Posted on October 16, 2018
As I write this the temperature has finally arrived at more normal levels for early October. Until just a few days ago it was much warmer and the season betrayed by the calendar was having a hard time getting started with leaves still reluctant to show their autumn color. That wasn’t all bad as we were treated to sightings of butterflies and other insects not usually seen this late in the year. Given the above average rainfall it continues to be a great time to see fungi which seems to be almost everywhere. Below is a celebration of some things seen over the past couple of weeks. Missing is “the picture” of me paddling the Scioto River, fishing for Smallmouth Bass, as two mature Bald Eagles circled overhead. Oh well, some things would be hard to capture in a photograph and must just be experienced.
The above experience prompted me to consider things that can be photographed, which in this case happens to be landscapes. Specifically, it has to do with the difference between how a scene is seen and how the camera captures it. Or putting it another way, after we have been enchanted enough to take the picture, and after a preliminary look are happy with the results, does the image convey the desired message as shot? This then will have a lot to do with the kind and amount of post processing used and it’s limits for a particular photograph. Such things are often a matter of opinion or taste, there being no right or wrong. With that said, we’ve all seen the over saturated colors in autumn landscapes which risk devaluing the place and experience as if to say it wasn’t beautiful enough. Things worth considering I believe.
As already mentioned it’s been a great year for fungi. Apparently chicken Fungi and puffballs are edible but I think we will just enjoy looking at them. At their peak the colors of some fungi are no less spectacular than the loveliest wildflower.
Despite our recent fungi fascination other things have been hard to ignore. A number if years ago it took a really spectacular insect to make an impression but as I’ve spent more time looking at them my appreciation has increased. With greater knowledge and understanding it has become much harder to consider them a lower life form less noble than ourselves. They have become part of the beautiful tapestry of life where boundaries between self and the natural world disappear.
Pausing at water’s edge, rippled reflections dance to the rhythm of wind and light gracing us with a new vision and an invitation to a new place.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, Wildflowers Tagged: Bearded Tooth, Bolete, Chicken Fungus, Chickweed Geometer, Common Checkered Skipper, Dead Man's Fingers, Dryad's Saddle, Eastern Comma, Eastern-tailed Blue, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Green Darner, Meadow Fritillary, Orange Mycena, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Puffballs, Rosy Russula, Shaggy Mane, Sony A7 with Canon FD lenses, Turkey Tail, Variegated Fritillary, Wrinkled Peach, Yellow-collared Scape Moth
Posted on August 6, 2015
Photos often result from our time spent in nature but they are seldom the only reason we’re out there. Truth is, we just love being outdoors. Part of the fun is looking closely to see what each new day brings. Perhaps it’s a flower, butterfly, bird, or something else that appears unexpectedly.
Below is a pictorial ramble through things seen in the last few weeks in central Ohio that amazed or enchanted.
The summer flowers have really been coming through for us this year.
While things are starting to dry out from an unusual amount of early summer rain, it continues to be a good year for fungi.
It’s harder to find warblers now but other birds are filling in.
At first we thought it might be a beaver.
Insects continue to satisfy our curiosity.
. . . and it’s always nice to see turtles and snakes some of which were in unexpected locations due to recent high water.
Sometimes it’s just the place.
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Category: birding, birding in central ohio, butterflies, canoeing, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Lepidoptera, nature, Ohio Nature, outdoors, Paint Creek, Paint Creek State Park, photography Tagged: Black Swallowtail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Chicken Fungus, Cicada, Common Water Snake, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Ebony Jewelwing, Garter Snake, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Halberd-leaved Rose-mallow, Killdeer, Lizard's Tail, Mallard Duck, Muskrat, Painted Turtle, Ruby Spot, Snapping Turtle, Solitary Sandpiper, Stream Bluet, Trumpet Flower
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