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June in Ohio.

June 20, 2011

Spring has eased into early summer, but nesting continues, and the hottest part of the year is still to come.

It’s a transition month.  Spring’s changeable weather is being replaced with summer’s smoother flow.  It’s not raining as much as it was.   The whites, pinks and lavenders of flowering ornamental trees and bushes have given way to a solid green along wood edges and meadows.  The wildflowers of summer start to replace those of spring.

Out in the woods, White Avens replaces Mayapple as a common white flower in bloom.  Full summer foliage fills out the canopies of trees.

The nesting season that got going in earnest in May has continued into this month; you may notice familiar birds making different sounds, such as starlings buzzing.  Juveniles join parents in trees and yards.

This is also the month that you’ll see tick warning signs going up in some parks.  Pay heed to them throughout the summer!

On a more pleasant insect note, fireflies are glowing at twilight.  Enjoy them during this month of summer’s introduction.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2011 2:50 pm

    Following your posts is like having my very own field guide to the midwest outdoors which works as I am in Michigan!

  2. June 21, 2011 7:53 am

    Ohio looks beautiful in June. 🙂 Your photos are great.
    I like the tick warning signs. I think perhaps every park should post them just to may the visitors more aware.

  3. June 21, 2011 5:32 pm

    The fireflies have been putting on quite show up here in the northeastern corner of Ohio, too. It’s one of the things I like about summer. 🙂

    Your photos are lovely, and I enjoy hearing about what’s going on in other parts of Ohio.

  4. June 22, 2011 8:44 am

    Oh, beautiful photos!! I love your description of June, it definitely is a transition period. I miss fireflies, they don’t seem to live here in the UK, but I remember loads where I lived in Ontario. Also good to see tick warning signs, a forest ecologist friend of mine had a nasty bout with Lyme’s disease a few summers back. She still has to take anti-inflammatories because the doctor was very slow to pick up on what it was, so by the time they figured it out her joints were way too swollen for her to move her hands properly anymore. So, I for one am happy to see the tick signs! Wonderful post, love your entries!

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