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A Good And Cold Day For A Hike At Dawes Arboretum

Today was a windy and cold day which really isn’t all that bad if you’re going on a short hike at Dawes Arboretum. The place is usually crowded, but in the winter, it gets far fewer visitors. All that you hear on a winter day is the wind and the hawk’s screeching.

Dawes is an interesting place that is maintained by a trust from the Dawes Family. It’s a mix of nature and man’s interference. There are both areas of native plants in their natural setting and plants that are completely out of place, like a cypress swamp in Ohio.

Windmill on the snow covered trail at Dawes Arboretum
A windmill on the snow-covered trail at Dawes Arboretum near Newark, Ohio.
Snow covered bridge on a trail at Dawes Arboretum
Snow covered bridge on a trail at Dawes Arboretum.
Winter photo of Chinese Redwood trees at Dawes Arboretum.
Rare Chinese Redwood grove at Dawes Arboretum in the winter.
Rusted gears on old farm machinery.
Rusted gears on old farm machinery.
Hawk at Dawes Arboretum.
A hawk from very, very far away. To far for my camera really, but I still like to record the ones that I see.
Passenger jet in flight.
Jet in flight.

A friend told me a weight loss tip a while back, “At least once a week go somewhere for a long hike.”. It’s been paying off and more than in weight loss. It improves your mental well-being to get out in the fresh air. You see things that may not be important, but that are interesting. It’s a great relief from the usual. It wasn’t like he was telling me something I didn’t know, but the advice made me think to actually plan and do it.

Sunlight In The Woods

I took a lot of time to hike this year in an effort to improve my health and my photography. The exercise helps more than with the initial goal of the waistline. It helps make you happier in general. There’s something about seeing how nature works . When photographing it, you start looking closer and it makes me appreciate it more.

In this photo, it’s Fall and the sun is coming through the trees giving the forest floor light at Fanchion Park in Granville, Ohio. These trees are sparse because man planted them that way, but in a natural growth, it could be a naturally thinning of the trees.

Sunset in the woods shines light on tall plants on the forest floor.
Sunlight coming through to the forest floor allows tall plant growth.

This natural layer of plants on the forest floor over time will die and fertilize the ground. The thinner the trees, the higher the plants grow beneath them. The trees will drop seed and more saplings will start. The constant process will keep going. That’s how forests are formed.

Of course, that’s just a partial brief explanation. There are animals and all sorts of other living creatures that partake in the process. The closer you look at it, the more you see.

I’m finding it beneficial to keep hiking the same paths because I’ve started to learn where the light is going to be interesting for photography. Timing and location are important factors in capturing the changes of light and in a dimly lit forest, it’s even more important.

Ash Cave In Hocking Hills With Ice

Ash Cave is the easiest part of Hocking Hills State Park to hike to. It’s so easy that wheelchairs can get back to see it.

The 700 foot span of open sandstone recess is one of the most impressive natural wonders in Ohio. Add in some snow and ice and it’s even more beautiful.

There is a more rugged upper trail, but without spikes for ice on your shoes, it’s not wise to attempt in the winter.

Trail To Ash Cave at The Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Icy creek along the trail to Ash Cave.
Ice at the bottom of the waterfall at Ash Cave in Ohio.
A waterfall forms a collection of ice at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park.
Ash Cave At Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Wide view of the 700 foot Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park.

 

 

50 Degree December Day In Hocking Hills

What better to do with a 50 degree day in December than to head to Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills is exceptionally interesting in the winter, but it’s also difficult and dangerous due to ice. At 50 degrees, I thought it might be an easy chance at some winter shots of the area and for the exception of a few icy patches and large icicles dropping, it was fun.

Here are some of the photos from my hike.

Visitors peer into the Devil's Bathtub at Old Man's Cave State Park in Ohio.
Visitors Looking Into The Devil’s Bathtub At Old Man’s Cave State Park
Hocking Hills cliffs with icicles.
Icicles On Cliffs In The Hocking Hills
Icicle Melting In The Sunlight
 Devil's Bathtub At Old Man's Cave
Devil’s Bathtub At Old Man’s Cave
Stairs On the Old Man’s Cave Trails
Upper Falls At Old Man’s Cave State Park
Ice On Cliff Walls At Old Man’s Cave State Park

 

Nice September Day For Photos In Licking County, Ohio

I need exercise, so I’ve been walking around Dawes Arboretum quite a bit. It’s really nice to walk out there as there is so much to see along the walk. I take my camera and it never fails that I get at least a few good photos out of the walk. Here are a few from today.

Wildflower meadow near Newark, Ohio at Dawes Arboretum.
Wildflower Meadow at Dawes Arboretum In Newark, Ohio
Old corn crib interior.
Abandoned Corn Crib At Dawes Gives Some Interesting Light Patterns.
Butterfly on goldenrod flower.
Butterfly On Goldenrod.