Posted on September 3, 2018
Usually when one thinks about life in Columbus, shopping malls, the local college football team, and rapid urban development come to mind. Columbus, with its multifaceted economy has escaped the malaise of many midwestern cities that relied on manufacturing and heavy industry for their prosperity so outlying farm fields continue to give way the strip malls and housing developments.
Still, embedded right in the center of the metropolitan area, there is nature. During outings along the Scioto River or on Griggs Reservoir I can’t help but feel blessed. Recently while fishing (catch, photograph, release) the surprisingly productive waters for Small Mouth Bass and otherwise being on or near the river and reservoir I’ve been treated the sights and sounds of Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Black Crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets, Osprey, Spotted Sandpipers and even an occasional Bald Eagle. After time spent in these places I can only hope that the treasure I get to enjoy endures and is here for those that come after me.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my enthusiasm. I hope that where ever you live you are blessed to have a special place so close to home.
Category: birding in central ohio, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature, Scioto River Tagged: Black-crowned Night Heron, Canon 80D Tamrom 18-400mm, Green Heron, Osprey, Panasonic ZS50, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Posted on March 14, 2017
It’s been a while since our last post so after almost two months bumming around some of Florida’s most beautiful natural areas in sunny 70 degree weather we now find ourselves back in central Ohio looking out the window as a 25 F wind blows snow around our front yard. One way to celebrate the trip, and perhaps to feel a little warmer, is to post pictures of a few of birds seen while while hiking and paddling. Perhaps no one species expresses the diversity and beauty of nature like birds, each with their own unique appearance and behavior. Florida gives one an excellent opportunity to witness and perhaps photograph that diversity and beauty.
For those that are curious, our stay in Florida consisted of time spent at Myakka River SP; great hiking, big gators, and great wildlife photography, Lake Kissimmee SP; great hiking, paddling, fishing, and wildlife, the Chassahowzitka River Campground; great paddling, fishing, and wildlife, and Ochlockonee River SP; great hiking, paddling, and wildlife.
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Given the weather we came back to we may decide to stay longer next year. There’s always something new to discover. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Chassahowitzka River, Florida, Lake Kissimmee SP, Myakka River Sp, Ochlockonee River SP Tagged: American Avocet, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black Skimmer, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Pelican, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Carolina Wren, Common Moorhen, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green-winged Teal, Laughing Gull, Least Sandpiper, Least Terns, Mockingbird, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Pied-billed Grebe, Pine Warbler, Red-cockaded woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Roseate Spoonbill, Sand Hill Crane, Snail Kite, Tri-color Heron, Vermilion Flycatcher, White Ibis, Wood Thrush, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on April 6, 2016
Our recent six weeks of hiking and paddling in Florida resulted in a lot of photographs.
The pictures below provide a record of some of the birds seen. While lovely in their right, we are left with the feeling that they don’t come close to conveying the overall sense of wonder experienced as we explored the trails and waterways of Florida. Equipped with the knowledge that places visited were home to many fascinating living things, the wonder was with us even when we didn’t see a plant, bird or other animal that begged to be photographed. We returned home with the feeling that just being in such places had been more than enough.
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Now back in Ohio, we visited one of our favorite spots earlier today. While nuthatches, creepers, and various woodpeckers were present, no Bald Eagles were seen nor did any Scarlet Tanagers show themselves. But we have seen them there before and you never know about tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: birding, canoeing, Corkscrew Swamp, Florida, Hiking, Six Mile Cypress Slough Tagged: American Avocet, American Ostercatcher, American Wigeon, Bald Eagle, Black and White Warbler, Black Skimmer, Black Vulture, Black-bellied Plover, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Pelican, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Egret, Hermit Thrush, Horned Grebe, Laughing Gull, Least Terns, Little Blue Heron, Mockingbird, Northern Parula Warbler, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Pied-billed Grebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Warbler, Piping Plover, Red-cockaded woodpecker, Roseate Spoonbill, Royal Tern, Ruddy Turnstone, Snowy Egret, Swallow-tailed Kite, Tri-color Heron, White Ibis, White Pelican, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on February 27, 2014
Looking back on our recent trip to the Cape Coral/Fort Meyers area of Florida I thought I’d share some pics from a paddle we did looking for birds and other wildlife. See http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6219412 for the route. This paddle included part of The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Again we were very fortunate to hook up with our friends that are living on their boat and were in the area.
It’s not long before we start seeing things:
The water was amazingly clear but shallow and many fish were seen. Taking picture out of a canoe has it’s own set of challenges:
The paddling trail is clearly marked:
But if you get off the trail:
Great friends and great adventures:
Posted on February 23, 2014
Thought I’d return to our recent trip to Florida and share some additional images from “Ding” Darling NWR on Sanibel Island in southwest part of the state.
As mentioned in previous posts we were camping at Koreshan State Historic Site which acted as our base camp for area adventures on foot or by canoe. For our trip to “Ding” Darling we were very fortunate to be able to hook up with some friends who were in the Cape Coral area at the time of our visit. They made the brave decision a few years ago to go live on a boat full time so it’s always fun to catch up on news and hear what they’ve been up to.
The day consisted of a very slow drive through the NWR followed up by a paddle to explore the Mangroves.
The Reddish Egret was one of the first birds to draw our attention:
We saw one Wood Stork:
Although there are common we never get tired of looking at Ibis.
Spoonbills weren’t real common the day we were there:
Snowy Egrets are one of our favorite birds, note the color of their feet:
White pelicans grouped on a sandbar:
Shorebirds were common:
Yellow-crown Night Herons were fairly common:
Various types of crabs were seen:
We saw one turtle:
Even fish and other aquatic life:
Brown Anoles were everywhere!
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