Posted on April 3, 2017
The whole idea was to look for early spring wildflowers at one of our favorite Columbus metro parks. As you’ve probably remember us mentioning in the past, one of the good or bad things about looking for very small flowers hiding in last years leaf litter or in amongst other much larger plants is that you find other things, usually trash, but sometimes something very special, something you’ve never seen before. Such was the case yesterday on what turned out to be a seven mile ramble around the trails of Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.
We hadn’t gone far when my wife spotted a very curious object. Arriving back home and checking was our rather limited guide to north American fungi we were able to come up with a fairly educated guess that it was Devil’s Urn, one of the earliest fungi to emerge in the spring.
A little further on another unusual looking fungi was also spotted but this one’s identity remains a mystery.
Of coarse the real reason for the hike was the flowers and they didn’t disappoint.
Due to it’s fragile and fleeting nature the flower of the Bloodroot is one of the more difficult to capture.
It’s hard to simultaneously look for wildflowers and birds but a few were hard to ignore, either because of their number or their song.
Anytime we discover something that we’ve never seen before it makes for a very special day. Thanks for stopping by.
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Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Hiking in Ohio, nature writing, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Bison, Bloodroot, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Devil's Urn, Eastern Towhee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Harbinger of Spring, Panasonic FZ200, Pink Rue Anemone, Purple Cress, Sharped-lobed Hepatica, Spring Beauty, Toadshade Trillium, Turkey Tail, Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Waterleaf, White-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow Corydalis
Posted on April 16, 2015
The woods at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park are a very good place to take a long walk. This time of the year, if you love spring wildflowers, it’s a great place. Yesterday, with that in mind, we packed water and a lunch and headed out with the goal of seeing trilliums and perhaps a few spring warblers.
The park’s spring woods contain many shallow pools that usually last a few weeks and are gone. The aesthetics of these vernal pools is primarily what attracts me but the real magic is that, due to their lack of predatory fish, they are home to a variety insects and other small creatures. The most obvious of these being various species of frogs and toads which use the pools for reproduction. Salamanders may also use them to reproduce. Depending on location fairy shrimp may also be part of the mix.
When not being fascinated by the vernal pools it was impossible not to be enchanted by the emerging life of the forest floor most dramatically represented by the wildflowers.
But when your looking for wildflowers you just might see . . .
While no warblers were seen there were other birds to enjoy.
The fact that the warblers and white trilliums eluded us has provided good reason for a return visit. Not that one is needed.
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Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Hiking in Ohio, Ohio Nature, photography Tagged: Canon G11, Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Common Water Snake, Cutleaf Toothwort, Duchman's Breeches, Eastern Towhee, Panasonic FZ200, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Rue Anemone, Spicebush, Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Waterleaf, White Trout Lilly, Wood Anemone, Yellow Corydalis, Yellow Sedge, Yellow Violet
Posted on April 24, 2013
It wasn’t that many days ago that very little seem to be changing. The grayish brown winter landscape in central Ohio was tenacious this year. Now, from one day to the next, the landscape looks markedly different. Now, warblers pass through on their northern migration. Yellow Tiger Swallowtail and Mourning Cloak butterflies seem to defy the cold morning air taking flight long before you would expect. Trees with buds one day magically have leaves the next. Spring wildflowers, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Toadshade Trillium, are in a race with tree buds in the canopy overhead. The buds will soon be leaves bringing an end to the spring wildflower celebration for another year. Click on images for a better look.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, flowers in central ohio, Hiking in Ohio Tagged: American Redstart, Black and White Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Early Saxifrage, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Large Flowered Bellwort, Large-flowered Trillium, Long-spurred Violet, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Parula Warbler, Palm Warbler, Phlox, Rue Anemone, Rufous-sided Towhee, Smooth Solomon's Seal, Spring Beauty, Toadshade Trillium, Virginia Bluebells, Yellow Corydalis, Yellow-throated Warbler
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