Posted on August 1, 2017
My wife had to carry most of the load in central Ohio over the past week or so while I was on my annual Michigan fishing trip. Based on the following pictures, many of which are hers, she had no trouble discovering things of interest.
First there were the birds, a few of which when captured in unusual or even comical poses. Some just a little different than the usual “mug” shot.
Sometimes a bird picture was obtained as my wife happened to look up as she studyed an interesting “bug” and there were apparently no shortage of those.
Summer flowers grace areas along the reservoir.
Finally a few pics from my fishing trip to the Rifle River Recreation Area. It always feels like a homecoming when I head north bringing back many fond childhood summer vacation memories. I always think I’ll take more pictures on this trip but it’s hard to wear two hats so I mostly just allow myself to be there and fish.
Each trip into nature marks the passing of time. Summer moves along, things seen are ever changing, birds fledge and mature under parent’s attentive care, caterpillars and butterflies continue their amazing dance of life, wildflowers and bees are ever present companions, by late July the days have grown noticeably shorter.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Michigan State Parks, Nature Photography, Ohio Insects, Ohio Nature, Paddling and Nature Photography, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: 2-marked Treehoppers, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Boneset, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Canon SX260, Cardinal Flower, Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Chipmunk, Clouded Sulphur, Common Loon, Eastern Phoebe, Eupatorium Borer Moth, Evening Primrose, Great Blue Heron, Green Bee, Green Heron, Milkweed Tossock Moth Caterpillar, Monarch Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, Monkey Flower, Northern Flicker, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Orange Sulfur, Orchard Orbweaver, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Robber Fly, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Sneeze Weed, Solitary Sand Wasp, Swamp Rose-Mallow, Sycamore Tussock Moth Catapillar, Tall Blue Lettuce, wasp, Wingstem, Yellow Jacket Hover Fly
Posted on August 15, 2014
Since Griggs Reservoir is close to home we often use it for our “workout” paddles during the week when things are quiet. On those paddles we hope to see a few things worth a closer look or maybe even a picture. On a typical ten mile paddle we’ll have fifteen to twenty Great Blue Heron sightings. On some days one or two Black Crowned Night Herons will be seen and on most days two or three Green Herons. The Green Herons are one of our favorites because, as well as being less common, their behavior is often curious or even comical.
On a recent paddle a young Green Heron decided to pose for a few pictures while either hunting for food or preening. It was quite a show. Of course before we encountered the heron there were other things to see.
No shortage of Cedar Waxwings and Kingbirds near our launch in Griggs Park.
Across the reservoir as we head north a Kingfisher tries to hide.
One of many Great Blue Herons seen.
A little further north we even see a Great Egret. They never let us get very close.
Still further north heading into the “wetlands” area.
But it was an immature Green Heron won the day.
Whether it was hunting:
. . . or preening:
When the heron was through entertaining us there was plenty of other things to see.
A day to remember as a fresh wind out of the north made for a easy paddle home.
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River Tagged: Asiatic Day Flower, Boneset, Cedar Waxwing, False Dragonhead, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Ironweed, Kingbird, Kingfisher, Silver Spotted Skipper, Water Willow, Wingstem
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