Posted on December 31, 2017
The last day of 2017, what better time to stop for a moment and reflect back to the wonders of nature seen in central Ohio in the past year.
Looking at the landscape as we walked along the Scioto River yesterday it’s hard to believe it’s the same place. Very cold weather has made the river below the dam one of the few stretches of open water that waterfowl can now call home.
As always, thanks for stopping by and have a Happy New Year!
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature Tagged: American Robin, Bald Eagle, Baltimore Oriole, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Buckeye, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Cardinal Flower, Caspian Tern, Catbird, Chicory, Cliff Swallow, Common Checkered Skipper, Common Loon, Giant Swallowtail, Golden Crown Kinglet, Gray Squirrel, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Hooded Mergansers, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, mink, Monarch Butterfly, Northern Water Snake, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Prothonotary Warbler, Red Admiral, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-spotted Purple, Ring-necked Ducks, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Scarlet Tanager, Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar, Tufted Titmouse, Turkey, Turtlehead, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow-collared Scape Moth, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
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.
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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
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