Late Spring Celebration; A Warbler and Much More

Nature unfolds and reveals itself like a flower, first reluctantly and then with grace. Armed with just a little curiosity, looking with intention, and allowing yourself  to be in the moment and place, rewards one with new wonder. Seeing and appreciating more each time.

<<<>>>

In the past few days, still interested in finding warblers, we visited Prairie Oaks Metro Park and closer to home Griggs Reservoir Park in the hopes of seeing a few stragglers. With the exception of the Prothonotary, the warblers didn’t cooperate but fortunately other things did. Whether it’s warblers or “other things” we’re always amazed by the celebration of life this time of year and the beauty that’s often found in the ordinary. The pictures below were taken over just a few outings, typically involving walks of at least two or three miles, sometimes longer, as we search for birds, bugs, and plants. It is a source of continuous fascination that so much can be found so close to home in central Ohio.

.

A shaft of light finds grass along a stream, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

<<<>>>

It’s always nice when “the reptiles” decide to join the cast.

Next to the path a turtle acts none to happy about our presence, Prairie Oak Metro Park.

A Bullfrog shows a nice profile, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna).

<<<>>>

Still in “warbler mode” on a recent outing, we weren’t prepared for all the insects we would see.

Familiar Bluet, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna).

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna).

Inch Worm, (Donna).

Daddy Longlegs, (Donna)

Spicebush Swallowtail

Silver Spotted Skipper, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

A very common Cabbage White, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Painted Lady, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna).

Virginia Ctenucha, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

Viceroy, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

Eight-spotted Forester Moth, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna).

Large Lace-boarder Moth, Griggs Reservoir Park, (Donna).

Milkweed Beetle, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Silvery Checkerspot, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna).

Green Bee on Coneflower, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Hackberry Emperor, Griggs Reservoir Park, (Donna).

<<<>>>

Where there are bees and butterflies there will be wildflowers or maybe it’s the other way around.

Butterfly Weed, Griggs Reservoir Park.

In grassy areas and meadows English Plantain is everywhere, Griggs Reservoir Park is no exception.

Very small bees visit the very small flowers of the English Plantain.

Hairy Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis), Griggs Reservoir Park.

Black-eyed Susans, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Thimbleweed, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Early Meadow Rue, Griggs Reservoir Park, (Donna).

Day Lily, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Goatsbeard, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Moth Mullein, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Chicory, Griggs Reservoir Park.

<<<>>>

While we were excited to see Prothonotary Warblers nesting so close to home there was no storage of other birds to fascinate.

We’d been seeing this nesting Prothonotary Warbler for a few weeks in Griggs Reservoir Park. We finally were able to get some pictures.

It must be nesting nearby because at one point it was observed taking food to it’s young.

Preening.

No spot is missed!

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is not common this time of year in Griggs reservoir Park.

A Downy Woodpecker making effective use of it’s tail, Griggs Reservoir Park.

An adult Killdeer tries to get our attention, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

It tries a little harder, something must be going on.

Sure enough!

A male Baltimore Oriole makes it’s presence known in Griggs Reservoir Park. It’s been a great year for these birds in the park.

This Northern Flicker, often seen in a fairly localized area, must have a nest nearby, Griggs Reservoir Park.

Numerous Catbirds continue to entertain in Griggs Reservoir Park.

A Mallard keeps an eye on us as we walk along the water in Griggs Reservoir Park.

<<<>>>

A stream benefits from recent rain in Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

.

Nature unfolds and reveals itself like a flower, first reluctantly and then with grace. May you be rewarded with new wonder, seeing and appreciating more each time.

Chipmunk, Griggs Reservoir Park.

.

Thanks for stopping by.

.

XXX

.

Should you wish prints from various posts may be purchased at Purchase a Photo. If you don’t find it on the link drop us a line.

 

 

 

 

 

Butterflies and Wildflowers at Battelle Derby Creek

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.

IMG_6887

Prairie in early morning, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Some parts of the prairie contain ponds, Bullfrog, Battelle Darby Creek

Frog in pond 080114 Battelle Darby cp1

Bullfrog, study 2 (Donna)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cardinal Flowers, Battelle Darby Creek Prairie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tufted Titmouse along the Big Darby River

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Silver-spotted Skipper, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Making friends with a butterfly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hackberry Emperor, Battelle Darby

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sunflowers, Battelle Darby Creek Prairie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Catapillar, Battelle Darby

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Male Goldfinch, Battelle Darby Creek Prairie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Coneflowers, Battelle Darby Creek Prairie

Red Admiral Butterfly 1 080114 Battelle Darby cp1

Red Admiral, Battelle Darby Creek, (Donna)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Red Admiral, study 2, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Red Milkweed Beetle, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

 

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher 080114 Battelle Darby cp1

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, study 2, (Donna)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Blazing Star, Battelle Darby Creek Prairie

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting, Battelle Darby Creek Prairie, (Donna)

IMG_6897

Walking through the prairie, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

IMG_6893

Fungus, along the river, Battelle Darby Creek

Familiar Bluet male Damselfly 080114 Battelle Darby cp1

Familiar Bluet, Battelle Darby Creek Prairie, (Donna)

Tall Bellflower cluster 080114 Battelle Darby cp1

Tall Bellflower, Battelle Darby Creek, (Donna)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Giant Swallowtail, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Daddy Longlegs with prey, Battelle Darby Creek.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Silvery Checkerspot, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Spicebush Swallowtail, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Curious Cardinal, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Zabulon Skipper, Battelle Darby Creek

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Turtles, Big Darby Creek

IMG_6896

Prairie, Big Darby Creek Metro Park

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.

 

 

quercuscommunity

Life after the Care Farm

Out For 30

Exploring the world, 30 days at a time.

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Photos by Donna

It's all about the jouney.....not the destination!

Israel's Good Name

Voyages and Experiences in Israel

Israel's Good Name

Voyages and Experiences in Israel

Nareszcie urlop

English & Polish TravelBlog / Poland, Europe, the World

Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart

Insight, information, and inspiration for the inquisitive nature photographer

gordoneaglesham

The Wildlife in Nature

Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

Imagery of Light

Photography by Sheila Creighton

My Best Short Nature Poems

Ellen Grace Olinger

through the luminary lens

The sun is the great luminary of all life - Frank Lloyd Wright

talainsphotographyblog

Nature photography

Views From A Small Island

A photographic record of the everyday and the not so everyday life around the UK.

Mike Powell

My journey through photography

The Prairie Ecologist

Essays, photos, and discussion about prairie ecology, restoration, and management