Posted on October 26, 2016
At first I just thought it was a butterfly, catching a brightly colored object out of the corner of my eye as we finished a hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Almost instantly my wife cried out, “look at that huge spider!” and as I spun around for a better look, the breezy day caused a large female Marbled Orbweaver to swing over my head in a return arc. It would put The Flying Wallendas to shame as it gracefully went about it’s work suspended by “high wires” that were at times invisible. By the end of a walk not many birds had been seen, certainly nothing to get real excited abound, so the spider was a special treat and served as another example in nature of what for us has become a season of a little bit of this and that.
While our visit to Battelle Darby had been all about the spider a few days later and closer to home a bird we don’t see that often made an appearance.
Just as we finished enjoying the White-eyed Vireo a Bald Eagle was seen circling high over head. Not an every day occurrence within the city limits of Columbus and having seen the eagle we were a lot more excited than the below picture can possibly express.
and there were other birds:
Insects and other things:
The Ohio autumn landscape near our home continued to charm:
So letting go of expectations in recent days nature really has been a wonderful little bit of this and that. Thanks for stopping by. Should you wish, various prints from this and other posts may be purchased at Purchase a Photo. and Donna’s 2017 Birds of Griggs Park calendar is available at Calendar.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Fungi, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Bald Eagle, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Comma, Jerusalem artichoke, Marbled Orbweaver, Panasonic FZ200, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler
Posted on September 7, 2016
Late August isn’t usually when I think of seeing fall warblers in central Ohio. Although I’m sure that’s the result of a certain level of ignorance on my part. So not really expecting the warblers this early, most of our efforts in recent days have been spent looking for, and enjoying, the “bugs” that currently seem to be in their prime. What started as a way to say curious during the summer doldrums has now become a real goal of our explorations.
Whether a spider, butterfly, moth, bee, or dragonfly their unique beauty and behavior, so unlike our own, takes us into a truly different world. Fascinating as they are I wouldn’t want to return “in the next life” as an insect. The dragonfly is too efficient and maneuverable a flying machine bringing a quick end to anything flying nearby that it considers a meal. The life cycle of many wasps requires that caterpillars become live hosts for their larva. A convenient meal for the future wasps but undoubtedly not a pleasant experience for the caterpillar. A garden spider quickly dispatches and gift wraps a careless fly in silk for later consumption. And just when you think your the biggest, baddest, “bug” around, a bird comes along. I could go on but it is sufficient to say, it’s not for me.
It’s not as if there haven’t been birds around. Sometimes, in our quest for insects, we get so engaged in looking down we forget to look up! The Osprey was discovered as we were looking for warblers and provided many great poses as he devoured a fish just two of which are shown below.
. . . and then there were the warblers, always more seen than successfully photographed.
When in nature take a moment to enjoy the whole, allowing yourself just to be.
With the fall migration just getting started we’re looking forward to what will be seen in the coming weeks.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek State Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, nature, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River Tagged: American Redstart, Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Black and White Warbler, Bumble Bee, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cape May Warbler, Clouded Sulphur, Funnel Weaver Grass Spider, Grasshopper, Great Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Katydid, Marbled Orbweaver, Mayfly, Monarch Butterfly, Northern Flicker, Osprey, Panasonic FZ200, Pelecinid Wasp, Praying Mantis, Question Mark, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, Spotted Orbweaver, Triangle-bearing Orbweaver, Variegated Fritillary, Walnut Caterpiller, wasps, Yellow-throated Warbler
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