Posted on June 11, 2020
At first, as we looked across the river, there appeared to be a Double-crested Cormorant hanging around with a bunch of turtles. But a closer look revealed that one turtle didn’t resemble the others. The others, Northern Map Turtles, were almost too many to count. The unique turtle was a Spiny Softshell Turtle which, while not uncommon, can’t compete with the map turtle when it comes to shear numbers in central Ohio.
As opposed to just two weeks ago, the brilliantly colored male Baltimore Orioles are much harder to spot with trees leafed out. However, one obliged by landing on the exposed branches of a nearby sycamore.
We’ve transitioned from spring to early summer wildflowers. Two of my favorites, both anemones are Canada Anemone and Thimbleweed. The Spiderwort was photographed in bright late morning sunlight, not the best conditions, but the dark background made it work. The flower of the ninebark is amazingly beautiful considering the plant’s rather ordinary name.
Along the reservoir small regular waves under overhanging branches create a fascinating pattern of reflections.
Sometimes just an inadvertent glace in a direction not planned draws one into an adventure of unexpected wonder.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Canada Anemone, Canon 80D Tamron 100-400mm, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Spiny Softshell, Foxglove Beardtongue, Map Turtle, Ninebark Flower, Panasonic FZ200, Raspberry Flower, Spiderwort, Thimbleweed
Posted on June 16, 2018
It was a quiet morning at Griggs Reservoir Park with little wind and an overcast sky that threatened rain making it almost too dark for pictures. The kind of day one pretty much has the whole park to themself. My pessimism about what would be seen, much less photographed, was reflected in my selection of cameras. I contented myself just with a Panasonic FZ200 superzoom accompanied by a pair of binos, while my wife expressed her optimism by taking a “bird camera”.
With the absence of traffic both in the park and on the reservoir, normally wary and prone to flight Great Blue Herons were content to stay on shoreline perches as we walked by. Other birds also seemed less prone to flight as we got close.
Even with the dullness of the morning the unmistakable fire orange of a noisy Baltimore Oriole caught our eye as it streaked by on it way to a nearby tree. Taking a closer look through dense leaf cover revealed an almost completely hidden nest. Suspended by next winter’s bare branches, what remained would be easy to spot.
My wife looked ever closer in an effort to see a “new to her” insect or spider. Life that most of us walk right by.
Seemingly unabated, wildflowers continue their march through the year. Those that greeted us just a few weeks ago are gone but new ones have taken their place. On a sunny day they speak in a bright and joyful voice so it seems counterintuitive that the best time to photograph them is usually on overcast days. No blown out highlights, deep shadow values, and more saturated colors.
It never did rain and as our longer than expected time in the park came to a close so did the time for taking a “closer look” and for reflection. As is often the case when in nature we left much richer than when we came.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Barn Swallow, Black-eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Canada Anemone, Canada Thistle, Daisy Fleabane, Female Amberwing Dagonfly, Gray Tree Frog, Horse Nettle, Immature Hooded Merganser, Katydid, Morning Glory, Moth Mullien, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Robin, Thimbleweed, Water Willow
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