Posted on June 15, 2017
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.
It’s always nice when “the reptiles” decide to join the cast.
Still in “warbler mode” on a recent outing, we weren’t prepared for all the insects we would see.
Where there are bees and butterflies there will be wildflowers or maybe it’s the other way around.
While we were excited to see Prothonotary Warblers nesting so close to home there was no storage of other birds to fascinate.
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.
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Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Wildflowers Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Black-eyed Susan, bullfrog, Butterfly Weed, Cabbage White, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Canon 80D Sigma 150-500mm lens, Catbird, Chicory, Chipmunk, Daddy Longlegs, Day Lily, Depford Pink, Downy Woodpecker, Early Meadow Rue, Ebony Jewelwing, Eight-spotted Forester Moth, English Plantain, Familiar Bluet, Goats Beard, Green Bee, Hackberry Emperor, Hairy Wild Petunia, Killdeer, Large Lace-boarder Moth, Mallard Duck, Milkweed Beetle, Moth Mullien, Northern Flicker, Painted Lady, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Prothonotary Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Silver Spotted Skipper, Silvery Checkerspot, Spicebush Swallowtail, Thimbleweed, Viceroy, Virginia Ctenucha
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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