Posted on June 11, 2020
At first, as we looked across the river, there appeared to be a Double-crested Cormorant hanging around with a bunch of turtles. But a closer look revealed that one turtle didn’t resemble the others. The others, Northern Map Turtles, were almost too many to count. The unique turtle was a Spiny Softshell Turtle which, while not uncommon, can’t compete with the map turtle when it comes to shear numbers in central Ohio.
As opposed to just two weeks ago, the brilliantly colored male Baltimore Orioles are much harder to spot with trees leafed out. However, one obliged by landing on the exposed branches of a nearby sycamore.
We’ve transitioned from spring to early summer wildflowers. Two of my favorites, both anemones are Canada Anemone and Thimbleweed. The Spiderwort was photographed in bright late morning sunlight, not the best conditions, but the dark background made it work. The flower of the ninebark is amazingly beautiful considering the plant’s rather ordinary name.
Along the reservoir small regular waves under overhanging branches create a fascinating pattern of reflections.
Sometimes just an inadvertent glace in a direction not planned draws one into an adventure of unexpected wonder.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Canada Anemone, Canon 80D Tamron 100-400mm, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Spiny Softshell, Foxglove Beardtongue, Map Turtle, Ninebark Flower, Panasonic FZ200, Raspberry Flower, Spiderwort, Thimbleweed
Posted on September 16, 2019
After not picking up a paddle for over a month, having been otherwise occupied exploring the American west, the canoe moved slowly. We were pushing southward into a gusting breeze and hugging the shaded shore on the east side of the reservoir as we made our way back to the launch site. A planned “out and back” six mile paddle had turned into eight, sometimes being out in nature is that way. It was an unusually warm sunny September day so the breeze felt good even though it strained our muscles and meant the return leg would take longer.
Preoccupied with our halting progress we were surprised by an immature Black-crowned Night Heron as it took flight from a shoreline tree and quickly crossed the narrow reservoir. It’s a bird we had hoped to see as it had not been a good year for sightings on the reservoir. So altering course, we headed to the place where it appeared to have landed. It had positioned itself well into it’s intended destination, and while we did confirm it’s identity, wind, obstructing branches, and bad light made a photo impossible. Sometimes a photographer must celebrate the bird in words only.
However, the morning into early afternoon paddle on the very quiet reservoir did reward us. It was nice being home, experiencing what we think of as our own special place in nature. No long drives required to enjoy a quiet autumn day on Griggs Reservoir.
We pull out near Hayden Run Falls to stretch our legs. With the recent lack of rain, the falls were more of a trickle.
North of the Hayden Run bridge we continued to see wildlife.
A few Map Turtles were seen, no Eastern Spiny Softshells or Snappers, but this large Painted Turtle really stood out.
It’s easy to “throw the switch” in autumn and move on to other things, leaving nature until next spring. But don’t do it, there are always treasures to be found.
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Category: canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature, Wildflowers Tagged: American Cardinal, Belted Kingfisher, Black and Yellow Lichen Moth, Double-crested Cormorant, False Dragonhead, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Painted Turtle, Spotted Sandpiper, Wolf Spider
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