Posted on October 8, 2017
Most of the time it’s nice to have a central theme. However, for the most part, this post just meanders through early autumn and celebrates the time of year in some of our central Ohio parks. I continue to enjoy shooting a portion of my photos with a Sony A7, adapter, and legacy Canon FD lenses. It’s nice to have so much control over depth of field. My wife is ever on the lookout for things small, be it insects or details that charm in the fall foliage.
Monarchs continue to work their way south while a few late summer buckeyes, having made their way to central Ohio, enchant. Painted Ladies and Viceroys also continue to be seen. Are Painted Ladies more beautiful with wings closed or open?
There still may be time before the first hard frost results in an abrupt end to most of the current insect activity. Katydids and crickets that so willingly provide the late summer soundtrack for our outdoor adventures will fall silent. The purpose of their time here will emerge next spring and take up the charge as the dance of death and life continues. Meanwhile as autumn moves on we continue to enjoy their life.
Recently we were fascinated by an immature Red-tailed Hawk that posed to have it’s picture taken and then decided to fly into a nearby tree in an attempt to extract a meal from a squirrels nest. It did succeed in arousing the occupants but standing on top of the nest it was no match for them as they circled and sprang from branch to branch until they were out of harms way.
With the days now much shorter, other creatures seem to sense that colder weather is just around the corner as they enjoy the morning sun or in the case of the squirrels and chipmunks busy themselves collecting stores for winter.
Asters and other late summer flowers now compete with leaves for the seasons beauty.
We often journey into nature equipped with expectations, perhaps it’s seeing a certain bird, insect, or wildflower, but the key to the magic may be to let go, allowing each day, each season, to speak in it’s own voice.
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Category: birding in central ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Insects, Ohio Nature, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Buckeye, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Canon SX260, Chipmunk, Eastern Pondhawk, Eastern-tailed Blue, Evening Primrose, Groundhog, Long Horned Beetle, Milkweed, Nodding-bur Marigold, Painted Lady, Painted Turtle, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Red Squirrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Scarlet and Green Leaf Hopper, Sony A7 28mm Canon FD, Viceroy, Widow Skimmer
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