Posted on July 7, 2017
We continue to see Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and other birds in the parks near our home. However, this post celebrates the wildflowers, butterflies, and other insects seen recently.
When presented with two equally good photos, one of a bird and the other of a insect I usually find myself more attracted to the bird. It’s not to hard figure out why, a bird’s eye more closely resembles our own, they are vocal much like ourselves, and often seem to have better parenting skills than we do. The world of insects is not as easy to understand, and when it is, it can be annoying, destructive and sometimes even painful. When I was young, undoubtedly because I was much closer to the ground and spent a considerable amount of time outside, I had a greater curiosity about “bugs”. Now, years later, retired with more leisure time, my interest has been rekindled as I take a closer look at the plants and flowers that, to a large extent, comprise the insect’s world.
The flowers of early summer seem to do most of their celebrating in meadows and along roadsides. Some like Bee Balm and Jewelweed venture into the woods if sun light is available and Lazard’s Tail is never far from the water.
With coneflowers and milkweed in full bloom, insects seem to be everywhere. Many leaves, pristine and virgin a month ago, now soldier on with portions missing giving further evidence of the insect’s industry. Spiders and assassin bugs wait in ambush.
After the many years since my youth, when they were an almost integral part of each summer day, I’m again starting to “warm up” to the bugs. We don’t always understand each other and need to work on our communication skills, but I think there’s hope. However, one area that continues to be a challenge is their eyes. I’m okay until I take a picture and blow it up. That’s when I find my brain being stretched a bit, partly in awe, if I was a lot smaller it would be fear, but in any case all of the sudden these guys seem very different almost alien bringing back thoughts of 1950’s Sci-fi movies. Fortunately that’s when I catch myself, realizing that most of them bare me no ill intent.
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Category: butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Nature Photography, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, Wild flowers Tagged: Bee Balm, Black Swallowtail, Blue-fronted Dancer, Bumble Bee, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Cicada, Clymene Moth, Common Mullein, Common Wood Nymph, Eastern Amberwing, Eastern Pondhawk, Ebony Jewelwing, Emerald Jumper, Eyed Brown Butterfly, Gray-headed Cone Flower, Great Spangled Fritillary, Green Bee, Hairy Wood Mint, Jewelweed, Lazard's Tail, Little Wood Satyr, Meadow Fritillary, Northern Pearly-eye, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Pokeweed, Rattlesnake Master, Red Admiral, St John's Wort, Summer Azure, Swamp Milkweed, Wheel Bug, Widow Skimmer, Wild Potato Vine
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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