Posted on August 1, 2017
My wife had to carry most of the load in central Ohio over the past week or so while I was on my annual Michigan fishing trip. Based on the following pictures, many of which are hers, she had no trouble discovering things of interest.
First there were the birds, a few of which when captured in unusual or even comical poses. Some just a little different than the usual “mug” shot.
Sometimes a bird picture was obtained as my wife happened to look up as she studyed an interesting “bug” and there were apparently no shortage of those.
Summer flowers grace areas along the reservoir.
Finally a few pics from my fishing trip to the Rifle River Recreation Area. It always feels like a homecoming when I head north bringing back many fond childhood summer vacation memories. I always think I’ll take more pictures on this trip but it’s hard to wear two hats so I mostly just allow myself to be there and fish.
Each trip into nature marks the passing of time. Summer moves along, things seen are ever changing, birds fledge and mature under parent’s attentive care, caterpillars and butterflies continue their amazing dance of life, wildflowers and bees are ever present companions, by late July the days have grown noticeably shorter.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Michigan State Parks, Nature Photography, Ohio Insects, Ohio Nature, Paddling and Nature Photography, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: 2-marked Treehoppers, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Boneset, Canon 80D Sigma 150-600mm lens, Canon SX260, Cardinal Flower, Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Chipmunk, Clouded Sulphur, Common Loon, Eastern Phoebe, Eupatorium Borer Moth, Evening Primrose, Great Blue Heron, Green Bee, Green Heron, Milkweed Tossock Moth Caterpillar, Monarch Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, Monkey Flower, Northern Flicker, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Orange Sulfur, Orchard Orbweaver, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 100-400mm, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Robber Fly, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Sneeze Weed, Solitary Sand Wasp, Swamp Rose-Mallow, Sycamore Tussock Moth Catapillar, Tall Blue Lettuce, wasp, Wingstem, Yellow Jacket Hover Fly
Posted on October 4, 2014
Trees in autumn are a grand garden in bloom. Each day offers a new arrangement of colors and patterns to delight one who simply chooses to be in their presence.
The weather was going to turn as it often does this time of the year. Today it’s quiet, sunny, almost sublime, tomorrow, cloudy, cold, and blustery. Better get out and see what there is to discover. Tomorrow we may be inside looking out as wind driven rain, or even worse snow, pelts the window.
It was quiet when we started. The water’s surface, now the resting place of early fallen leaves, was only disturbing by the movement of our canoe and the occasional falling leaf. The morning sun drew out the emerging reds and yellows along the west shore and in the coolness warmed our backs as we worked our way north.
Later in the day, having spent some time exploring the most northern part of the reservoir, we retraced our path and headed back to our launch site. The wind picked up as we paddled south making pictures a challenge. I managed to control the boat as a Spotted Sandpiper slowed down just enough for a picture.
With only a few strokes left in our nine mile paddle we discovered some unexpected color.
Later, at home, feeling that good kind of tired, we looked over pictures and recalling the things we’d seen. It had been a beautiful to paddle.
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.
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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
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