I was looking at a photograph and thinking back,


and after a moment,


not just of that picture but all the pictures


and all the times I’ve been in a beautiful place,


part of a beautiful flower,


stopping, seeing, listening, being embraced,


and for a time both then and now,








The Beauty of Nature Next Door

I’ve always amazed myself by how I react to a beautiful scene if I’ve driven 1000 miles versus just a couple of miles near home. Why we humans have a harder time getting excited about things close at hand versus far away is probably due to a number a factors not the least of which is the emotional investment of a long journey. Nonetheless a few years back I decided to make a concerted effort to appreciate natural beauty close to home. What better place to begin this adventure than Griggs Reservoir less than two miles from our house and within the city limits of Columbus.  Below is a celebration of that beauty.

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Great Egret, Griggs


North of Hayden Run, Griggs


False channel, north end of Griggs


Ironweed, Griggs


Joe-Pye Weed, Griggs


Indigo Bunting, Griggs


Fragile Forktail Damselfly, Griggs


Great Egret hunting, Griggs

island - Griggs

Wood Duck Island, Griggs

morning mist - Griggs

Morning Mist, Griggs

wildlife habitat - Griggs

Wildlife Habitat, Griggs

Damsel Fly Pairs 080513 Griggs

Damselfly Pairs, Griggs DMP


Painted Turtle, Griggs


Fallen Tree, Griggs


Swamp Rose-Mallow, Griggs


Button Bush, Griggs


Kingfisher, Griggs


Canoe, Griggs

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Windfall, Griggs


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An Unlikely Day

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.

Common Foxglove - Donna

Common Foxglove – Donna

Water Willow - Donna

Water Willow – Donna

Tall Anemone - Donna

Tall Anemone – Donna

Stream Bluet

Stream Bluet

Spiderwort - Donna

Spiderwort – Donna

Moth Mulein - Donna

Moth Mullien – Donna

Milkweed - Donna

Milkweed – Donna

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.

Mallard with Babies - Griggs, Donna

Mallard with Babies – Griggs, Donna


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