Posted on September 17, 2018
Every couple of years we travel to the coast of Maine. It always seems like our stay is too short. The below images around Stonington as well as Mt Dessert Island are in celebration of our recent visit. For photographers enchanted by rugged natural beauty the coast of Maine offers endless photographic opportunities. As if the natural beauty wasn’t enough, exploring the trails of Acadia National Park often treats one’s senses to the fragrance of salt air and balsam. Not something we get to enjoy in Ohio. Our too brief stop in Stonington left us feeling that our next visit will have to encompass more than just a few hours and there are always more places to see and explore on Mt Dessert Island. Plenty of reasons to return.
We hope you enjoyed this brief interlude from our usual central Ohio posts. For a moment this morning as we walking along Griggs Reservoir in the misty rain, except for the lack of salt air, it was hard not to imagine we were back in Maine. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Acadia National Park, Central Ohio Nature, Maine Tagged: American Lady, Black Guillemot, Canon 80D Tamron 18-400mm, Common Eider, Greater Yellowlegs, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Panasonic ZS50, Red Squirrel, Redback Salamander, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Sony A7 with Canon FD lenses
Posted on April 20, 2016
Recently we visited one of our local metro parks for what turned out to be a more difficult than expected hike. The idea was to look for spring wildflowers and migrating warblers. A few days later, after recovering from the hike, we found ourselves paddling the shoreline of a local reservoir again looking for signs of spring.
Most trees have yet to leaf out which, as the days slowly go by, leaves us wishing things would hurry up. It’s hard not to embrace the idea that nothing says spring like green translucent leaves “stain glassed” by the shadows of branches and light from a low morning sun. However, if one is a wildflower enthusiast you want those ground dwelling plants to have their time in the sun, so no leaves for awhile please. Besides, the bare branches also make migrating birds easier to spot.
We have started hearing, and sometimes seeing, warblers along with a few of the other small migrants.
There were also other suspects:
Larger birds were also in attendance.
Warmer midday temperatures mean more butterflies. They are also seen earlier in the day, defying what seem like way too cool temperatures. Below are three of the many species seen in recent days.
While the canopy is still bare there are things to be seen on the forest floor.
Today, a hike in Clifton Gorge treated us to more beautiful wildflowers, but they will have to wait for another post.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, hiking in central ohio, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: American Lady, Bloodroot, Bluets, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Club Moss, Double-crested Comorant, Duskywing, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Blue Heron, Large-flowered Trillium, Mallard Duck, Morning Cloak, Red-tailed Hawk, Reindeer Lichen, Tree Swallow, Trout Lilly, Wintergreen, Yellow-throated Warbler
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