Posted on October 16, 2018
As I write this the temperature has finally arrived at more normal levels for early October. Until just a few days ago it was much warmer and the season betrayed by the calendar was having a hard time getting started with leaves still reluctant to show their autumn color. That wasn’t all bad as we were treated to sightings of butterflies and other insects not usually seen this late in the year. Given the above average rainfall it continues to be a great time to see fungi which seems to be almost everywhere. Below is a celebration of some things seen over the past couple of weeks. Missing is “the picture” of me paddling the Scioto River, fishing for Smallmouth Bass, as two mature Bald Eagles circled overhead. Oh well, some things would be hard to capture in a photograph and must just be experienced.
The above experience prompted me to consider things that can be photographed, which in this case happens to be landscapes. Specifically, it has to do with the difference between how a scene is seen and how the camera captures it. Or putting it another way, after we have been enchanted enough to take the picture, and after a preliminary look are happy with the results, does the image convey the desired message as shot? This then will have a lot to do with the kind and amount of post processing used and it’s limits for a particular photograph. Such things are often a matter of opinion or taste, there being no right or wrong. With that said, we’ve all seen the over saturated colors in autumn landscapes which risk devaluing the place and experience as if to say it wasn’t beautiful enough. Things worth considering I believe.
As already mentioned it’s been a great year for fungi. Apparently chicken Fungi and puffballs are edible but I think we will just enjoy looking at them. At their peak the colors of some fungi are no less spectacular than the loveliest wildflower.
Despite our recent fungi fascination other things have been hard to ignore. A number if years ago it took a really spectacular insect to make an impression but as I’ve spent more time looking at them my appreciation has increased. With greater knowledge and understanding it has become much harder to consider them a lower life form less noble than ourselves. They have become part of the beautiful tapestry of life where boundaries between self and the natural world disappear.
Pausing at water’s edge, rippled reflections dance to the rhythm of wind and light gracing us with a new vision and an invitation to a new place.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, Wildflowers Tagged: Bearded Tooth, Bolete, Chicken Fungus, Chickweed Geometer, Common Checkered Skipper, Dead Man's Fingers, Dryad's Saddle, Eastern Comma, Eastern-tailed Blue, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Green Darner, Meadow Fritillary, Orange Mycena, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Puffballs, Rosy Russula, Shaggy Mane, Sony A7 with Canon FD lenses, Turkey Tail, Variegated Fritillary, Wrinkled Peach, Yellow-collared Scape Moth
Posted on July 26, 2015
With the amount of rain we’ve had recently it seemed like a great time to visit Clear Creek Metro Park to see what fungi might be making an appearance. The park is unique, located about fifty miles southeast of Columbus in an area where the last glaciers stopped their southward advance. It’s 5,300 acres of woods, sandstone cliffs, ravines, and creeks are home to hemlocks, oaks, and hickory. As we left Columbus we were hoping to discover some things not seen closer to home.
It was still early when we arrived and everything was wet from a recent rain. The air was cool but the humidity was very high. Given these conditions, we were drenched in perspiration for most of our five mile hike, with glasses and viewfinders fogging up every time we attempted to take a photograph. On this particular day, it was the price of admission.
Interestingly, the first thing seen was lichen growing on the roof of a visitor information board not far from where we parked.
Leaving the lichen, we began a rather steep assent into the woods and immediately started seeing fungi. This continued throughout our hike of the Creekside Meadows, Fern, and Cemetery Ridge trails. Seeing so many unfamiliar fungi, the challenge soon became one of trying to figure out we were looking at.
As if all the fungi were not enough, wildflowers were also making their presence known.
. . . and while not flowers, pretty nonetheless.
Given that flowers and many other plants were in abundance, butterflies and moths were easy to spot.
While not our main objective, we did hear a lot of birds and even managed to see a few.
At the end of our hike, we were in awe of the things seen. Many were first’s for us in Ohio. It had been a magical day.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Clear Creek Metro Park, fungus, nature, outdoors, photography, Wild flowers Tagged: Apricot Jelly, Berkeley's Polypore, Boletes Family, British Soldier Lichen, Brown Thrasher, Chanterelles, Coral Mushroom, Crowded Parchment, Downey Rattlesnake-plantain, Downey Skullcap, Eastern Wood Pewee, False Coral, Great Spangled Fruitillary, Hooded Warbler, Hummingbird Moth, Jellied False Coral, Lepiota, Oswego Tea, Panasonic FZ200, Panther Mushroom, Pink Polypore, Pipevine Swallowtail, Powder-cap Amanita, Red-belted Polypore, Rosy Russula, Spiderwort, Starry Campion, Tufted Collybia, Tufted Titmouse, Turkey Tail, Woodland Sunflower
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