Posted on August 16, 2018
Not that they aren’t seen earlier in the spring and summer but August does seem to be the time for butterflies. This year it’s been almost impossible to be out for any length of time without seeing a Monarch. In the late morning or afternoon small but beautiful Pearl Crescents make the shorter grass along the trail their playground. The beauty of some butterflies like the Giant Swallowtail is apparent to even a casual observer but others like the Buckeye reveal their beauty only after a closer look. Others like the hairstreaks are easy to miss altogether unless you know what to look for. The good news is that you don’t have to get up a the crack of dawn to see butterflies.
So below is a celebration of butterflies that have been seen in the last few weeks. Much of the credit must go to my wife who tirelessly pursues these usually unpredictable creatures until she gets the shot she wants while I often content myself to photographing the more predictable wildflowers.
Where there are butterflies and moths there are caterpillars and no one is better at spotting them than my wife.
We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge some of the birds that continue to charm us as we walk through the woods of central Ohio.
So what was I doing while my wife was taking so many excellent photographs in central Ohio? Fishing in Michigan of course.
If time spent in nature speaks to the essence of your being, your soul, you have riches greater than any material procession can offer. A wealth that grows in health, spirit, and the awareness of being part of the greater mystery. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Hiking in Ohio, Nature Photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Black Swallowtail, Brown-hooded Owlet, Buckeye, Canon 80D Tamrom 18-400, Cardinal Flower, Common Checkered Skipper, Cup Plant, Eastern Comma, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern-tailed Blue, False Dragonhead, Fringed Loosestrife, Gray Hairstreak, Gray Headed Cone flowers, Great Blue Lobelia, Hackberry Emperor, Indigo Bunting, Ironweed, Lizard's Tail, Meadow Fritillary, Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Monarch Butterfly, New England Aster, Orange Dog, Orange Sulfur, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic Lumix G7 Leica 100-400mm, Pearl Crescent, Peck's Skipper, Red-spotted Purple, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Silver Spotted Skipper, Summer Azure, Sycamore Tussock Caterpillar, Tall Bellflower, Tall Blue Lettuce, Trumpet Flower, Virginia Knotweed, Wingstem, Woodland Sunflower, Zabulon Skipper, Zebra Swallowtail
Posted on August 30, 2017
Caterpillars can be hard to believe. In recent weeks my wife’s “eagle eye” has spotted one that certainly seems to confirm this. Along with interesting caterpillars there have been other August insects and wildflowers to fascinate. Each season offers up it’s own treasures.
As an aside, my old Canon manual focus glass has found new life mounted on a Sony A7 body so I’ve enjoyed trying to capture a “sense of place” with the old lenses as we explore some of our local haunts.
During a recent walk we entered the world of caterpillars when my wife noticed this interesting specimen.
The Black Swallowtail butterfly:
On another day as we walked along Griggs Reservoir, three almost identical “bird droppings” were spotted. Very suspicious!
The Giant Swallowtail butterfly:
The Monarch Butterfly caterpillars had a though act to follow after the “bird droppings”. However, this year it’s been exciting to see so many as well as the resultant butterflies. You know it’s a good year when you often hear, or say to your hiking companion, “There’s another Monarch!” Last year we saw very few.
The Monarch butterfly:
The Big Darby has been running low but clear. A sign of late summer in Ohio.
During a lunch break along Alum Creek Reservoir last week, a number of wasps were more than happy to provide free entertainment!
Two days ago, as we made our way along one of our area metro park’s excellent trails, I mentioned to my wife that there appeared to be two humming birds around some thistle half way across the meadow. Before I realized what had happened she disappeared. The only way I could reel her in was with the zoom on my camera!
Along with caterpillars and butterflies there have been other interesting late August insects as well.
A quiet fishing spot along Griggs Reservoir.
Fungi hasn’t been that noticeable due to the lack of rain but recently two examples begged to be photographed.
A fascinating plant, Ground Cherry, discovered during a recent walk.
As we look for butterflies, or are engaged in other pursuits, it’s hard not to notice the other things.
In late August the sound of insects dominate the woods.
As if in protest, a Carolina Wrens does it’s best to break the silence of it’s kind.
In the now often cooler mornings, heavy with dew, spider webs are everywhere.
Walking, those suspended across the trail brush against one’s face.
By noon, as if to deny that summer is slowly coming to an end, butterflies and dragonflies take flight.
Bees, seemingly busier than ever, are everywhere on late summer wildflowers.
Leaves on some trees have already starting to change.
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Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Wildflowers Tagged: Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Black Swallowtail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Jay, Canon 60D with Sigma 18-300mm, Common Spreadwing, Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee, Cup Plant, Eastern Cricket Frog, False Dragonhead, Giant Swallowtail, Great Blue Lobelia, Ground Cherry, Indigo Bunting, Ironweed, Katydid Wasp, Monarch Butterfly, Northern Tooth Fungi, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Red Squirrel, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tachinid Fly, Tall Bellflower, Thread-waisted Wasp, Virginia Knot Weed, Wingstem
Posted on August 4, 2014
Late July and early August is a great time to grab your camera and binoculars and go for a hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. The park has reestablished extensive areas of prairie containing many types of native wildflowers. With the flowers come butterflies and other types of insects. Eastern Meadowlarks, Indigo Buntings and other birds are also attracted to the area. If you ever questioned the value of native prairies in promoting biodiversity visit Battelle Darby and take a close look. You’ll be amazed at what there is to see.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out some pictures of nature in central Ohio. We hope you’re inspired to get out and explore nature wherever you live.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Blazing Star, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, bullfrog, Cardinal, Cardinal Flower, Daddy Longlegs, Familiar Bluet, Giant Swallowtail, Goldfinch, Hackberry Emperor, Indigo Bunting, Olympus E620, Panasonic FZ-150, Red Admiral, Red Milkweed Beetle, Silver Spotted Skipper, Silvery Checkerspot, Spicebush Swallowtail, Spiny Soft Shell Turtle, Sunflower, Tall Bellflower, Tufted Titmouse, Yellow Coneflower, Zabulon Skipper
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.
Thanks for stopping by.
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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