Posted on July 26, 2015
With the amount of rain we’ve had recently it seemed like a great time to visit Clear Creek Metro Park to see what fungi might be making an appearance. The park is unique, located about fifty miles southeast of Columbus in an area where the last glaciers stopped their southward advance. It’s 5,300 acres of woods, sandstone cliffs, ravines, and creeks are home to hemlocks, oaks, and hickory. As we left Columbus we were hoping to discover some things not seen closer to home.
It was still early when we arrived and everything was wet from a recent rain. The air was cool but the humidity was very high. Given these conditions, we were drenched in perspiration for most of our five mile hike, with glasses and viewfinders fogging up every time we attempted to take a photograph. On this particular day, it was the price of admission.
Interestingly, the first thing seen was lichen growing on the roof of a visitor information board not far from where we parked.
Leaving the lichen, we began a rather steep assent into the woods and immediately started seeing fungi. This continued throughout our hike of the Creekside Meadows, Fern, and Cemetery Ridge trails. Seeing so many unfamiliar fungi, the challenge soon became one of trying to figure out we were looking at.
As if all the fungi were not enough, wildflowers were also making their presence known.
. . . and while not flowers, pretty nonetheless.
Given that flowers and many other plants were in abundance, butterflies and moths were easy to spot.
While not our main objective, we did hear a lot of birds and even managed to see a few.
At the end of our hike, we were in awe of the things seen. Many were first’s for us in Ohio. It had been a magical day.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Clear Creek Metro Park, fungus, nature, outdoors, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: Apricot Jelly, Berkeley's Polypore, Boletes Family, British Soldier Lichen, Brown Thrasher, Chanterelles, Coral Mushroom, Crowded Parchment, Downey Rattlesnake-plantain, Downey Skullcap, Eastern Wood Pewee, False Coral, Great Spangled Fruitillary, Hooded Warbler, Hummingbird Moth, Jellied False Coral, Lepiota, Oswego Tea, Panasonic FZ200, Panther Mushroom, Pink Polypore, Pipevine Swallowtail, Powder-cap Amanita, Red-belted Polypore, Rosy Russula, Spiderwort, Starry Campion, Tufted Collybia, Tufted Titmouse, Turkey Tail, Woodland Sunflower
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