Posted on October 9, 2016
Usually when we think of autumn color we’re thinking about leaves but recent outings in central Ohio have revealed that in the autumn color can come in many different shapes and sizes. The pictures below celebrate things we’ve seen in the last two weeks hiking and paddling. While peak color is still about two weeks away, it’s hard not to be charmed by the splashes of color amongst the predominately green landscape.
The green corridor along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River is still providing opportunities to view migrated birds as well as local residents.
. . . and plenty of insects, spiders, and flowers too!
Mudflats and logs exposed along Alum Creek due to slightly lower water levels provided an opportunity to see a few shorebirds.
The little bit of rain we’ve had recently brought out some fungi.
Unlike two or three weeks ago when there were Ospreys everywhere, when we paddling the north end of Alum Creek Reservoir last Thursday none were seen. However, there were a lot of cormorants and gulls.
As if sensing the warm weather won’t last forever . . .
The amount of insect activity we’ve seen in the last two weeks has been been truly amazing. We haven’t had our first frost yet so I’m sure a lot will change once that happens. Meanwhile we’ll continue to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek, Alum Creek Reservoir, Birding in Ohio, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Blue-fronted Dancer, Blue-headed Vireo, Calico Aster, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cape May Warbler, Carolina Wren, Common Checkered Skipper, Corn Earworm Moth, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Green Heron, Grey Hairstreak, Monarch Butterfly, Non-inky Coprinus, Northern Flicker, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Praying Mantis, Red-tailed Hawk, Solitary Sandpiper, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Variable Orb Weaver, Variegated Fritillary, Wandering Glider, Witches' Butter, Yellow-throated Vireo
Posted on March 7, 2015
The first stop on our recent trip to the American southwest was Tucson. The weather, when compared to Columbus Ohio in February, was perfect, 40’s during the night and mid 70’s during the day. Great for hiking and exploring nature. Our friends David and Joyce were gracious enough to let us stay with them while there, so no camping.
It take two and a half days of deliberate driving to get to Tucson from Columbus. Much of it is not that exciting so we tried books on tape but our selections weren’t any better than some of the scenery so we resorted to taking an informal survey of the birds of prey perched along the highway. One day we counted over 60, mostly Red tails.
Below is a photo collage of some of the things seen while we were in Tucson. Highlights were visits to Saguaro National Park, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, and Madera Canyon. If you enjoy the desert and biodiversity this is a great area with a greater variety of cactus than just about anywhere in the US.
For us the birds always seem to be the most exciting part of the adventure.
But we were pleasantly surprised by the flowers. A recent rain may have been responsible.
Of the plants, the cactus was by far the most interesting. Walking through the natural areas around Tucson was like walking through an arboretum.
When we don’t see a bird we might just see a butterfly.
Then there were a few other living things/critters that grabbed our attention.
Thanks for looking in.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Madera Canyon, Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Tucson Tagged: Amertican Snout, Anna's Hummingbird, Arizona Barrel Cactus, Black Swallowtail, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Black-throated Sparrow, Cactus Wren, Canon SX40, Cassin's Vireo, Christmas Cactus, Curved Billed Trasher, Desert Globe Mallow, Eagle claws Cactus, Gila Woodpecker, Grey Hairstreak, Gulf Fritillary, Ladder-backed woodpecker, Mexican Jay, New Mexico Groundsel, Organ Pipe Cactus, Painted Redstart, Panasonic FZ200, Phainopepla, Queen, Sabino Canyon, Saguaro Cactus, Sanat Cruz Beehive Cactus, Silver cholla, Sonoran Desert Tortise, Teddy Bear Cholla, Texan Cresent, Verdin
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