Posted on May 19, 2016
There may be a few birds that are easier to see from a canoe but for us the real reason for using one is that we enjoy messing around in small boats and it does offer a unique perspective on the landscape. The north end of Alum Creek reservoir in central Ohio is a beautiful place to explore. With an endless number of coves you never know what you’ll discover so there’s always anticipation. On the down side, while using binoculars to observe birds is usually not too difficult, taking acceptable pictures is another story as holding the camera steady while you and everything else is moving is almost impossible. The stronger the breeze the greater the challenge so often when we’re in the canoe my wife becomes the photographer and I handle the boat.
The following celebrates a recent adventure on the reservoir:
We often direct our gaze upward as we follow the shoreline.
While enjoying the birds, out of the corner of our eye we noticed a flowering plant unlike anything we recalled seeing before. So often when we discover a “new to us” plant it turns out to be invasive but that was not the case with this one.
Looking up isn’t always necessary, down lower a few birds and turtles also cooperated for the camera.
Other plants also fascinated.
In addition to the birds and fascinating plants my wife spotted this small butterfly.
Did I say Alum Creek Reservoir is a beautiful place? It is, but the dark side is that there’s a lot of thrash.
But ending on a more upbeat note:
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek, Alum Creek Reservoir, Birding in Ohio, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Corn Salad, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Spiny Softshell, Limber Honeysuckle, Map Turtle, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Pileated Woodpecker, Prothonotary Warbler, Pussytoes, Red-tailed Hawk, Spotted Sandpiper, Wood Duck
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