Posted on August 19, 2017
Last week we spent a few days in Michigan in the Rifle River Recreation Area not far from the town of West Branch on the northeast side of the lower peninsula. With a number of excellent hiking trails, and lakes that don’t allow motors, it’s an excellent place for nature viewing. The lack of boat generated wakes on Devoe Lake means that Loons nest there. To the best of our knowledge it’s the closest location from central Ohio where nesting Loons can be seen. There are also Bald Eagles, Osprey as well as other birds to enjoy. When out exploring one is also treated to dragonflies and butterflies, as well as a number wildflowers not seen in central Ohio. Not far from the park is the AuSable River and the adjacent National Forest create even more opportunities for paddling and outdoor adventure.
We could spend hours watching loons. A quiet paddle on Devoe Lake allows one to observe them as they go about their day.
A view from the canoe.
Bald Eagles are sometimes seen flying overhead as we observe the loons with their young. If they get too close the adult loons create quite a commotion!
Other birds of prey also frequent the area.
Early morning solitude near our campsite.
Most birds were seen from the canoe as we made our way along the shoreline of Devoe and Grebe Lakes, as well as Loud Pond on the Au Sable River.
While hiking, especially this time of year, birds usually give way to the wildflowers and interesting types of fungus.
Dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies were seen as we enjoyed the wildflowers included one butterfly not typically seen in central Ohio.
A sense of place.
Shall we go for a hike or paddle? The decision is often made based on the weather conditions. Wind and choppy water make canoe photography with long lenses almost impossible. However, should conditions permit we’re usually not disappointed be the flowers seen as we paddle!
Sometimes when hiking you don’t have to look real close to be overwhelmed by the beauty.
No post would be complete without touching on some of the reptiles and amphibians seen. Seeing the skink was a surprise.
While fishing along the Au Sable River upstream of Loud Pond, a Mink is sighted!
We spend a lot of time looking and exploring but sometimes there’s a lot to be said for just being there.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this very incomplete sample of things that can be seen and experienced in the Rifle River Recreation Area.
The beauty is, the more time spent in nature the more you will see, the more you see the more you will want to understand and soon you’ll be carried away by the wonder and magic of it all.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Michigan, Michigan State Parks, Paddling and Nature Photography, Rifle River Recreation Area Tagged: American Copper, American White Water Lily, Appalachian Brown, Bad-wing Moths, Bald Eagle, Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher, Broad-leaved Arrowhead, bullfrog, Burr Reed, Canada Darner, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Cardinal Flower, Caspian Tern, Common Loon, Common Wood Nymph, Coral Fungus, Crab Spider, Doll's Eyes, Dragon Hunter, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Five-lined Skink, Foam Flower, Fringed Loosestrife, Garter Snake, Grass-of-Parnassus, Great Spangled Fritillary, Green Heron, Hawkweed, Indian Pipe, Katydid, Kingbird, Knapweed, Meadow Sweet, mink, Monarch Butterfly, Ontario Lobelia, Osprey, Painted Turtle, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Pelecinid Wasp, Pickerel Weed, Picture Plant, Red-spotted Purple, Robber Fly, Ruby Meadowhawk, Small Mouth Bass, Spotted Sandpiper, Spotted Spreadwing, St John's Wort, Swamp Smartweed, Trumpeter Swan, Turtlehead, Vesper Bluet, Virgin's Bower, Water Shield, Wood Frog, Yellow Pond Lilly
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 central 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 4, 2014
Late July and early August is a great time to grab your camera and binoculars and go for a hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. The park has reestablished extensive areas of prairie containing many types of native wildflowers. With the flowers come butterflies and other types of insects. Eastern Meadowlarks, Indigo Buntings and other birds are also attracted to the area. If you ever questioned the value of native prairies in promoting biodiversity visit Battelle Darby and take a close look. You’ll be amazed at what there is to see.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out some pictures of nature in central Ohio. We hope you’re inspired to get out and explore nature wherever you live.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, birding in central ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, fungus, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Blazing Star, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, bullfrog, Cardinal, Cardinal Flower, Daddy Longlegs, Familiar Bluet, Giant Swallowtail, Goldfinch, Hackberry Emperor, Indigo Bunting, Olympus E620, Panasonic FZ-150, Red Admiral, Red Milkweed Beetle, Silver Spotted Skipper, Silvery Checkerspot, Spicebush Swallowtail, Spiny Soft Shell Turtle, Sunflower, Tall Bellflower, Tufted Titmouse, Yellow Coneflower, Zabulon Skipper
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