Posted on November 22, 2018
A half an hour before, we were standing in a cold wind just below a dam that has created one of central Ohio’s larger reservoirs trying our best to spot, and perhaps photograph, the Black-legged Kittiwake that was reported in the area. A unique opportunity because it’s a gull not usually seen in these parts. We finally did get a very average binocular view of the bird, another one for my “life list”, but in the process managed to journey pretty far down the road to hypothermia. Now we were looking forward to a hike in the woods with the thought that it wouldn’t be windy and the modest exertion might be enough to warm us up.
Char-Mar Ridge Park, is not far from the dam so it seemed like a good choice. The park is home to numerous species of large trees as well as a pond that usually contains waterfowl. A plus is that next to the pond is a nicely situated observation blind for undetected viewing. This time of the year finds most leaves, a significant portion of which are oak, on the forest floor as the bare branched sentinels, once their home, tower overhead. The lack of leaves on branches promotes a rather barren landscape but made it easy to spot a Pileated woodpecker just minutes into our walk. It insisted on maintaining its position between us and the sun foiling efforts to obtain a really good photo.
Once in the park it was hard not to notice the uniform blanket of leaves. They accentuated the park’s large rocks and fallen trees giving the sense that one was walking through a sculptor garden.
While I was amusing myself with stumps and fallen trees my wife was doing her best to locate fascinating fungi.
It was just a short distance to the blind overlooking the pond and despite the fact that the resident Red Headed Woodpecker was not seen the time spent there did not disappoint. A neighborhood of usual suspects was more than happy to entertain us.
There was also activity on the pond.
It is hard not to be enchanted when one finds color suspended in an otherwise drab gray landscape. Most leaves were down but those on the smaller beech trees hang on and even though their color is no match for the brilliant reds of a maple they did their best to supply color.
Recent rains meant that some areas still contained “ponds” of standing water on and along the path creating a challenge for dry feet but also provided a unique “looking-glass” into the late autumn woods.
In the cold November woods there always is more going on than we know. We move too fast and miss much, wishing for warmer days.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Char-Mar Ridge Park, Columbus, Fungi, Hiking in Ohio, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature Tagged: Beech Tree, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-600mm, Cardinal, Common Split Gill, Downy Woodpecker, Gadwalls, Hooded Merganser, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic G3 14-45 mm lens, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Pileated Woodpecker, Resinous Polypore, Tufted Titmouse, Turkey Tail, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow
Posted on November 4, 2018
The image of a flower bouquet kept entering my mind as I thought about this post. Something enjoyed only briefly and then gone. Perhaps it’s the realization that today images are everywhere and the best we can hope for is a fleeting appreciation before they pass into time. So no iconic Ansel Adams images here, just glimpses of autumn in Ohio. If the reader soon forgets the images but is left with a positive feeling or inspiration the carries them into the day with a smile, we will smile.
In no particular order, the photos were taken during the past week and are from a hike on a “new to us” trail along the western shore of Alum Creek Reservoir in Alum Creek State Park (AC), and also hikes in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park (BD), Clear Creek Metro Park (CC) and Griggs Reservoir Park (GR), an easy to over look city park just mile a from our home. The fungi pictures are a reminder that even with most wildflowers gone until next year there is always something to discovery during a walk in the woods.
Walking a wooded path
with the colors of an autumn day,
the earthen scent of fallen leaves
touched by rain,
and the sound of a solitary woodpecker,
I awoke in the richness
of the moment.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek State Park, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Central Ohio Nature, Clear Creek Metro Park, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature Tagged: Common Split Gill, Cracked Cap Polypore, Eastern Wahoo, Eyelash Cup, Lemon Drops, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Shaggy Mane, Sony A7 with Canon FD lenses, White-egg Birds Nest
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