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 6, 2015
Photos often result from our time spent in nature but they are seldom the only reason we’re out there. Truth is, we just love being outdoors. Part of the fun is looking closely to see what each new day brings. Perhaps it’s a flower, butterfly, bird, or something else that appears unexpectedly.
Below is a pictorial ramble through things seen in the last few weeks in central Ohio that amazed or enchanted.
The summer flowers have really been coming through for us this year.
While things are starting to dry out from an unusual amount of early summer rain, it continues to be a good year for fungi.
It’s harder to find warblers now but other birds are filling in.
At first we thought it might be a beaver.
Insects continue to satisfy our curiosity.
. . . and it’s always nice to see turtles and snakes some of which were in unexpected locations due to recent high water.
Sometimes it’s just the place.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, butterflies, canoeing, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Lepidoptera, nature, Ohio Nature, Paint Creek, Paint Creek State Park, photography Tagged: Black Swallowtail, Black-crowned Night Heron, Chicken Fungus, Cicada, Common Water Snake, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Ebony Jewelwing, Garter Snake, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Halberd-leaved Rose-mallow, Killdeer, Lizard's Tail, Mallard Duck, Muskrat, Painted Turtle, Ruby Spot, Snapping Turtle, Solitary Sandpiper, Stream Bluet, Trumpet Flower
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