Thursday, April 29, 2010
Whew! It's been quite a week. Between trying to watch all 13 episodes of AMC's Mad Men: Season 3 on DVD before it was due back to the library (check!), and opening a photo exhibit here in Worthington I'm ready for a break. But oh wait- Flora-quest starts tomorrow I've never participated in this really awesome two day event, but I'm looking forward to it, I think it will be an absolute blast. The Shawnee and Edge of Appalachia Regions are just amazing at this time of year- I hope warblers are dripping from the trees and the ground is exploding with blooms.
In preparation for the trip, I popped the memory card from my Canon d10 into the computer, an all conditions, waterproof camera affectionately dubbed "the blueberry". I've since learned that its design was inspired by a cartoonish chubby polar bear wearing a blue shirt riding up with an exposed belly button- I'm not making this up- only our friends from Japan could come up with this stuff. Go here to see what I mean and click on the blue camera.
Anyways, I popped in the card, thinking I would find only photos that I took- but this one just made me grin ear to ear. Great shot Megan
Now you know the camera that took the picture, and the person who took it, but just look at him. It's been a while since I've posted images of Weston here, and that might be too long. Look at that hair, the maturity, the desire, the will, the upturned collar. We've got a little boy on our hands- no longer a baby.
Next Wednesday, from 6-8, there will be a reception for myself and Mike Heisey, the other photographer featured at "the mac" Everyone is invited.
Monday, April 26, 2010
A few years ago, I added my blog to a fledgling site called "The Nature Blog Network". When I first signed on, about 50 or so nature bloggers were listed in this directory of nature enthusiasts. Since that time, over 1000 blogs are listed and the site has grown to include its own blog. This week, my blog is featured at the Nature Blog Network- If you haven't visited or registered your blog with natureblognetwork.com, what are you waiting for?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Back when Megan and I lived a mere one minute walk from the Olentangy River, this was a bird that I got to know well. When I visited my old stomping grounds on Saturday April 10th, this male yellow-throated warbler was calling incessantly from the branch tips of a towering riverside sycamore.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Bullfrogs and American Toads are the only anuran species I've found at Kenney Park. In a small stream like this, I would expect to see green frogs as well, but they just aren't around. The bullfrog is king. This is probably North America's most resilient frog species- they can eat just about anything and they have even been introduced to areas of the country and are now considered invasive in those places.
Monday, April 19, 2010
As I briefly mentioned in a previous post, I've been extremely busy working on something, and now, I can finally make the announcement. I was asked to participate in a two person photography exhibit entitled "Eyes of a Naturalist" at the Peggy McConnell Arts center here in Worthington beginning at the end of April. I am SUPER PUMPED about this exciting opportunity. I welcome you all to come take a look at my passion for the last few years- documenting Ohio's natural world. And thank you to everyone who has inspired me as a naturalist, an artist, and a person- you are why I'm here doing what I'm doing.
This is bird #101 for my 2010 list. It's a thrush, but which one? I photographed this in a Amur honeysuckle bush in Kenney Park last Saturday in Columbus. My best guess? A hermit thrush, judging by the reddish tail, but this bird just doesn't seem to have much of an eye ring. Help!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Here you can see how the older, lower flowers on the Dutchman's breeches go to fruit more quickly than the upper flowers. Watch how the "pants" wither away, revealing the ovary containing developing seeds.
Today I'm participating in the "Today's Flowers" meme, for more flower images, go here.
For those of you from around the world that aren't familiar with this plant, it grows in rich woodlands mostly in the eastern North America, although there are disjunct populations in Oregon, Washington State, and Idaho. This flower blooms in the spring time before the trees towering above it get their new leaves.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The lack of posts this week was with reason- I've been busy working at something, something that I'm extremely excited about, which I'll soon announce here.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Just when I thought my invasive species illness from the lesser celandine couldn't get any worse, I read this post from the "The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself". This plant is going to cover every floodplain in Ohio sooner than later.
You are invited to the very first Ohio Nature Photographers photowalk. Come join me and Steve Wolfe ( a participant of the 2009 Everest Trek with Chris Marquart and Jon Miller) at Kenney Park this Sunday morning at 9:00 am.
All the details can be found in this post at the Ohio Nature Photographers group at FLICKR. Everyone is invited, just let me know if you can come, it will be fun.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I returned to my old stomping grounds this afternoon, and to my foolishness, I was shocked to see how much more lesser celandine, Ranuncus ficaria, there was along the floodplain of the Olentangy River. In this area alone, there were at least 30 virginia bluebell plants just two years ago. Today? There was ONE PLANT. This species is such a nasty, agressive invader of floodplains, it just makes me sick.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
But I digress. I have been to Hoover boardwalk before, seeing the two Osprey nesting platforms, but no sign of Ospreys. A few days before my visit, I read a tip posted to the Ohio Birds Listserve that a pair of ospreys had been sighted in the area, so my recent visit was to specifically to see and possibly photograph the ospreys.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
This is my contribution to this week's Camera Critters Meme.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
I don't want to ever sound like I'm a know it all, but quite frankly, there just aren't that many creatures in Ohio that really get my mind spinning. However- yesterday after work, I spotted this really weird thing in our front yard, and I just had to take pictures. What the heck happened? Did someone let out their red-eared slider and it happened to find a female robin and chase it down? To be quite honest, this thing is still puzzling me, perhaps I should contact some of my birding friends to see if they could possibly offer up an explanation.