A Late Spring Celebration of Nature

Whether paddling or walking our explorations in the last week or so have been very close to home in Griggs Park and the reservoir. We hardly feel deprived. As the pictures below will attest, especially in the case of my wife, the closer you look the more you see.


Some of the flowers we are now seeing will continue to bloom for most of the summer. Others will not. Part of the ever changing scene.

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Ox-eye Daises, (Donna), FZ200.

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Hairy Ruellia, (Donna), FZ200.

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Rough-fruited Cinquefoil, (Donna) FZ200


Northern Catalpa, Griggs Park, FZ200.



Along the shore of Griggs Reservoir the Blue Flag Iris continues to enchant, (Donna), FZ200.

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Goats Beard, (Donna), FZ200.

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Mushrooms, (Donna), FZ200.


Some things seen have been unusual. Many thanks to New Hampshire Garden Solutions for help in identifying what was going on in the following pic, Elm Pouch Galls.


Produced by aphids, Elm Pouch Galls rise from the upper leaf surface, Griggs Park, FZ200.


While we are still hearing them, many birds choose to peer at us from behind the leaf cover so my wife has directed more of her attention to more cooperative subjects.


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Peck’s Skipper, (Donna), FZ200.

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Zebulon Skipper, (Donna), FZ200


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Bronze Copper, (Donna), FZ200

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Top view.

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Clouded Sulfur with a friend, (Donna), FZ200.


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Black Swallowtail, Griggs Park, (Donna), FZ200.


A busy bee, Griggs Park, Canon 3ti, 18-135.

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Eastern Pondhawk (F), (Donna), FZ200.

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Widow Skimmer (F), (Donna), FZ200.


Look even closer and you’ll see tiny insects with jewel like qualities.


Stream Bluet, (Donna), FZ200.


Stream Bluet (F)?, (Donna), FZ200.


Powdered Dancer (M), (Donna), FZ200.


Very small gold fly, (Donna), FZ200.


Thankfully not all of our feathered friends were in hiding.


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Male Bluebird, Griggs Park, FZ200.

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Kingbird, Griggs Park, FZ200.



Robin, Griggs Park, ZS50.

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We haven’t had much luck getting a close pic so far this year but we did catch the male Baltimore Oriole along the Scioto below Griggs Dam,  ZS50.


What were these White-breasted Nuthatches doing? ZS50.


Fledglings! along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam.


With so many beautiful Great Blue Herons along the reservoir so it hard to resist taking a picture, Canon 60D sigma 150-500.

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We watched this Great Blue Heron for some time as he struggled and went through all kinds of contortions but never did see him swallow the poor fish which by heron standards wasn’t all that large, ZS50.

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As we walk along park path, just overhead a Turkey Vulture sizes us up, “Still Moving, @?%#!!!”, ZS50

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Mother Mallard with baby along Griggs Reservoir, FZ200.


An Osprey watches as we paddle by, north end of Griggs Reservoir, Canon 60D, sigma 150-500.


A Red-tailed Hawk does likewise, Canon 60D, sigma 150-500.


And a few other creatures too.



Sunfish, sometimes what a fish lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. This little fella went swimming right after the pic, Griggs Reservoir, Canon SD850.

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A turtle convention along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam, ZS50.


Looking like somewhere in northern Michigan a deer crosses the Scioto north of Griggs Reservoir, (Donna), FZ200.


Not seen as often as Map Turtles and Red-eared Sliders, we were excited to see two Painted Turtles enjoying the sun along the Griggs Reservoir shore, (Donna), FZ200.


Sometimes it’s good to just step back and admire it all from a distance.


North end of Griggs reservoir, FZ200


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