Posted on December 7, 2018
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 from a salt well located in its southwest corner that was used by Native Americans. Early December is not the busiest time and the park system was offering a senior discount in an effort to rectify that problem. With leaves mostly on the ground and their colors fading fast it is not the best time of year to experience nature’s beauty, but if one loves to hike and explore we thought “the deal” was too good to pass up.
A short afternoon hike after our arrival revealed that recent wet weather had resulted in trails that were wet, and in spots very muddy, but perhaps what was noticed most was that, with the exception of the call of a distant crow or a nearby chickadee, the woods were completely silent.
During our stay we had the opportunity to explore various trails and the playful sound of small streamlets could often be heard as they made their way down gullies and around moss-covered rocks.
Fortunately there were “wildflowers” to enjoy but not the kind one goes in search of in early spring woods.
Moss covered rocks and fallen cypress needles provided the most vivid color seen.
A longer hike took us by an old stone house on our way to Hosak’s cave and waterfall. The house was built by Benjamin Kennedy, an early settler to the region, around 1840. With the exception of the lake the surrounding landscape probably looks a lot like it did then.
The morning of our departure we were greeted by two inches of fresh snow. In the stillness it was magical.
The lodge, all decorated for the holidays with the warm glow of fireplaces in cozy locations, was lovely. The food, be it breakfast, lunch, or diner, while not French cuisine, was reasonably priced and very good. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
At times nature’s beauty, found when not expected, speaks to us in a whisper.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, hiking in central ohio, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature, Salt Fork State Park, waterfalls Tagged: Bald Cypress, Crowded Parchment, Great Blue Heron, Ground Pholiota, Holly, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic G3 14-45 mm lens, Red-orange Mycena, Turkey Tail
Posted on March 4, 2014
One of the interesting places we visited during our recent too short trip to Florida was Six Mile Cyprus Slough near Fort Myers. It’s a beautiful area which uses a mile long boardwalk to facilitate views of many types of birds as well as frogs, turtles, snakes and alligators.
On this particular day we were more interested in being there than in taking pictures so my wife opted for her Panasonic Fz150 and I my Canon Sx40. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, for me it’s always a trade off when it comes to the cameras I use. The more equipment I carry the more it’s about the photograph which often takes me away from just being there.
So much for my philosophizing, below are pics of just some of the things you might see while visiting Six Mile Cypress Slough in February:
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