Autumn’s Little Bit of This and That

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.

img_1593c-2

A Marbled Orbweaver gathers it’s web for reuse, about an inch an a half across, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

p1400689fix

Another look, the two black dots are it’s eyes, (Donna).

.

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.

p1140068fixbright

White-eyed Vireo, Griggs Park.

p1140100

Another look.

p1140114

Take three.

p1400832fix

My what white eyes you have, (Donna).

.

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.

p1140133

Way too high for a good pic, Griggs Park.

.

and there were other birds:

p1400297

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Griggs Park, (Donna)

p1400497

Male Downy, Griggs Park, (Donna)

p1400845

Male Eastern Bluebird, Griggs Park, (Donna).

p1400868

Another view, (Donna)

.

Insects and other things:

p1140025fix

Bumblebee on Jerusalem Artichoke, one of the last wildflowers of fall, Griggs Park.

img_1580

There continue to be sightings of Eastern Commas, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

p1400568

Very small emergent fungi, Griggs Park, (Donna).

p1400640

Unidentified tree fungi or who nailed those shells to that tree? Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, (Donna).

.

The Ohio autumn landscape near our home continued to charm:

 

p1130992fix

Tree roots along the Scioto, Griggs Park.

p1140012fix

Moss and leaves, Griggs Park.

p1140014

Autumn along the Scioto, Griggs Park.

p1140017fix

Fallen leaves along the Scioto below Griggs Dam.

.

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.

Late Summer Magic; Insects and Fall Warblers

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.

p1130198use

Praying Mantis in our backyard garden. They’ve been observed catching unsuspecting humming birds that get a little too close.

p1130187use

A closer look, this is one insect that has no trouble holding on to it’s meal!

p1130223

Iron weed and a Clouded Sulfur, flowers upon flowers, north end of Griggs Reservoir.

p1130233

Wasps making baby wasps, Prairie Oaks Metro Parks.

p1130246

Pelecinid Wasp, Prairie Oaks Metro Park

p1130269

Monarch, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

 

p1130293

Question Mark, Prairie Oaks Metro Park.

p1130337-2

Spotted Orbweaver, Griggs Park

p1130340fix

Triangle-bearing Orbweaver (very small), Griggs Park

p1130345

Very small Mayfly close to the water, Griggs Park

p1360326

Funnel Weaver Grass Spider, (Donna)

p1360391

Bumble bee, (Donna).

p1360404

Overhead view of a Katydid, (Donna)

p1360609

Walnut Caterpillar, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna)

p1360619

Marbled Orbweaver, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna)

p1360638

Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, (Donna)

p1360858

Unidentified fly, Griggs Park, (Donna)

p1360870-2

Mayfly, Griggs Park, (Donna)

p1360878

Grasshopper, Griggs Park, (Donna)

p1360885

Spotted Orb Weaver (underside), Griggs Park, (Donna)

p1370041

Variegated Fritillary, Griggs Park, (Donna)

.

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.

img_5866

Osprey with fish, Kiwanis Riverway Park.

img_5880

Take two.

img_5831

Northern Flicker, finally managed to get an image which shows off most of it’s distinctive markings, Kiwanis Riverway Park

img_5836

Great Crested Flycatcher, Kiwanis Riverway Park.

img_5924-2

Red-bellied Woodpeckers, adult and immature, Griggs Park

p1010751use

Great Blue Heron and nest, north end of Griggs Reservoir. This is special because it’s the first nest I’ve noticed at that area in some time.

.

.   .   .  and then there were the warblers, always more seen than successfully photographed.

p1360917-2

Black and White, Griggs Park

img_5973

Yellow-throated, Griggs Park.

img_5985-2

American Redstart, 1st year, Griggs Park.

p1360958

From a different angle, (Donna)

p1360813

Cape May, Griggs Park, (Donna)

img_6000-2

Immature Red-eyed Vireo, Griggs Park

.

When in nature take a moment to enjoy the whole, allowing yourself just to be.

p1130229

Kiwanis Riverway Park.

.

With the fall migration just getting started we’re looking forward to what will be seen in the coming weeks.

.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ohio History & Travel

You can find a rich experience close to home.

Into the Light Adventures

By Sandra Js Photography - Make the rest of your life the best of your life.

piecemealadventurer

Tales of the journeys of a piecemeal adventurer as a discontinuous narrative

Photos by Donna

Sharing My Passion of Birds and Wildlife

Londonsenior

The life of an elderly Londoner and her travels.

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Eloquent Images by Gary Hart

Insight, information, and inspiration for the inquisitive nature photographer

gordoneaglesham

The Wildlife in Nature

Through Open Lens

Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography

My Best Short Nature Poems

Ellen Grace Olinger

through the luminary lens

The sun is the great luminary of all life - Frank Lloyd Wright

talainsphotographyblog

Nature photography

Mike Powell

My journey through photography

The Prairie Ecologist

Essays, photos, and discussion about prairie ecology, restoration, and management

Lightscapes Nature Photography Blog

Kerry Mark Leibowitz's musings on the wonderful world of nature photography

Montana Outdoors

A weblog dedicated to the world outside the cities.

Cat Tales

Mike and Lori adrift