Posted on June 15, 2017
Nature unfolds and reveals itself like a flower, first reluctantly and then with grace. Armed with just a little curiosity, looking with intention, and allowing yourself to be in the moment and place, rewards one with new wonder. Seeing and appreciating more each time.
In the past few days, still interested in finding warblers, we visited Prairie Oaks Metro Park and closer to home Griggs Reservoir Park in the hopes of seeing a few stragglers. With the exception of the Prothonotary, the warblers didn’t cooperate but fortunately other things did. Whether it’s warblers or “other things” we’re always amazed by the celebration of life this time of year and the beauty that’s often found in the ordinary. The pictures below were taken over just a few outings, typically involving walks of at least two or three miles, sometimes longer, as we search for birds, bugs, and plants. It is a source of continuous fascination that so much can be found so close to home in central Ohio.
It’s always nice when “the reptiles” decide to join the cast.
Still in “warbler mode” on a recent outing, we weren’t prepared for all the insects we would see.
Where there are bees and butterflies there will be wildflowers or maybe it’s the other way around.
While we were excited to see Prothonotary Warblers nesting so close to home there was no storage of other birds to fascinate.
Nature unfolds and reveals itself like a flower, first reluctantly and then with grace. May you be rewarded with new wonder, seeing and appreciating more each time.
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Posted on June 6, 2015
A recent walk along Griggs Reservoir was a study in small things. At times sunlight worked it’s way though the clouds, but mostly it was an early morning hazy sky. A lush new growth of green embraced the landscape threatening to squeeze out it’s air, creating close shadowy places among the leaves, and at times, under thickening clouds, a sense of foreboding.
Heard but not seen, the same growth now hides many of the birds. Others, those that don’t make their living in the leafed canopy, but on the ground or in open places, are still easy to spot.
Flowers also find their place, in the shade if they can, but often in the few patches that are open to sunlight for at least a few hour each day.
Time spent in nature often contains a counterpoint. On this particular day it was a Mute Swan an infrequent visitor. They are large birds even when compared to Canada Geese.
Then, looking away from the swan for a moment,
sunlight is seen playing in the grass.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, fungus, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, waterfowl, Wild flowers Tagged: Chipping Sparrow, Crown Vetch, Eastern Forktail, Eastern Wood Pewee, Foxglove Beardtongue, Hackberry Emperor, Moth Mullien, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Olympus E620 70-300 mm, Panasonic FZ200, Ravenel's Stinkhorn, Smooth Ruella, Song Sparrow, Summer Azure, Water Willow, Yellow Stone Crop
Posted on June 7, 2013
We decided to go for one of our usual urban hikes along Griggs reservoir on a recent gray, misty, sometimes rainy, spring day that central Ohio is famous for. A day you can’t help but feeling that you won’t to see much. Once down along the reservoir we began our search for plants and critters of interest which we punctuate with the usual trash pick-up.
It turns out that such a day is great for photographing wildflowers and my wife took full advantage. The quite solitude of the day also brought the Baltimore Orioles out of the tree tops and they, along with a pair of Blue Birds, were a delight to see.
Finally there are pictures that transcend the subject and truly capture our love of the nature. The image below is such a picture. It was taken by my wife on a recent paddle on the reservoir.
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