Posted on August 1, 2017
My wife had to carry most of the load in central Ohio over the past week or so while I was on my annual Michigan fishing trip. Based on the following pictures, many of which are hers, she had no trouble discovering things of interest.
First there were the birds, a few of which when captured in unusual or even comical poses. Some just a little different than the usual “mug” shot.
Sometimes a bird picture was obtained as my wife happened to look up as she studyed an interesting “bug” and there were apparently no shortage of those.
Summer flowers grace areas along the reservoir.
Finally a few pics from my fishing trip to the Rifle River Recreation Area. It always feels like a homecoming when I head north bringing back many fond childhood summer vacation memories. I always think I’ll take more pictures on this trip but it’s hard to wear two hats so I mostly just allow myself to be there and fish.
Each trip into nature marks the passing of time. Summer moves along, things seen are ever changing, birds fledge and mature under parent’s attentive care, caterpillars and butterflies continue their amazing dance of life, wildflowers and bees are ever present companions, by late July the days have grown noticeably shorter.
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Category: birding in central ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Michigan State Parks, Nature Photography, Ohio Insects, Ohio Nature, Paddling and Nature Photography, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: 2-marked Treehoppers, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Boneset, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Canon SX260, Cardinal Flower, Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Chipmunk, Clouded Sulphur, Common Loon, Eastern Phoebe, Eupatorium Borer Moth, Evening Primrose, Great Blue Heron, Green Bee, Green Heron, Milkweed Tossock Moth Caterpillar, Monarch Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, Monkey Flower, Northern Flicker, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Orange Sulfur, Orchard Orbweaver, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Robber Fly, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Sneeze Weed, Solitary Sand Wasp, Swamp Rose-Mallow, Sycamore Tussock Moth Catapillar, Tall Blue Lettuce, wasp, Wingstem, Yellow Jacket Hover Fly
Posted on September 20, 2014
Earlier this week we did another long paddle on Griggs Reservoir with the hope of seeing a Mink. We were encouraged by the fact that on two previous paddles we had seen them. I even brought my “Bird Camera” with the hopes of getting a decent picture. There is a lot of luck involved in getting a decent picture because unless they’re munching on something like a crayfish or similar delicacy they seldom stop moving.
With a slight wind at our back we had a pleasant paddle north following the shoreline of the long narrow reservoir. We did manage to see a Mink but true to form it left us no time for a picture. A little further north an Osprey was more cooperative.
It wasn’t too long before we reached the northernmost point of our paddle, a place we affectionately call the “Wetland Areas” because of their propensity to flood during high water. Their attraction is the fact that they’re usually a great place for viewing birds, insects, and other wildlife, as well as an excellent place to see wildflowers. In a secluded area I was able to get a shot of a group of immature Wood Ducks.
We beached the canoe and my wife took off in search for wild flowers while I tried unsuccessfully to catch a fish. While there we had hopped to see a few more birds, perhaps migrating warblers, or maybe even a Mink, but no such luck.
The wind was picking up out of the south so we reluctantly decided to start back before things got too “interesting”. We do a fair amount of cycling and often compare it to paddling. One gives you a good upper body workout and the other is great of your legs and lower body. But in the “doing” there is one big difference if you stop pedaling you just stop. If you stop paddling with the wind in your face you start going the wrong way! Hugging the shoreline as much as possible to stay out of the wind we made it back to our launch area without too much trouble.
But wouldn’t you just know it, near the end of our five mile return paddle, tired as we were, hugging the the wooded shore rewarded us with the sighted of an interesting bird! We entered a cove to investigate as a Black Crowned Night Heron watched from a distance. While I controlled the canoe my wife was able to get some serviceable pictures. How exciting, it wasn’t the a Mink but instead our first fall warblers of the year!
Fired up by our brief encounter with the warblers we spent the next few days exploring several areas along the Scioto River and were able to get more shots of birds, migrating or otherwise.
. . . as will as pictures of a few other interesting subjects.
The sultry days of summer are officially over. The warblers are back!
Category: butterflies, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Hoover Park, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, O'Shaughnessy Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wild flowers Tagged: American Redstart, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Buckeye, Cape May Warbler, Catbird, Clouded Sulfur, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Wood Pewee, Goldfinch, Gray Squirrel, Great Spangled Fruitillary, Mallard Ducks, Milkweed bugs, Monkey Flower, Osprey, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Solitary Sandpiper, Wilsons Warbler, Wood Ducks
Posted on August 8, 2014
I’m always amazed by the distance we have to travel before our brain gets reprogramed and starts to notice beauty that were it closer to home would be passed by unnoticed.
So in celebration of that which is easy to pass by, below is a collection of photos taken in the last week while walking in Griggs Park or along the Scioto River below the dam. All very close to home and within the city limits of Columbus. In addition a few were shots were taken while paddling the north end of Griggs Reservoir. From where we live it’s a mile and a half by land and five miles by water. In addition, a few pics were taken in our backyard.
Since we often see the beauty of a place defined by a landscapes rather than a close-up of a flower or bug, along with the bugs and flowers a few landscapes are included. Perhaps an effort on our part to capture the place in a way that speaks to our larger sensibilities. A way one might appreciate it if you were just out for a walk enjoying the day.
Category: birding in central ohio, butterflies, canoeing, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, fungus, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Blue Vervain, Canon D30, Canon G11, Canon SX260, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Comma, False Dragonhead, Green Heron, Groundnut, Hackberry Emperor, Monarch Butterfly, Monkey Flower, Olympus E620, Painted Turtle, Panasonic FZ-150, Red-spotted Purple, Spotted Sandpiper, Swamp Milkweed
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