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January in Ohio.

January 21, 2012

Stopping by Woods One Snowy Morning

Apologies to Robert Frost, but a recent experience put me in mind of his wonderful poem.

January is deep winter.  Those late autumn and early winter months, teetering on the divide between warm and cold, are over with.  It’s official- the cold is here.  It’s the time of year when nature lives closer to the bone, when skeletal trees fill the woods under a snowy blanket.

Last week I went to Highbanks Metro Park just north of Columbus and took a morning hike through the woods and fields there, getting done shortly before it started to rain.  I thought I’d highlight those January scenes I saw during this excursion.

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  1. January 21, 2012 7:50 pm

    Great shots of the scenery and birds; it’s amazing what you can find out there in the world around us. There are so many amazing things – on this planet – we just have to open up to it.Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

  2. January 21, 2012 8:30 pm

    I enjoyed the hike, everything is so beautiful through your lens.

  3. January 21, 2012 9:00 pm

    An excellent day, winter in the woods, got to love it!

  4. January 21, 2012 10:33 pm

    Hands down, my favorite post yet. The photos speak for themselves, no words necessary. Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!! Margie

  5. Jo Woolf permalink
    January 22, 2012 1:50 am

    Lovely photos, you notice things that many people would just walk past. I love the bird pics – what are the species in the 10th & 11th pics, and on the feeder?

    • January 22, 2012 9:54 am

      Thanks, Jo! The bird in photo #10 is a White-Breasted Nuthatch searching intently for food (hidden insects & their eggs) in a Honey Locust tree, and the bird in photo #11 is a Tufted Titmouse, a species that often doesn’t stay still long enough for a portrait but I got lucky with this one!

      The birds at the feeder are a male House Finch (the guy with the wine-colored patches) and American Goldfinches in their dapper winter plumage. It’s always fun to end up a hike at Metro Parks near a nature center, where they often have feeders to attract our feathered friends. The 2 pictures following the feeder picture were taken there too.

      • Jo Woolf permalink
        January 22, 2012 12:53 pm

        Thank you! I thought no.10 might be a nuthatch or a treecreeper. The Titmouse is cute! The House Finch looks a little bit like our Redpoll, but with more colour.

  6. January 22, 2012 6:11 am

    You had a busy day. Most enjoyable post.

  7. January 22, 2012 8:43 am

    You’ve captured the beauty of winter with these photos, Tracy. I love the second one – the sculptural bare tree branches against the winter blue sky – it resonates with me somehow. I love the birds, too, little splashes of color – what would winter be without them?

    What kind of bird is the big one in “jo12 (19)”?

    • January 22, 2012 9:50 am

      Thanks, Barbara! The bird in the 14th photo down is a Red-Tailed Hawk- this bird was up in a tree above a path along the edge of a field looking for its breakfast and decided that I wasn’t much of an interruption as I walked below it 🙂 Apparently it’s used to park visitors!

    • January 22, 2012 10:33 am

      Red-Tails have that very noble look- almost as if they’re looking disdainfully out upon the world. They’re mostly solitary birds. It’s difficult to tell what sex they are, unfortunately- most hawks are like that. Very cool birds!

    • January 27, 2012 2:06 pm

      Yikes! That’s interesting- ‘The Birds’ was a creepy film, too!

  8. January 22, 2012 10:36 am

    Great photos as usual. Is that a yellow-rumped warbler I see? I didn’t realize these little birds stayed this far North during the winter. Anyway, love your bird photos.

  9. January 22, 2012 12:26 pm

    Your winter looks much like mine this year (we are currently getting some snow, so that will change soon). Great photos … while looking at them I just realized that I have not seen any woodpeckers at my feeders this winter … very unusual.

  10. January 22, 2012 1:35 pm

    Love how you got that pileated woodpecker in focus through the branches.

    • January 22, 2012 3:42 pm

      More on this in a future post- those birds are simply magnificent!

      I got maybe 6 decent pictures of this species- along with two dozen poor pictures- in all of the frantic picture-taking I was doing when a pair of them flew into some nearby trees.

  11. January 22, 2012 7:26 pm

    Lovely details in the winter landscape!

  12. January 22, 2012 8:27 pm

    I love those scenes of winter! I love to walk through winter landscapes too!

  13. January 22, 2012 8:56 pm

    You have a very good eye. Some outstanding pictures.

  14. January 23, 2012 1:46 am

    Gorgeous photos. I can almost feel the cold air on my face and see the wee birdies dancing around the park. 🙂

  15. January 23, 2012 10:21 am

    Wow, you were treated to a lot of beautiful things to shoot… all the types of birds, the trees, the sun, etc. I envy the ability to walk through the woods and snap photographs of that raw beauty. Thank you so much for taking me with you, via your beautiful photographs! 🙂

  16. January 23, 2012 2:15 pm

    Wonderful post, I so enjoyed this walk with you. The woods remind me so much of my own little woodland (everything except the flat field – that is very Ohio, not the Pennsylvania hills!) You have a real gift for capturing birds on camera – I see and hear my woodpeckers, cardinals, etc., but I rarely capture them with the camera. Thanks for sharing this moment in time.

  17. January 25, 2012 11:05 am

    Those diverse traces of red must really make your day when the weather is so cold and bleak.

    Steve Schwartzman

    • January 27, 2012 11:04 am

      Indeed Steve, in particular I like how all of Ohio’s (male) woodpeckers have red on them somewhere.

  18. January 25, 2012 6:03 pm

    Beautiful. I love how the birds add so much color to winter. 🙂

  19. January 26, 2012 10:07 pm

    Beautiful photos! My daughter was just accepted to college in Ohio and everyone keeps saying OHIO??!! We know Ohio has it’s pretty spots! (I’m originally from NJ!)

    • January 27, 2012 12:04 pm

      Thanks! Ohio is one of those states that’s sort of off the radar screen- sure, there’s a lot of flat farmland and it’s perhaps not the most scenic state, but there’s plenty to see here, and if you like parks there’s a LOT of them. The Metro Park system of central Ohio is excellent. The southeast part of the state is hilly and actually part of Appalachia, in the south you have the Ohio River and Wayne National Forest, and of course there’s Lake Erie to the north. And quite a few interesting natural areas in between. Economically things aren’t as good as they should be, but central Ohio is in good shape.

      Best of luck to your daughter- there’s a good amount of solid universities here too 🙂

  20. January 30, 2012 3:21 pm

    Thanks for the comments everybody!

  21. February 1, 2012 6:16 am

    Beautiful photos. The colorful birds of Ohio are just beautiful….the red bird is a standout….warms up any cold Winter. It’s fascinating how nature balances everything. Thanks for today’s inspiration. Have a great day.


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