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.
Thanks for stopping by.
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 27, 2016
Well not exactly the Black Lagoon (recalling a movie from childhood), but while I was in Michigan fishing my wife continued to explore the areas around our home in central Ohio. One morning between heavy rain storms she observed some rather interesting behavior by the local crayfish population in Griggs Reservoir as they gathered along the shore and then partially crawled out of the water. We spent some time researching crayfish (did you know there are 20 species in Ohio?), trying to understand this behavior but to no avail. Our only guess is it had something to do with the recent heavy rains.
Upon my return we spent time paddling Griggs Reservoir as well as exploring Prairie Oaks Metro Park looking for late summer dragonflies and butterflies. At Prairie Oaks we arrived about 20 seconds to late, according to our hiking companions, to witness a garden spider making quick work of a dragonfly that it had captured in it’s web. That spider was fast!
. . . and continuing with the same theme, just a few days earlier my wife caught this robber fly enjoying lunch at the expense of a careless bee.
Also courtesy of my wife sharp eye, one last series of photos dealing with things eating other things.
We don’t usually consider ourselves a food source so it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that if a creature is not in the process of being eaten, it is usually searching for or waiting to ambush it’s next meal, or if successful, eating it. Spending time in nature guarantees one will witness such things from time to time. In the last few days not everything seen has been in the process of eating or engaged in some unusual hard to explain behavior. Some things were just posing for the camera.
There were butterflies, some of which like the Summer Azure and Eastern Tailed Blue are very small.
Moths, they come in an amazing array of shapes and sizes.
and other things.
Oh yes, we have been seeing birds and a few posed for a picture.
Once again we find ourselves amazed at what is seen right under our nose in central Ohio. Should you be curious about such things, but not inclined to try your hand at photography, get a pair of binoculars, preferably a pair with close focus capability, and a new world will be opened to you! Thanks for stopping by.
Category: birding in central ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Moths, nature, nature writing, outdoors, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Arrowroot, Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Buckeye, Bumble Bee, Calico Pennant, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Chickweed Geometer, Common Dogwood Sawfly Caterpillar, Common Whitetail, Crayfish, Double-crested Comorant, Eastern Amberwing, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Pondhawk, Eastern-tailed Blue, Ebony Jewelwing, Hairy Woodpecker, Juvenal's Duskywing, Mallard Duck, Map Turtle, Meadow Fritillary, Milkweed Tossock Moth Caterpillar, Monarch Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, Northern Flicker, Panasonic FZ200, Powdered Dancer, Red-spotted Purple, Robber Fly, Snowberry Clearwing, Solitary Sand Wasp, Summer Azure, Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Viceroy
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