Posted on August 30, 2017
Caterpillars can be hard to believe. In recent weeks my wife’s “eagle eye” has spotted one that certainly seems to confirm this. Along with interesting caterpillars there have been other August insects and wildflowers to fascinate. Each season offers up it’s own treasures.
As an aside, my old Canon manual focus glass has found new life mounted on a Sony A7 body so I’ve enjoyed trying to capture a “sense of place” with the old lenses as we explore some of our local haunts.
During a recent walk we entered the world of caterpillars when my wife noticed this interesting specimen.
The Black Swallowtail butterfly:
On another day as we walked along Griggs Reservoir, three almost identical “bird droppings” were spotted. Very suspicious!
The Giant Swallowtail butterfly:
The Monarch Butterfly caterpillars had a though act to follow after the “bird droppings”. However, this year it’s been exciting to see so many as well as the resultant butterflies. You know it’s a good year when you often hear, or say to your hiking companion, “There’s another Monarch!” Last year we saw very few.
The Monarch butterfly:
The Big Darby has been running low but clear. A sign of late summer in Ohio.
During a lunch break along Alum Creek Reservoir last week, a number of wasps were more than happy to provide free entertainment!
Two days ago, as we made our way along one of our area metro park’s excellent trails, I mentioned to my wife that there appeared to be two humming birds around some thistle half way across the meadow. Before I realized what had happened she disappeared. The only way I could reel her in was with the zoom on my camera!
Along with caterpillars and butterflies there have been other interesting late August insects as well.
A quiet fishing spot along Griggs Reservoir.
Fungi hasn’t been that noticeable due to the lack of rain but recently two examples begged to be photographed.
A fascinating plant, Ground Cherry, discovered during a recent walk.
As we look for butterflies, or are engaged in other pursuits, it’s hard not to notice the other things.
In late August the sound of insects dominate the woods.
As if in protest, a Carolina Wrens does it’s best to break the silence of it’s kind.
In the now often cooler mornings, heavy with dew, spider webs are everywhere.
Walking, those suspended across the trail brush against one’s face.
By noon, as if to deny that summer is slowly coming to an end, butterflies and dragonflies take flight.
Bees, seemingly busier than ever, are everywhere on late summer wildflowers.
Leaves on some trees have already starting to change.
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Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Wildflowers Tagged: Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Black Swallowtail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Jay, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Common Spreadwing, Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee, Cup Plant, Eastern Cricket Frog, False Dragonhead, Giant Swallowtail, Great Blue Lobelia, Ground Cherry, Indigo Bunting, Ironweed, Katydid Wasp, Monarch Butterfly, Northern Tooth Fungi, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Red Squirrel, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tachinid Fly, Tall Bellflower, Thread-waisted Wasp, Virginia Knot Weed, Wingstem
Posted on July 4, 2015
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 a paddle was in order, off we went to explore Griggs Reservoir. My wife was thinking that the waterfalls might have benefited from all the rain, and since we last looked at them a couple of years ago, they might be worth checking out. I was a bit skeptical as conditions have to be just right for the waterfalls to show well.
With rain then sun, early morning walks reveal a special beauty.
As the flowers and insects celebrate.
The birds, not to be left out, were taking advantage of the insect bounty and whatever else was offered by the rains.
The primary purpose of our paddle was to see the waterfalls. We weren’t disappointed.
Our next post will return the Algonquin. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, waterfalls Tagged: Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Coneflower, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Goats Beard, Hackberry Emperor, Mallard Ducks, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Red Admiral, Stream Bluet
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