Posted on April 15, 2017
A couple of times a year, usually in the spring and fall we get together with friends for a hike from Clifton to Yellow Springs and back. Yellow Springs turns out to be a great place for lunch with a number of excellent small restaurants and delis. The hike wanders through Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve, John Bryan State Park, and finally Glen Helen Nature Preserve allowing us to enjoy a truly unique Ohio landscape. In the spring the quantity and diversity of wildflowers is truly amazing. The hike usually adds up to about ten miles so it necessitates compromises in the camera equipment we use. No heavy DSLR bird cameras here. However, should you choose to bring more serious equipment or just not feel up to a long hike, there are many shorter options that still allow one to enjoy the natural beauty.
Leaving Clifton the hike starts out overlooking a narrow stretch of the Little Miami River.
Continuing to follow the river it wasn’t long before we saw our first trillium.
In the mix there were other trilliums to enjoy.
There were also “non-flower” things to see.
As we made our way downstream the river started to widen.
. . . and then pool before becoming a river once again.
There was never a place where we couldn’t see a wildflower.
There wasn’t always a bridge when we needed one. Fortunately on this particular day the river level wasn’t too high.
Just when you thought you’ve seen all the flowers . . .
Sometimes we’re left feeling as though life’s magic is slipping away and there are no longer any miracles to celebrate. That’s when we might want to consider taking a walk in the spring woods.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Clifton Gorge, John Bryan State Park, photography, The Little Miami, Wildflowers Tagged: Bloodwoot, Blue Phlox, Chickweed, Drooping Trillium, Dryad's Saddle, Dwarf Larkspur, Early Meadow Rue, Golden Ragwort, Hepatica, Large Flowered Bellwort, Large-flowered Trillium, Marsh Marigold, Morel Mushroom, Panasonic FZ150, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Redback Salamander, Rue Anemone, Spring Beauty, Squirrel-corn, Toadshade Trillium, Virginia Bluebells, Wild Geranium, Wild Ginger, Yellow Trout Lily
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