Posted on April 27, 2017
It was a beautiful day for a hike at Highbanks Metro Park with friends. Warblers were our main objective but no doubt there would be other things to fascinate if the warblers decided not to cooperate.
One of those things turned out to be concretions. We’ve hiked and explored High Banks for years but one thing we’ve never noticed are the concretions that exist along creek bottoms in the park. This partly due to the fact that they are not visible from the main trail and generally we avoid going off trail so as to not damage the landscape which, as is the case with most metro parks, is easily overrun. In this particular case we wondered why there was a worn path leading off the main trail so we decided to follow it for awhile.
According Wikipedia, “A concretion is a hard, compact mass of matter formed by the precipitation of mineral cement within the spaces between particles, and is found in sedimentary rock or soil. Concretions are often ovoid or spherical in shape, although irregular shapes also occur. Concretions form within layers of sedimentary strata that have already been deposited. They usually form early in the burial history of the sediment, before the rest of the sediment is hardened into rock. This concretionary cement often makes the concretion harder and more resistant to weathering than the host stratum.”
After the fascination of the concretions we decided to wander down the trail and see what warblers we might find.
While not warblers, we hadn’t gone far when several Ruby-crowned Kinglets appeared in low lying bushes and weren’t shy about displaying their ruby crowns. They weren’t as good about sitting still of a picture. Along the Olentangy River Yellow-throated Warblers could be heard but not seen high in the Sycamores.
Other birds were more cooperative.
As is often the case in the spring if one thing eludes there are always other things to enjoy. On this particular day it was trilliums many of which had turned pink as well as the many other wildflowers.
There were also nice groupings . . .
and phlox trillium bouquets.
Other types of trilliums were also seen.
May Apples were starting to bloom.
Other flowers, some not real common on central Ohio, were also seen.
To one that is so inclined, time spent in nature feeds the soul. In spring the uninterrupted songs of the various birds as they go about their day is sublime even when they remain unseen. The air seems especially fragrant and pure. The still deep blue sky frames the translucent green of the immerging overhead leaves. Flowers grace the forest floor with their varied and unique loveliness.
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Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Highbanks Metro Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Concretions, Corn Salad, Dames Rocket, Dogwood, Eastern Phoebe, Field Sparrow, Goldenseal, Gray Squirrel, Large-flowered Trillium, Mayapple, Nodding Trillium, Panasonic FZ150, Panasonic FZ200, Philadelphia Fleabane, Purple Cress, Red Winged Blackbird, Solomon's Seal, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow, Wild Geranium
Posted on April 25, 2015
After the better part of five hours and seven miles we were back at our starting point, the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park’s visitor center parking lot. Tired, but so much richer for our effort. Below is a partial record of things seen on this beautiful late April day.
From a distance the woods were just starting to green with the colors of bare branches still prominent.
The hope was to photograph some spring warblers and other spring migrants. While we did see Yellow-rumped and Northern Parula’s and Eastern Towhee’s in the tree tops or thick brush none would pose for us. However the wildflowers more than made up for our lack of success with the birds.
The wildflowers encircled numerous seasonal pools and wet areas.
Not far from the visitor center Donna investigated a wetland area.
We were able to photograph a few birds during the day.
A Red Squirrel watches as we look at trilliums.
When not looking at the wildflowers the Big Darby was there to appreciate.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature Tagged: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Canon G11, Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Celandine or Wood Poppy, Goldenseal, Jack in The Pulpit, Jacobs Ladder, Large Flowered Bellwort, Leopard Frog, Mallard Duck, Panasonic FZ200, Ragwort, Red Winged Blackbird, Trillium, Tufted Titmouse
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