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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.

2 Below Zero In Newark, Ohio Today

I’m trying to get better at photography and in doing that, I’ve found myself on lunch breaks out taking photos while I get a walk in. I don’t want to start finding excuses for not doing it or like other things we find excuses for, you slowly lose interest.

Newark, Ohio is more interesting when you really start taking a close look at it everyday. I didn’t say it looks better, just different.

Today I tried, but at -2 a person’s mind starts concentrating on one thing and that’s the temperature. By the time I finally found something to take a photo of, I was froze to the bone.

Sign showing 2 below 0 degrees in downtown Newark, Ohio.
2 Below 0 in Newark, Ohio

There is another cold day coming tomorrow. I look forward to the challenge.

Deer Portraits.

I’ve been pursuing a different take on wildlife photos. Most people will go out in the woods with these really expensive long lenses and get photos of the animals from far away. This never brings out the true nature of the beast. I find a nice pose creates a better portrayal of the animal. My little Canon PowerShot SX50 HS does the job with a problem.

I’ve done deer portraits before, but it’s hard to get them to smile as you can see in this photo. Click on the image for a larger version.

Closeup of a doe.
Standard portrait of a doe.

I wanted to take it a step further, so I finally got this young 8 point to ham it up a little.

First, he spots me.

8 Point Ohio Buck Deer
8 point buck in Ohio spots me.

Then, I coaxed a smile out of him.

8 point Ohio buck deer smiles for camera.
Deer smiling at the camera.

Then he walks away minding his own business.

8 point Ohio buck walking away calmly.
8 Point Ohio buck walking away from me after a portrait.

That’s all their is to it. Get out there and enjoy Ohio’s great outdoors. There’s lots to see and do, even in the winter.

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.

 

 

Winter’s Not So Bad Yet

Come March I’ll be really tired of the usual Ohio Winter. I miss my motorcycle, but it’s nice to have a change of scenery. Sights like these aren’t all that bad so long as the power stays on for heat.

Land Rover in the snow.
A Land Rover(somewhere around mid-60’s model) makes it to the Hallmark shop regardless of the snow.
Licking County Courthouse in the snow.
Newark, Ohio Courthouse in the morning snow.

 

Making tracks in the January snow in Newark, Ohio.
Just enough snow in Newark, Ohio in January to let us know it’s Winter on this fine January day.