Posted on December 28, 2016
There is nothing particularly different about this winter in central Ohio. For a few days the temperature hovered around 5F then almost overnight it was 65F and raining making a recent light snow seem like an hallucination. Cold, snowy, icy, weather always seems to have a hard time taking up permanent residence.
Freezing, thawing, and then refreezing do make for interesting ice patterns. Below are a few I’ve taken the liberty to enhance so pattern and design stand out.
Walking along the Scioto River and seeing our old friend the Kingfisher is reassurance that unlike the weather some things don’t change much.
Along the reservoir a Junco looks on as a gull enjoys a good stretch while not far away a crow appears to be practicing his skating.
On a recent day, as the reservoir froze, a grebe seemed almost trapped in one of the few small areas of open water. Hopefully that wasn’t the case.
In late December so much is monochromatic brown gray dreariness but on a recent outing my wife’s tireless quest for very small but always cheerful kinglets paid off.
In the spring, fascination seems to offer itself at every turn but in winter one often needs to look closely and with intention. On a recent @40F day this little fella was spotted as we walked through the woods near our home.
Other things have also brought color to the landscape.
We hope this post has brought some cheer to what in the northern hemisphere can be a challenging time of year. So until next time, thanks for stopping by!
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, photography Tagged: Belted Kingfisher, Canon SX40, Crow, Dark-eyed Junco, Golden Crown Kinglet, ice patterns, Panasonic FZ200, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-billed Gull, Sweet Autumn Clematis, sycamore
Posted on January 20, 2014
A Prayer for Other Living Things
Winter struggles to become spring
summer comes easily
as it has for me many times before.
to time spent in wild places
quiet morning walks,
I now, slowly, finally, realize
it’s not only about us
our dreams, desires, and wants.
In the woods,
a sycamore stands
years longer than I
it’s tall white branches
bright against a winter blue sky
speaking in a voice I cannot hear,
it’s quiet beauty
yellow, orange, blue
moves from flower to flower
not asking my permission,
glistening in the sun
a dragonfly passes
as it earns it’s living
flying forward, backward, sideways,
my presence is of no concern,
a thrush in a nearby tree
with an ethereal song
calls for it’s mate
not for me,
along a path beside a pond
a bullfrog croaks
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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