Posted on July 12, 2017
It had been about a year since we visited Bigelow Cemetery State Nature Preserve and Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve , so we thought a road trip was in order to see what we might find in the way of insects and other wildlife. Last year we had seen a number of hummingbirds at Bigelow so we thought that might be the case again. Unlike Bigelow, which is a very small plot of native prairie, Big Darby Headwaters is a much larger area and one we have only begun to explore. Repeated visits throughout the year would be best to get to know and really appreciate these areas. We usually have to satisfy ourselves with less.
The first thing one notices upon arriving at Bigelow is how small it is, only about one half acre. The initial thought is that such a small area shouldn’t take long to explore. An hour and a half later we left and could have easily stayed longer if the Big Darby Headwaters had not beckoned. The number of living things in this small area compared to the surrounding farm field monoculture was mind boggling.
Having spent as much time as we thought we should at Bigelow, it was close to noon when we arrived at the Big Darby Headwaters. Usually not the best time of day to be out in nature.
Over the past few days there’s been no shortage of things to see closer to home.
Even in our backyard . . .
I continue to think about the diversity and abundance of life at Bigelow. It may be reasonable to expect that if such places were more numerous or extensive such diversity and abundance might not be as noticeable as the creatures observed there would have more options. However, forgetting for a moment the pollution of the air and water due to human activities, it’s still hard not to wonder about the long term sustainability of the planet when so much acreage has been, and continues to be, developed. Once developed it often becomes just another barren monoculture which at best grows crops that feed us or worse becomes another woods or meadow roofed over for industry, commerce, or shelter, or paved over so that we can drive or park our cars. While more far-reaching solutions are undoubtedly necessary, in the short term planting more wildflowers in lieu of maintaining an extensive lawn might be worth our consideration.
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Category: Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Nature Photography, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Wildflowers Tagged: Banded Longhorn Flower Beetle, Blue Bird, Calico Pennant, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Coneflower, Depford Pink, Eastern Amberwing, Four-toothed Mason Wasp, Gray Headed Cone flowers, Great Spangled Fritillary, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Jewelweed, Meadow Fritillary, Michigan Lily, Monarch Butterfly, Painted Lady, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Red Winged Blackbird, Royal Catchfly, Royal River Cruiser, Silver Spotted Skipper, Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Song Sparrow, Stink Bug, White Campion, White Tail Deer, Yellow Jacket Hover Fly
Posted on August 1, 2016
It was partly an excuse to go for a Sunday morning drive, something we don’t do very often. Usually we head for a location, necessary equipment in hand, and paddle or hike. However, there were three locations we thought would be worthwhile to check out: Smith Cemetery State Nature Preserve, Bigelow Cemetery State Nature Preserve, and Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve. The cemeteries provided an opportunity to see natural prairie habitat as it looked prior to much of the land being plowed up. Depending on what we found the areas visited might be included in our list of spring and fall destinations for birds and other wildlife.
There wasn’t much going on at our first stop; Smith Cemetery,
so we headed a few miles down the road and were not disappointed.
After the cemeteries we headed to the Headwaters of the Big Darby Preserve, northwest of Marysville, Ohio.
Despite the delays it wasn’t long before we reached our destination. The area has undergone quite a bit of restoration in an effort to return it to it’s pre-farm field state.
It’s always rewarding to explore new places or those one hasn’t visited in a while. This outing served as a reminder to do that more often.
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Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Bigelow Covered Bridge, Bigelow Pioneer Cemetary, Black Swallowtail, Covered Bridges, Depford Pink, Giant Swallowtail, Headwaters of the Big Darby Nature Preserve, Ohio Covered Bridges, Panasonic FZ200, Royal Catchfly, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Smith Pioneer Cemetary, Spain Creek Covered Bridge
Posted on July 28, 2016
We’ve been busy documenting nature’s summer in central Ohio. If you are fascinated by insects this is your time of year but be prepared to look closely. The summer heat has done little to discourage the wildflowers which in a shout of color announce their presence. The below shots were taken along Griggs Reservoir and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. I hope they put you in a summer kind of mood.
Hope you enjoyed this summer celebration of nature in central Ohio. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, fishing in central ohio, Griggs Reservoir, kayak fishing, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: American Goldfinch, Barn Swallow, Biennial Gaura, Bison, Black Swallowtail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Catbird, Chicory, Coneflower, Cup Plant, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Pondhawk, Eastern Wood Pewee, Gray Headed Cone flowers, Great Blue Heron, Hackberry Emperor, Hairy Wood Mint, Halberd-leaved Rose-mallow, Hummingbird Moth, Least Skipper, Leopard Frog, Luna Moth, Mallard Ducklings, Milk Weed Beetle, Panasonic FZ200, Pearl Crescent, Peck's Skipper, Phlox, Rose Pink, Royal Catchfly, thistle, Widow Skimmer, Wild Lettuce, Wild Potato Vine, Wing Stem, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
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