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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.