Posted on September 7, 2016
Late August isn’t usually when I think of seeing fall warblers in central Ohio. Although I’m sure that’s the result of a certain level of ignorance on my part. So not really expecting the warblers this early, most of our efforts in recent days have been spent looking for, and enjoying, the “bugs” that currently seem to be in their prime. What started as a way to say curious during the summer doldrums has now become a real goal of our explorations.
Whether a spider, butterfly, moth, bee, or dragonfly their unique beauty and behavior, so unlike our own, takes us into a truly different world. Fascinating as they are I wouldn’t want to return “in the next life” as an insect. The dragonfly is too efficient and maneuverable a flying machine bringing a quick end to anything flying nearby that it considers a meal. The life cycle of many wasps requires that caterpillars become live hosts for their larva. A convenient meal for the future wasps but undoubtedly not a pleasant experience for the caterpillar. A garden spider quickly dispatches and gift wraps a careless fly in silk for later consumption. And just when you think your the biggest, baddest, “bug” around, a bird comes along. I could go on but it is sufficient to say, it’s not for me.
It’s not as if there haven’t been birds around. Sometimes, in our quest for insects, we get so engaged in looking down we forget to look up! The Osprey was discovered as we were looking for warblers and provided many great poses as he devoured a fish just two of which are shown below.
. . . and then there were the warblers, always more seen than successfully photographed.
When in nature take a moment to enjoy the whole, allowing yourself just to be.
With the fall migration just getting started we’re looking forward to what will be seen in the coming weeks.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Alum Creek State Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, nature, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River Tagged: American Redstart, Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Black and White Warbler, Bumble Bee, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Cape May Warbler, Clouded Sulphur, Funnel Weaver Grass Spider, Grasshopper, Great Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Katydid, Marbled Orbweaver, Mayfly, Monarch Butterfly, Northern Flicker, Osprey, Panasonic FZ200, Pelecinid Wasp, Praying Mantis, Question Mark, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, Spotted Orbweaver, Triangle-bearing Orbweaver, Variegated Fritillary, Walnut Caterpiller, wasps, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on September 10, 2014
We recently walked the trails at Prairie Oaks Metro Park with the intention of getting a few pictures of whatever insects happened by or more importantly landed on a leaf or flower long enough to photograph.
Pausing to listen by a lake, meadow, or woods will quickly bring you to the realization that it’s that insect time of the year. Actual it’s been so for several weeks but now trees have hints of color other than green and when venturing out in the morning one is greeted by cooler temperatures. The sun is lower now as it continues it’s yearly journey south so the light is also different, piercing rather than embracing. At water’s edge dragonflies ceaselessly patrol in the warm late morning sun while Monarch and Viceroy butterflies go about their business in the nearby meadows. Walking through the same meadows in pursuit of a butterfly one is greeting by hundreds of grasshoppers all seeking a different escape route. Further in the woods more woodpeckers and bluejays are heard and one can’t help but notice a branch rebounding as a Fox squirrel moves from tree to tree. It couldn’t be getting ready for winter already could it? In early September, with the absence of any sudden cloudbursts, the rivers in central Ohio are low, exposing previously hidden gravel bars, and are a pleasant shade of green.
Category: Big Darby River, Birding in Ohio, butterflies, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, flowers in central ohio, Ohio Nature, photography, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Wild flowers Tagged: Big Darby, butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, Painted Turtle, wasps, wild flowers
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