Posted on May 7, 2014
Recently we spent several hours at Prairie Oaks Metro Park looking for migrating warblers and other signs of spring. We were completely drawn into the moment with butterflies, wildflowers, warblers and other migrating birds surrounding us as we walked along the river. Sunlight filtering through the emerging translucent leaves creating the effect of green stained glass further setting the mood.
In addition to the pictures below a number of birds and butterflies were seen where no photograph was possible. So below is just a glimpse of what you might have seen had you walked the trails in the last few days. Some pictures turned out amazingly well and others fall into the category of “data acquisition” but they all, in their own small way, celebrate spring at Prairie Oaks.
as always you can click on and image for a better view
At Prairie Oaks many forms of life are attracted to the river.
Like warblers, flycatchers and other birds.
Constantly in motion, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet plays hide and seek.
The smaller creeks that feed into the river are often dry by mid summer.
Butterflies were enjoying the spring sun.
A pond that may also be dried up by July.
But right now the pond is home.
Fungi run a very close second to wildflowers in natures beauty contest.
Wildflowers compete for our attention.
The Big Darby was flowing clear.
Translucent leaves contribute to the magic of spring.
Category: Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, wildlife Tagged: Birding in Ohio, Black and White Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Canon G11, Canon T3i, Eastern Comma, Great Crested Flycatcher, Kingbird, Leopard Frog, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Nature Photography, Painted Lady, Panasonic FZ-150, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Water Strider, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on July 24, 2013
It’s the 23rd of July and it feels like the middle of summer in central Ohio. The landscape usually starts to dry out by now with brown tones freely combining with greens. However, this year the rains have kept the browns at bay and small creeks have continued to flow. Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies now catch our attention as bird songs and activity become less noticeable. Wild flowers no longer populate the woods but instead the fields and meadows as sunlight has long since disappeared from under the forest canopy.
So if today’s walk is any example, below are some of things you might see in mid summer at Prairie Oaks.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Blue-fronted Dancer, Common Whitetail, Eastern Comma, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Golden Winged Skimmer, Hackberry Emperor, Halloween Pennant, Ironweed, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Queen Ann's Lace, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Sneeze Weed, Spicebush Swallowtail, Summer Azure, Tall Bellflower, Teasel, Widow Skimmer
Posted on December 19, 2012
If you are lucky, a walk at Prairie Oaks in December can mean white Sycamores against a deep blue sky.
The Sycamores come into their own this time of the year revealing beautiful patterns in their bark. Other than the Sycamores, you may see a tree that has gone completely unnoticed when the leaves are out but now the low sun really makes patterns in it’s bark stand out. You are a bit annoyed when its identity remains a mystery.
The Big Darby runs high as a result of recent rains but unlike the Scioto remains fairly clear. I wonder what if anything is biting biting.
On this December day the woods remain quiet. The low sun, even at mid-day, accounts for the beautiful sky, but unless it’s behind you, makes it a challenge to see birds. Even so, we see a Carolina Wren silently playing hide and seek in the low brush and a Brown Creeper not far away. Across one of the park ponds we see some Gadwalls, a not so common sight for us, and then without the leaves overhead easily spot a Red-tailed Hawk flying.
Twilight extends far into the afternoon and we start making our way back to our starting point but not before we’re entertained by a sculpture courtesy of one of the resident Beavers.
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