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 little more than
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
Posted on November 19, 2015
In central Ohio it’s the time of the year when finding subjects that inspire a photograph can be a bit of a challenge. Contemplating a paddle in November, given a suitable day, usually means we’re thinking more about getting exercise than about the birds or other wildlife we might see. But if we happen upon something interesting, such as migrating waterfowl, so much the better. Such was the case a few days ago on Griggs Reservoir.
As we paddled, it wasn’t long before we did spot waterfowl.
A solitary Pie-billed Grebe also makes an appearance
Not to be completely upstaged by the “ducks”, two hawks watch as we glide by.
A few days after our paddle, we wanted to get out of the house and enjoy a little nature before a prediction for cold and rainy weather went into effect. Since we weren’t sure when the rain would arrive we decided to travel the short distance to Griggs Park which borders the reservoir and the Scioto River. It was a cloudy/partly sunny day starting out, but the wind, warning of weather soon to change, was strong. Given the conditions, expectations weren’t high.
The good news; even on a windy day there’s something to see.
But we had a slightly different priority for this particular day’s walk. During a recent trip we had noticed that along the river below the dam a secluded area in the woods had been commandeered for drinking and perhaps other things. A “hideout” had been fashioned out of available limbs and branches. Based on the accumulation of beer cans, other trash, and the existence of old wood furniture, it appeared that the area was being used on a regular basis. Since the surrounding area, while not a formal park space, is used by numerous people, along with their kids, for walking, exploring, birding, fishing, etc., the hideout had the potential to grow into a real problem. So, with the necessary tools and determination, the area was dismantled and the trash removed. Being a natural area in the middle of the city there is no illusion of permanency but at least for a while the “hideout” is gone.
But the task was not accomplished before an overhanging branch came into contact with the top of my head. Ouch!!! So the real point to this story is not the remediation of the area but the fact that I’m a bit superstitious. You see, normally when I do a good deed, picking up a discarded soda can here or a fast food wrapper there, I imagine good luck will follow. Perhaps we’ll see an unusual bird or something. With that in mind, after my painful encounter with the branch, and with my head still throbbing, I was hoping for something really spectacular.
Amazingly enough as we continued south along the river, it wasn’t long before we heard two birds carrying on quite a conversation . . .
a pair of Bald Eagles!
. . . and they appeared to be working on a nest!
So as I finish this post, I’m still excited about the eagles and my head has actually stopped throbbing. It remains to be seen if their efforts at nesting will be successful. While the area around the nest tree isn’t easily accessible, it also isn’t the quietist, and is certainly not remote. But what a treat, and as we often like to say when something of wonder is seen near home, “right within the city limits of Columbus”!
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Griggs Reservoir, nature, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River Tagged: Bald Eagle, Coopers Hawk, Eastern Wahoo, Panasonic FZ200, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring Billed Gulls, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wood Duck
Posted on September 28, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Hiking in Ohio, Ohio Nature, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, waterfowl, Wild flowers Tagged: American Toad, Blue Bird, Chipping Sparrow, Coopers Hawk, Dryad's Saddle, Eastern Wahoo, Great Blue Heron, Least Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Painted Lady, Painted Turtle
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