Posted on August 16, 2018
Not that they aren’t seen earlier in the spring and summer but August does seem to be the time for butterflies. This year it’s been almost impossible to be out for any length of time without seeing a Monarch. In the late morning or afternoon small but beautiful Pearl Crescents make the shorter grass along the trail their playground. The beauty of some butterflies like the Giant Swallowtail is apparent to even a casual observer but others like the Buckeye reveal their beauty only after a closer look. Others like the hairstreaks are easy to miss altogether unless you know what to look for. The good news is that you don’t have to get up a the crack of dawn to see butterflies.
So below is a celebration of butterflies that have been seen in the last few weeks. Much of the credit must go to my wife who tirelessly pursues these usually unpredictable creatures until she gets the shot she wants while I often content myself to photographing the more predictable wildflowers.
Where there are butterflies and moths there are caterpillars and no one is better at spotting them than my wife.
We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge some of the birds that continue to charm us as we walk through the woods of central Ohio.
So what was I doing while my wife was taking so many excellent photographs in central Ohio? Fishing in Michigan of course.
If time spent in nature speaks to the essence of your being, your soul, you have riches greater than any material procession can offer. A wealth that grows in health, spirit, and the awareness of being part of the greater mystery. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Hiking in Ohio, Nature Photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Black Swallowtail, Brown-hooded Owlet, Buckeye, Canon 80D Tamrom 18-400, Cardinal Flower, Common Checkered Skipper, Cup Plant, Eastern Comma, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern-tailed Blue, False Dragonhead, Fringed Loosestrife, Gray Hairstreak, Gray Headed Cone flowers, Great Blue Lobelia, Hackberry Emperor, Indigo Bunting, Ironweed, Lizard's Tail, Meadow Fritillary, Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Monarch Butterfly, New England Aster, Orange Dog, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Pearl Crescent, Peck's Skipper, Red-spotted Purple, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Silver Spotted Skipper, Summer Azure, Sycamore Tussock Caterpillar, Tall Bellflower, Tall Blue Lettuce, Trumpet Flower, Virginia Knotweed, Wingstem, Woodland Sunflower, Zabulon Skipper, Zebra Swallowtail
Posted on July 12, 2017
It had been about a year since we visited Bigelow Cemetery State Nature Preserve and Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve , so we thought a road trip was in order to see what we might find in the way of insects and other wildlife. Last year we had seen a number of hummingbirds at Bigelow so we thought that might be the case again. Unlike Bigelow, which is a very small plot of native prairie, Big Darby Headwaters is a much larger area and one we have only begun to explore. Repeated visits throughout the year would be best to get to know and really appreciate these areas. We usually have to satisfy ourselves with less.
The first thing one notices upon arriving at Bigelow is how small it is, only about one half acre. The initial thought is that such a small area shouldn’t take long to explore. An hour and a half later we left and could have easily stayed longer if the Big Darby Headwaters had not beckoned. The number of living things in this small area compared to the surrounding farm field monoculture was mind boggling.
Having spent as much time as we thought we should at Bigelow, it was close to noon when we arrived at the Big Darby Headwaters. Usually not the best time of day to be out in nature.
Over the past few days there’s been no shortage of things to see closer to home.
Even in our backyard . . .
I continue to think about the diversity and abundance of life at Bigelow. It may be reasonable to expect that if such places were more numerous or extensive such diversity and abundance might not be as noticeable as the creatures observed there would have more options. However, forgetting for a moment the pollution of the air and water due to human activities, it’s still hard not to wonder about the long term sustainability of the planet when so much acreage has been, and continues to be, developed. Once developed it often becomes just another barren monoculture which at best grows crops that feed us or worse becomes another woods or meadow roofed over for industry, commerce, or shelter, or paved over so that we can drive or park our cars. While more far-reaching solutions are undoubtedly necessary, in the short term planting more wildflowers in lieu of maintaining an extensive lawn might be worth our consideration.
As always thanks for stopping by.
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Category: Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Nature Photography, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Wildflowers Tagged: Banded Longhorn Flower Beetle, Blue Bird, Calico Pennant, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Coneflower, Depford Pink, Eastern Amberwing, Four-toothed Mason Wasp, Gray Headed Cone flowers, Great Spangled Fritillary, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Jewelweed, Meadow Fritillary, Michigan Lily, Monarch Butterfly, Painted Lady, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Red Winged Blackbird, Royal Catchfly, Royal River Cruiser, Silver Spotted Skipper, Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Song Sparrow, Stink Bug, White Campion, White Tail Deer, Yellow Jacket Hover Fly
Posted on July 28, 2016
We’ve been busy documenting nature’s summer in central Ohio. If you are fascinated by insects this is your time of year but be prepared to look closely. The summer heat has done little to discourage the wildflowers which in a shout of color announce their presence. The below shots were taken along Griggs Reservoir and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I hope they put you in a summer kind of mood.
Hope you enjoyed this summer celebration of nature in central Ohio. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, fishing in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, kayak fishing, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: American Goldfinch, Barn Swallow, Biennial Gaura, Bison, Black Swallowtail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Catbird, Chicory, Coneflower, Cup Plant, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Pondhawk, Eastern Wood Pewee, Gray Headed Cone flowers, Great Blue Heron, Hackberry Emperor, Hairy Wood Mint, Halberd-leaved Rose-mallow, Hummingbird Moth, Least Skipper, Leopard Frog, Luna Moth, Mallard Ducklings, Milk Weed Beetle, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Peck's Skipper, Phlox, Rose Pink, Royal Catchfly, thistle, Widow Skimmer, Wild Lettuce, Wild Potato Vine, Wing Stem, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
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