Posted on July 18, 2017
Recently we were thinking about all the birds that nest in Griggs Reservoir Park or in the immediate environs. A list of some of the more interesting ones would go something like this:
Cardinal, Northern Flicker,
Black-crowned Night Heron,
Northern Parula Warbler,
Kingfisher, Wood Duck,
Great Blue Heron
. . . ,
well I think you get the idea. It’s amazing that just a few years ago we were ignorant of much of this. To become more aware has taken time coupled with repeated outings to the park and reservoir. While some visits have been pretty quiet, in general learning about the birds has been a rewarding activity.
Too further this point, recently we’ve been fortunate to photograph a few of the “youngsters”. The always active Kingbirds have been hard to miss.
While we’ve heard them calling from time to time over the past few weeks, Yellow-throated Warblers have been illusive so the one below was a pretty exciting find!
Always cute, a few Mallard ducklings were present along the reservoir. Interesting because we’ve seen a stream of ducklings over the last two months indicating there is no fixed time to mate.
While not youngsters, a few other birds also allowed us to take their picture. For those of you that have tried to photograph a Kingfisher you know they don’t usually cooperate so even an average picture is an accomplishment.
As mentioned above the birds have been rewarding but we never imaged we would discover a new snake right within the city limits of Columbus! It was seen while canoeing Griggs Reservoir and was located in a low lying bush overhanging the water. While looking at the one below another one splashed into the water. Needless to say we were very excited by this discovery!
Summer wildflowers have benefited from the recent rain.
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you know that in the summer we tend to focus more on insects. This year is no exception, except I’ve finally really caught the “bug” from my wife. Having made that declaration, as hard as I look I will never match her ability to see these little guys!
The photo of the below dragonfly was an especially exciting because it very seldom lands.
There was a time when I wasn’t all that excited about “insects”, pointing my camera at butterflies, dragonflies, and the like only when the birds weren’t cooperating. Arriving home after one such an outing I took a close look at the images obtained and was amazed at the beauty of many of these creatures that are so easy for us to disregard. It’s hardly breaking news but some time ago I heard that if we compared the weight of all humans with that of all insects we would make up a very small piece of the pie. The below chart illustrates that point. For life to exist on this small sphere we stand on the shoulders of giants but in our case they are very small giants. Something to think about!
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Insects, Ohio Nature, waterfalls, Wildflowers Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Dasher, Blue Jay, Blue Vervain, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Common Dogbane Beetle, Duke's Skipper, Eastern-tailed Blue, Giant Spreadwing, Joe-pye Weed, Kingbird, Lazard's Tail, Mallard Ducklings, Metillic Gold Fly, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Pelecinid Wasp, Queen Snake, Question Mark, Robber Fly, Silvery Checkerspot, Soldier Fly, Spicebush Swallowtail, Swamp Milkweed, Tall Blue Lettuce, Wandering Glider, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on July 14, 2015
Most of the pictures in this post are a result of my wife’s skill, tenacity, patience, and love of the small creatures that grace nature in central Ohio and so often go unnoticed. It wasn’t that long ago that I thought of insects as second class citizens. Wouldn’t you rather look at or take a picture of a warbler? Okay, many insects are essential to natures food chain, many are important for pollination, surprisingly few actually “Bug” us, but some are also amazing to watch.
We hope you enjoy the following pictures and that you’ll also be excited to take a closer look. But be forewarned that unlike a beautiful sunset, a mountain landscape, or the spontaneous smile of a small child, these marvels must be pursued with intention to fully appreciate their wonder.
Right in our backyard:
Not far from our backyard along Griggs Reservoir.
A very small butterfly.
A moth, really? Judging from the number of pictures taken just to get a few good ones, it’s safe to say we got pretty excited. Not an uncommon moth but not often seen.
Black-eyed Susan’s in Griggs Park.
Near waters edge, Griggs Reservoir.
A wasp and a fly.
Another moth, is it really?
Other butterflies seen.
Last and in this case least, a very small moth.
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Category: butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Moths, Ohio Nature, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: Black Swallowtail, Black-eyed Susan, Blue Vervain, Cup Plant, Ebony Jewelwings, Hummingbird Moth, Least Skipper, Olympus E620 70-300 mm, Orange Mint Moth, Panasonic FZ200, Powdered Dancer, Red Admiral, Silver Spotted Skipper, Stream Bluet, Summer Azure, Thick-headed Fly, Virginia Ctenucha
Posted on August 8, 2014
I’m always amazed by the distance we have to travel before our brain gets reprogramed and starts to notice beauty that were it closer to home would be passed by unnoticed.
So in celebration of that which is easy to pass by, below is a collection of photos taken in the last week while walking in Griggs Park or along the Scioto River below the dam. All very close to home and within the city limits of Columbus. In addition a few were shots were taken while paddling the north end of Griggs Reservoir. From where we live it’s a mile and a half by land and five miles by water. In addition, a few pics were taken in our backyard.
Since we often see the beauty of a place defined by a landscapes rather than a close-up of a flower or bug, along with the bugs and flowers a few landscapes are included. Perhaps an effort on our part to capture the place in a way that speaks to our larger sensibilities. A way one might appreciate it if you were just out for a walk enjoying the day.
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Blue Vervain, Canon D30, Canon G11, Canon SX260, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Comma, False Dragonhead, Green Heron, Groundnut, Hackberry Emperor, Monarch Butterfly, Monkey Flower, Olympus E620, Painted Turtle, Panasonic FZ-150, Red-spotted Purple, Spotted Sandpiper, Swamp Milkweed
Posted on July 9, 2014
As we walked along the reservoir we were sure that any minute the clouds would open up delivering a soaking rain but with cameras in hand we soldered on. We were desperate for a nature fix but what would we possibly see? Any pictures taken would probably be blurry or at least, with the Auto ISO on, full of noise. Attempts to visualize landscapes that might have something endearing to say proved futile so we concentrated on the smaller things where the very flat dim light might be an asset.
Amazingly even under these circumstances beauty was found.
The Mallard Ducks seemed happy enough.
The camera managed to capture a Nuthatch.
. . . a dragonfly even let us get close.
But not all dragonflies were having a good day as witnessed buy this Great Crested Flycatcher that was showing off it’s prize.
On a lighter note during a recent bike ride we got an endearing picture of two young dear.
You can find a rich experience close to home.
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