Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Hoover Meadows evening

Springtime in Ohio brings peepers by the thousands. Listening to these tiny frogs in the evening of a sunny April day is a real pleasure. At Hoover Meadows there are several ponds where the peepers are abundant. I've not yet seen an actual frog, but their presence is obvious as soon as you enter the reserve. Wear waterproof boots if you visit - the trails are pretty muddy and have standing water in many places. Also, be aware that tick season has begun...

Ohio Landscape

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Campus morning in monochrome

Yesterday was the last day of classes for Spring semester. I gave my undergraduate evolution class students their last midterm. I'm still grading the papers and take-home exams for my graduate course students. But, otherwise, my schedule is a little less busy - so much so that I felt free to take a morning walk around campus on my way to my office. I decided to carry my Fuji XE-1 camera with me to school again, and this was one of the photos I made during this morning walk.

Morning on campus

Monday, April 21, 2014

Well, hello there!

Steve and I enjoyed spending time at Pickerington Ponds and Blacklick Metro parks yesterday morning. On the way back to our car at Blacklick, I spotted this starling up in a tree. It was scratching its head, but in the photo I made, it appears to be waving "hello." Very friendly, I thought.

Well, hello there!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hurray for nicer weather

We had snow last Monday - an April 15 snow storm? How very strange this year's weather has been - brutally cold for months and then some oscillations of warm, spring-like days with freezing ones. My spring flowers are holding up, despite the weird conditions. The crocuses are pretty much done, though. They were pretty while they lasted.

Crocus

Friday, April 18, 2014

Let me out?

My sentiments, exactly, Topper! Today is the last day of lecturing for me this semester. I have LOTS of grading to do over the next several days, but then it's a wrap. I'm very much looking forward to getting to the backlog of stuff that has been on hold during spring semester. And, I'm looking forward to some of the fun activities with family and friends over the next few months. I wonder if my lathe still works? I wonder if I can find my carving bench in my messy shop.....

Let me out?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sunset and peepers

Last Saturday Steve and I visited Hoover Meadows at dusk. The peeper choruses were wonderful in their frenzy of mate seeking. I'm amazed that such a huge sound can come from such a tiny frog. Amplify that by hundreds and it's an experience to remember.

Sunset at Hoover meadows

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Puddles can be lovely

As I was leaving Mudhen Marsh last Sunday, I saw these tufts of grass in a puddle. I'm a sucker for symmetrical reflection imagery, so I made this photo to remind me of the lovely morning spent birding and chatting with friends.
Nature study - puddle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Early morning serenity in monochrome

Hoover reservoir
Hoover Reservoir this past Sunday morning. The beginning of a lovely spring day. Usually I like to post color photos, but the geometry of this image was very suitable for black and white processing. I use Adobe Lightroom with Silver Efex Pro 2 for my monochrome processing.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It finally feels like Spring around here.

Winter was long and brutally cold this year. This past week the weather has changed and it feels as if Spring will be here for awhile. My crocus and daffodils are in bloom. Some of the early spring ephemerals are blooming along the rivers and in the Metro parks. I wish I had more time to get out for some photo walks. Alas, one more week of classes and lecture prep. More grading, writing a final midterm exam, and then the semester will be done.

Here's a look at some of my flowers in the garden this week:

Crocus

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Still life of bowls

Steve and I joined a bunch of photographers last Saturday for a visit to Glass Axis. We watched a glass blowing demonstration, which was a nice opportunity for taking photos, although it was a bit crowded with 20 photographers jammed into a tight space. Here's one of my photos from the visit.

Glass Axis visit

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Shale Hollow Preserve - a nice park in Delaware County

A few weeks ago, Steve and I had a chance to visit a park we've not been to before. It's called Shale Hollow Preserve and it's just a little north of Highbanks Metro Park. There is some lovely scenery and a nice trail to walk. It's open to pets, so we'll like return there to walk the dogs sometime in the near future. Here's a photo of some shale in the creek.

Shale pattern

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I'm way too busy this semester!

I've not had a lot of time to do things I enjoy since the beginning of the year. Teaching two courses, writing three grant proposals, and getting a manuscript off my desk and "in press" has meant long hours and working through the weekend. This photo is from a year ago... I'd like to get out to do some spring ephemeral photography, but I just don't see it happening this year.

Wood Hyacinth
Wood Hyacinth - Whetstone Park.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last of the snow?
We had some more snow over the weekend. Maybe this will be the last of this extended winter? One hopes. I've been so busy at work that I've not been outside much, but I'm hoping that will change a bit - very soon....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Euphorbia

Euphorbia by andiwolfe
Euphorbia, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.

From the Richtersveld in South Africa.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nature studies series: Winter beech leaves

Winter beech leaf


Shale Hollow Preserve in Delaware County. Steve and I visited this park for the first time last weekend. The forest has a lot of young beech trees, which hang onto their leaves through the winter.  The landscape this past weekend was a study in grays and browns, but I like the contrasts for these gentle winter shades.