“Who Put This Thing Up Here Anyway?”

It was very windy today but even so we thought a long walk to our local slice of nature along the Scioto River might be in order. So off we went. An incriminating statement as to how seriously I take my windy day nature photography was that at the last minute I dropped a Panasonic ZS50 in my pocket along with a small pair of binoculars….

Waterfowl and Ice

A recent walk was filled with anticipation. Cold weather had resulted in a fresh covering of ice on Griggs Reservoir. When this occurs, the Scioto River, free flowing below the dam, concentrates any waterfowl that might be in the area. . On the reservoir there were signs of animal activity. . What we hadn’t anticipated were the fascinating ice formations along the river. As mentioned in previous posts they are caused by…

Speaking With A Soft Voice

In recent days we’ve found ourselves visiting some of the usual places as well as making another trip the Clifton Gorge for a hike with friends. The gorge trip was interesting because, unlike our last visit, the day was cloudy and different light often means different photographic possibilities! Whether along the gorge or closer to home, we’re always on the lookout for things that interest us, some of which might even be worth…

“Up North” in Michigan

Every year for the past ten or so we’ve travelled from central Ohio to the northeast part of Michigan’s lower peninsula for a few days of “catch and release” fishing.  . Although certainly providing it’s own challenges and excitement, it not so much about the fishing as just being there. We’re “Up North” after all, a special place for many of us who grew up further south.  . “Up North” magic; perhaps it’s…

A Little North of Ohio, Part 2 of 3, Paddling in Algonquin

During a recent visit to Algonquin Provincial Park our time was spent equally between paddling and hiking. While the hiking is fantastic, the real reason one goes to the park is to paddle. If you love canoeing, and Algonquin is within reach, by all means put it on your list. With a land area greater than the state of Rhode Island, and countless lakes big and…

In Search of The Beautiful But Elusive Prothonotary Warbler

No birding adventure is any better than if it can be combined with time in a canoe. Recently we decided to to explore the shoreline of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir and the Twin Lakes area with the hope of seeing warblers. In past years the Twin Lakes Area (O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve)  has been very good so we were hopeful.  . While there are few things as enjoyable as viewing birds from…

Griggs Park Birding, April 28th & 29th

My wife and I were looking at photos and talking about all the birds we’d seen over a period of 24 hours along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River just below the dam. These included a first of the year Baltimore Oriole and an Eastern Kingbird. . As some of you that visit this blog on a regular basis may already realize, we tend to concentrate on several areas close to our home…

Sometimes Less Is More

  A few weeks back a deal by one of the major internet retailers of $297 for a Panasonic FZ200 prompted me to pull the trigger for two. One for my wife and one for myself. It’s a camera I’ve been looking at for some time due to a fast 2.8 lens throughout it’s zoom range. My wife’s FZ150, even with it’s slower lens, has consistently…

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…

Paddling Into Autumn

Trees in autumn are a grand garden in bloom. Each day offers a new arrangement of colors and patterns to delight one who simply chooses to be in their presence. . The weather was going to turn as it often does this time of the year. Today it’s quiet, sunny, almost sublime, tomorrow, cloudy, cold, and blustery. Better get out and see what there is to discover. Tomorrow we may be inside…