Turtles and Trout Lilies

I must confess that on a recent urban hike down to the Scioto River and Griggs Reservoir I was so enraptured by the beauty and warmth of the spring day that I had a hard time taking pictures. I just wanted to be not do.

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Fortunately my wife wasn’t as seriously affected and managed to get some lovely shots of Trout Lilies among other things.

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Bird wise, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen but were either uncooperative or two far away for a picture that would do them justice. Yellow Throated Warblers were heard signing their hearts out in the top of Sycamores but they weren’t moving making them hard to locate.

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Below are a few of the things seen:

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White Trout Lilies in full bloom, (Donna)

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A close up, (Donna)

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They get their name for their leaves that reminded someone of a Brown trout, (Donna)

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They weren’t everywhere but where they were it was a real celebration, (Donna)

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A Robin poses for my wife

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The Cut-leaf Toothwort was making a good showing.

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Another view showing it’s leaves.

 

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A Red-bellied Woodpecker seems to almost land on my wife’s head, (Donna)

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Looking rather strange, Dryad’s Saddle emerges

 

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Eastern Comma enjoys the spring sun, (Donna)

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Several Flickers were seen.

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It’s a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, honest!

 

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A lone Map Turtle enjoys the warm sun.

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While across the river several have found the perfect log, (Donna)

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A male Goldfinch sums up the day, (Donna).

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Thanks for stopping by.

Autumn Walks

We walk along Griggs Reservoir almost every day. Lately, bright and sunny may give way to a day that is cloudy and overcast with just a bit of rain. This autumn we’ve been looking closer as every day brings small changes to the canvas. Each with it’s own unique light revealing extravagant color or subtle beauty. The celebration is sometimes very close, perhaps right at your feet as a colorful leaf comes to rest in a puddle, or further away as nearby bare branches turn colors on the opposite shore into stained glass.

In the last week, whether walking or paddling, Osprey can be seen overhead. Soon they will be heading south. Starlings are seen in tree tops. Were they there before and just not noticed? Wood Ducks, Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes have been more common. Passing through from points north no doubt. We’ve had to content ourselves with a few sightings of Yellow Rumped warblers to get our fall warbler fix.

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Patterns in color, Griggs Park

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Morning sun, Griggs Park

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Morning sun just reaching the opposite shore, Griggs Park

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Branches, color, reflection on a cloudy day, Griggs Park

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Branches, color, reflection, study 2, Griggs Park

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Cardinal with red leaves, Griggs Park

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Cardinal, study 2, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Red leaves without the Cardinal, Griggs Park

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Treetop Starlings, Griggs Park

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Autumn sun on leaves, Scioto River below Griggs Reservoir

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A song that makes one smile, Song Sparrow, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Leaf, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Still plenty of Great Blue Herons along the reservoir, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Fall fungus, Dryad’s Saddle, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Recent rains have brought color to lichen, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Yellow-rumped Warbler, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Autumn on a stump, Griggs Park

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Leaves caught by a shaft of sunlight, Griggs Park

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Park path, Griggs Park

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From a recent rain, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Northern Flicker, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Fallen leaves line the park road, Griggs Park

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Reflections and fallen leaves, Griggs Park

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Oak leaves, Griggs Park

Early Autumn Notebook

The last several days have been beautiful. Clear skies, cool nights and comfortable days with very little wind. Certainly something to remember, especially three months from now.

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When the weather is this nice you certainly want to put it to good use. With that in mind we’ve enjoyed paddling with friends on Griggs Reservoir and have also spent some time in Griggs Park as well as Prairie Oaks and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park looking for migrating birds. We haven’t seen as many warblers as we were expecting but other birds and the hint of fall colors have made up for it.

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When you’re paddling the shoreline of a lake or walking in the woods on a trail that for a time may follow a quiet a stream, there’s always the possibility that you’ll see something totally unexpected and more beautiful than you could ever imagine.

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A quiet morning, Griggs Reservoir

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A Painted Turtle enjoys the autumn sun, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

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A Mallard on Griggs Reservoir

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Autumn colors on Griggs Reservoir

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Reflections, Griggs Reservoir

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Paddling, Griggs Reservoir

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A Blue Bird enjoys the autumn sun, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Just a hint of fall color on the opposite shore, Griggs Reservoir

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Downy Woodpecker, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Griggs Reservoir, looking south.

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Along the park road, Griggs Park

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Mallards, Griggs Reservoir.

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Coopers Hawk, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

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Fall colors, Griggs Park

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My favorite stump, Griggs Park

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The Big Darby, Prairie Oaks Metro Park

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Dryad’s Saddle, Prairie Oaks

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Early autumn sky, Prairie Oaks Metro Park

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Least Flycatcher, Griggs Reservoir, (Donna)

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Mushroom Family, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna)

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A Great Blue Heron watches during a paddle on Griggs Reservoir

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Chipping Sparrow, Griggs Park

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Eastern Wahoo, Griggs Park

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Painted Lady, Prairie Oaks, (Donna)

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Painted Lady, Prairie Oaks Metro Park

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Asters in early morning light, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

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Blue Lettuce, Griggs Reservoir, (Donna)

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Female Magnolia warber, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Griggs Park

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Chipping Sparrow, Griggs Park

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American Toad, Battelle Darby Metro Park, (Donna)

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Walking by a pond, Prairie Oaks Metro Park

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