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Birds At Dawes Arboretum

Just A Few Of The Birds And Butterflies At Dawes Arboretum

Today I took my lunch at Dawes Arboretum. What a great Spring day to take a few minutes observing wildlife. I went to the newer swamp area today and the birds were very active.

The Butterflies

I don’t know how one can look at a butterfly and not want to photograph it. They are graceful, delicate, beauty. It seems that they are all a unique piece of artwork.

Butterfly with orange and black markings.
An orange and black butterfly.
Black and blue butterfly.
Butterfly with black and blue markings.

Dawes Arboretum Has Birds In Abundance

There are many species of birds that thrive at Dawes Arboretum. Today, I was lucky to find red-tailed hawks and a Green Heron. This was my first time seeing a green heron, It stalked fish in the pond.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight.
Red-tailed hawk in flight.
Green Heron hunting in the swamp.
Green Heron hunting in the Dawes Arboretum swamp.
Blue heron in flight.
Blue heron flying.

Buckeye Lake In Early March


 

Buckeye Lake Starting To Rise Again

This video is from the state park on the north shore of the lake. It seems to me that the Buckeye Lake is up more than 1 foot, but local news is saying that they’re allowing the lake to rise 1 foot. This must be encouraging for businesses in the area.

The lake level has been down very low for quite some time. There were fears of a dam breach and repairs were made. Personally, I’m excited to see what the lake will be like after the changes and I am optimistic.

Social Media Constraints


Cattails in the early winter.
Cattails in the early winter after being ravaged by birds. Birds use the stringy seeds to make nests.

Constraints often improve an artist’s work. I don’t consider myself an “artist”, but I do undertake creative endeavors. Writing and photography are forms of art, I just don’t like to compare anything I do with so many other somewhat unrelated fields like painting. I have found that limits do free your time and keep your works withing boundaries, financial and otherwise.

A constraint I’m adding is far, far less time on Facebook. More time walking, writing and photographing. Less time arguing the finer points of politics and other things that Facebook is a lacking platform for.

It’s already led me to a Sunday afternoon hiking in a field. That’s when this photo was captured.

Day 70 365 Project

Deer photo taken with Canon SX50 Superzoom.
Deer from 650 feet with a Canon SX50 camera.

Today’s photo was a fun. I snuck up on deer and turkey in a large field. As I closed in, the turkey caught sight of me before the deer, raised hell, and took off into the woodline.

These long distance shots aren’t the highest quality, but they’re good enough to tell the story. Superzooms are so much fun because you can get into wildlife and other types of photography without a huge investment.

The Old Trees At Dysart Park In Ohio


Ancient trees at Dysart Woods.
Ancient trees at Dysart Woods Park in Belmont County, Ohio.

I read about the trees at Dysart Woods Park in Ohio and decided to check them out. It was awesome to be standing in the oldest forest in Ohio with these huge trees. They made one feel small.

There was one undeniable fact though. They were so old they were dying. Dead timber was everywhere.

Massive Oak Tree
Massive oak tree in Dysart Park in Ohio.

In all of the posts that I read concerning the effects that coal mining may have in the area, they never mentioned just how poor of condition that these trees are already in. They’ll tell you that the coal companies are going to kill off 400 year old trees for shock value, but forget to tell you that these trees are falling over on their own already.

The Ohio State government has granted the coal company the permit to mine under sections of Dysart, so we’ll find out how this goes over the years to come.