediate environs. A list of some of the more interesting ones would go something like this: White-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal, Northern Flicker, Kingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Jay, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-crowned Night Heron, Northern Parula Warbler, Protonotary Warbler, Kingfisher, Wood Duck, Baltimore Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, Mallard Duck,…

Waterfalls, Birds, and Other Things

Outings in small boats can provide a unique opportunity to view and photograph wildlife. While we don’t pursue birds in our canoe, one will often take flight when approached. When it does, often crossing right in front of us, it offers an opportunity to get a nice “in flight” profile shot. Gliding silently without paddling often provides a chance to get very close to…

Revisiting The Falls Of Griggs Reservoir

We thought before we did another post on Algonquin Provincial Park, we’d take a look around our neighborhood since returning from the north country, and see what’s going on. . While we were gone and since our return there’s been a lot of rain in central Ohio. This has left the reservoirs high and muddy, conditions hardly conducive to canoeing. For a few days we contented ourselves exploring on “dry” land. Finally yesterday, deciding that…

An Early Spring Plant With Attitude

We’ve been working our way around the Scioto River Watershed in Columbus looking for migrating waterfowl and signs of spring. The spring part has been tough as snow continues to cover most of the ground. But today we discovered the first unambiguous sign that spring can’t be far away. . On the road to discovery we noticed some things that weren’t that encouraging.  …

The West Highland Way

On occasion we leave central Ohio to experience nature in a different location. A few weeks ago we travelled to Scotland to hike the 96 mile West Highland Way which runs between Milngavie and Fort William. You can hike part or the whole thing. Deciding to be nice to our “We’re not 25 anymore” bodies we stayed in Inns or B&B’s each night.  The scenery was spectacular…

Late June Happenings Along The Reservoir

We returned from Scotland a little over a week ago and to be honest, it’s been hard to get our heads back into central Ohio. For those of you that may be curious we Hiked The West Highland Way and then spent a few days exploring the Isle of Skye. It was a wonderful adventure made all the more special by all the great people we…

The Waterfalls and Rain Gardens of Griggs Reservoir

When asked about waterfalls around Griggs Reservoir most people  mention Haden Run Falls, but after a rainy spell like we’ve had recently, there are several others that are beautiful to see. These waterfalls are found by exploring the small coves on the west side of the reservoir by canoe or kayak. To find them the reservoir level needs to be high as a result of recent heavy…