Posted on September 23, 2018
In central Ohio it’s not quite autumn but with daylight too quickly losing the battle to the setting sun it would be hard, even on a warm day, to mistake it for summer. Plants, animals, insects, weather, and daylight are all in all in a state of flux. It’s as though we’re passing through on our way to somewhere else, to a place that’s easier to put a label on. It’s hard to bring oneself to the realization that present forms of life are dying but such an awareness is inescapable as one walks through the woods. It is a season of paradox as late summer and fall wildflowers arrive doing their best to announce the autumnal fireworks to follow.
Caterpillars active just a few weeks ago have disappeared in preparation to reintroduce themselves next year in a new perhaps more beautiful form. Highlighted by the early morning dew, spider webs are everywhere often to the detriment of passing grasshoppers which seem more plentiful now. Other insects continue to make their daily rounds without the urgency of the squirrels which all seem to have a nut in their mouth. An occasional migrating warbler is seen making its way south while blue jays and crows are noticed more often just passing through while others have undoubtedly taken up residence for the winter.
Unlike summer, with days that change little from one to the next, it’s a time of year that assigns value to what we have and blesses us with a feeling of gratitude for what soon will be lost.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Nature Photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Wildflowers Tagged: Banded Garden Spider, Bay Breasted Warbler, Goldenrod, Killdeer, Monarch Butterfly, Morning Glory, New England Aster, Nodding-bur Marigold, Question Mark, Tree Swallow, Viceroy, Violet, Widow Skimmer
Posted on June 16, 2018
It was a quiet morning at Griggs Reservoir Park with little wind and an overcast sky that threatened rain making it almost too dark for pictures. The kind of day one pretty much has the whole park to themself. My pessimism about what would be seen, much less photographed, was reflected in my selection of cameras as I contented myself just with a Panasonic FZ200 superzoom accompanied by a pair of binos, my wife expressed her optimism by taking a bird camera.
With the absence of traffic both in the park and on the reservoir, normally wary and prone to flight Great Blue Herons were content to stay on shoreline perches as we walked by. Other birds also seemed less prone to flight as we got close.
Even with the dullness of the morning the unmistakable fire orange of a noisy Baltimore Oriole caught our eye as it streaked by on it way to a nearby tree. Taking a closer look through dense leaf cover revealed an almost completely hidden nest. Suspended by next winter’s bare branches what remained would be easy to spot.
My wife looked ever closer in an effort to see a “new to her” insect or spider. Life that most of us walk right by.
Seemingly unabated, wildflowers continue their march through the year. Those that greeted us just a few weeks ago are gone but new ones have taken their place. On a sunny day they speak in a bright and joyful voice so it seems counterintuitive that the best time to photograph them is usually on overcast days. No blown out highlights, deep shadow values, and more saturated colors.
It never did rain and as our longer than expected time in the park came to a close so did the time for taking a “closer look” and for reflection. As is often the case when in nature we left much richer than when we came.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Baltimore Oriole, Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Barn Swallow, Black-eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Canada Anemone, Canada Thistle, Daisy Fleabane, Female Amberwing Dagonfly, Gray Tree Frog, Horse Nettle, Immature Hooded Merganser, Katydid, Morning Glory, Moth Mullien, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Robin, Thimbleweed, Water Willow
Posted on June 15, 2015
Those were the words of our son when he saw our pictures of butterflies congregating on a small tree. The butterflies were noticed yesterday at water’s edge while walking along Griggs Reservoir. They were very numerous but dispersed in groups around the tree making a total count difficult. It wasn’t exactly something we had seen before. Usually it’s a butterfly here and another one there. In the past, when seen groups, there’s usually some identifiable substance attracting them and it’s not always something pleasant.
In this case, whatever the attraction was (perhaps tree sap?), several different species could relate to it, with the Hackberry Emperors being the most numerous and aggressive in their efforts to keep the others away.
After we left the tree a very small but beautiful butterfly was noticed on a clover flower.
There were also other insects about.
There was no shortage of flowers to keep the insects busy.
Our friends the turtles were happy to make an appearance. One river rock appeared to be particularly attractive.
Recent rains had brought out some interesting fungus.
Unlike my wife, I spent most of my time looking for birds and other creatures (perhaps a Mink?) to photograph. With the leaves providing ample cover for the larger creatures, small things carried the day.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, fungus, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wild flowers Tagged: Apple Bark Borer Moth, Boletes Family, Common Split Gill, Coneflower, Eastern-tailed Blue, Hackberry Emperor, Heart Leafed Umbrella, Horse Nettle, Map Turtle, Morning Glory, Panasonic FZ200, Question Mark, Red Admiral, Rhodotus Palmatus, Stream Bluet, Water Willow
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