Posted on July 14, 2015
Most of the pictures in this post are a result of my wife’s skill, tenacity, patience, and love of the small creatures that grace nature in central Ohio and so often go unnoticed. It wasn’t that long ago that I thought of insects as second class citizens. Wouldn’t you rather look at or take a picture of a warbler? Okay, many insects are essential to natures food chain, many are important for pollination, surprisingly few actually “Bug” us, but some are also amazing to watch.
We hope you enjoy the following pictures and that you’ll also be excited to take a closer look. But be forewarned that unlike a beautiful sunset, a mountain landscape, or the spontaneous smile of a small child, these marvels must be pursued with intention to fully appreciate their wonder.
Right in our backyard:
Not far from our backyard along Griggs Reservoir.
A very small butterfly.
A moth, really? Judging from the number of pictures taken just to get a few good ones, it’s safe to say we got pretty excited. Not an uncommon moth but not often seen.
Black-eyed Susan’s in Griggs Park.
Near waters edge, Griggs Reservoir.
A wasp and a fly.
Another moth, is it really?
Other butterflies seen.
Last and in this case least, a very small moth.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, Moths, Ohio Nature, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: Black Swallowtail, Black-eyed Susan, Blue Vervain, Cup Plant, Ebony Jewelwings, Hummingbird Moth, Least Skipper, Olympus E620 70-300 mm, Orange Mint Moth, Panasonic FZ200, Powdered Dancer, Red Admiral, Silver Spotted Skipper, Stream Bluet, Summer Azure, Thick-headed Fly, Virginia Ctenucha
Posted on July 22, 2014
The last couple of weeks we’ve done a few walks and paddles. Along the way we’ve managed to take pictures of some of the insects that might be seen if one ventures into the woods, or unto rivers and lakes in central Ohio this time of year.
To be honest; I get a little more excited about the opportunity to photograph a Mink, Bald Eagle, or Blackburnian Warbler. Looking at the following images it’s hard to understand exactly why that is. I guess it’s understandable that we might have a greater sense of kinship with feathery fury things than something with an exoskeleton. Certainly if we think of a Common Sanddragon the same way we do a mosquito the dragonfly doesn’t stand a chance. How many of us have been out photographing mosquitoes lately. It goes without saying that when we consider how a dragonfly makes it’s living it’s significances, as well as that of all the smaller insects it feeds upon, become much more apparent.
So having decided to quit disrespecting the “bugs” we find ourselves making more of an effort to learn about them. However, having made such a commitment there’s always the chance that after we’ve spent quality time observing, photographing, and being fascinated by the behavior of an insect like a dragonfly, a sense of kinship may develop where there was none before. Not long after that, down the trail, we might see a Great Crested Flycatcher enjoying one for breakfast. If it hadn’t happened already, at that moment, courtesy of the flycatcher, our perspective changes, an unavoidable sense of remorse may ensue, the dragonfly no longer seems like “just another bug”.
Category: butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park Tagged: Band-winged Meadowhawk, Blue-fronted Dancer, Blue-ringed Dancer, Buckeye, Calico Pennant, Canon G11, Common Sanddragon, Eastern Amberwing, Eastern Comma, Eastern Pondhawk, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Ebony Jewelwings, Hummingbird Moth, Olympus E620, Panasonic FZ-150, Powdered Dancer, Red Admiral, Red-spotted Purple, Silver Spotted Skipper, Viceroy, Widow Skimmer
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