Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center

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One of the best kept secrets in the Hocking Hills is Butterfly Ridge Butterfly Conservation Center. This 21-acre property has been in the owner’s family since just after the Civil War and is basically a series of woodland and flower gardens designed as habitat for native butterflies. It is fabulous.

For just five dollars, you can either go it alone or take one of the two guided hikes offered each day at one and three. If you’re like me and just want to wander around, fifty cents will buy you a booklet that helps you out along the way.

The one mile trail guides you through wetland, woods and on top of a ridge to a prairie area. It is designed as a loop so you can bail out after a mile and get back to your car quickly. Personally, I think you’ll shortchange yourself doing that. I saw some interesting things on the way back that I either missed or couldn’t see coming from the other direction.

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im_editedProfessionally done signs identify plants and trees, help you stay on trail and tell some relevant stories about the farm, the pollinators and their habitat.

It’s July so most of the flowers are spent for the year but those remaining are prolific and attract a number of butterflies and other pollinators. I saw tons of butterflies and bees as well as a few dragon flies, lots of birds, chipmunks, squirrels and a couple of deer.

The folks here are doing their part to help the environment in other ways besides looking after butterflies. The facility is solar powered and they harvest rain water. In all, it is well done and I would recommend you go visit.

Oh! And the best part? A tree house in a hundred year old Black Oak tree! Climb the steps and sit a spell, taking in the cool breeze and view. You’ll thank me later.

I plan to go back next year to see the spring wildflowers. They have a spur off the main trail that features a number of native spring wildflowers. I’ll probably aim for doing a guided tour next time but, for today, was happy going it alone with my camera and booklet. I had already been out hiking and was hoping to catch Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and didn’t want to wait for the tour.

Interested? Check out their website or follow them on Facebook!

 

Yellow!

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A search for a different picture turned up these photos from a recent car show. Yellow isn’t my favorite car color but, in this case, it works! Notice my self portrait in the second picture? I’m incapable of walking past a shiny object without taking my own picture.

Car shows are rich in people watching opportunities and the only place you can just walk up to someone’s car and ogle it without worry. It’s also a great place to play with your camera because lots of people are taking pictures and there’s a lot to look at!

Give it a whirl sometime!

 

Wonder Where It’s Been?

A car show is one of my favorite places to be on a warm summer evening. I love classic cars and they’re fun to photograph so I spent Friday night wandering around the car show at Logan’s Washboard Festival. Just as good as the cars? There are ample opportunities for people watching!

This 1966 VW Bus arrived a little late and was an immediate hit with the crowd. It’s a little rough but the faded upholstery and touches of rust give this vehicle true character.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose, but imperfections are often what give things true beauty and interest. Whether it’s a an inanimate object like a classic VW or even a person- each flaw is just a reminder that it has survived.

What’s a little rust when you consider how long this vehicle has been bouncing around the countryside? And boy- don’t you wish this car could talk? I’m dying to know where it has been and what it has seen over the last 53 years!

Urban Air

I learned this week that Urban Air is coming back to Logan this May. Imagine having your downtown taken over by several dozen Airstreams…… it’s a sight to behold, especially if you are as captivated by the romance of an Airstream as I am.

The town rolls out the red carpet for this event and there was a lot to do last year. I’m hopeful it’s just as fun this time.

Don’t worry, I’ll tell you more about the event in case you’re interested in going. I have more pictures from last year too!

Saturday Meanderings

4The forecasted rain held off Saturday so I was able to get in a morning hike. When I hit the trail, I swore that I’d hike four or five miles and then go straight home to clean house. That’s not how it worked. My house still needs cleaned because I did about 4.5 miles but then went into Logan for some antiquing.

I meandered home, stopping a few times along the way for an old cemetery, a church  and some nice barns. For those of you who were interested in the octagon barn that’s in my community,  I swung by there and grabbed a few pictures.

It was gloomy and everything here is still dormant as we anxiously await spring so that made for discouraging pictures but sometimes we just have to happy that it’s not raining. I’m dying for the grass to green up and for flowers to come in bloom. When that happens I’ll get better pictures of the octagon barn.

Meanwhile, have a look!

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A Stroll Through Logan

Tonight’s entertainment was a stroll through downtown Logan. The sun was way too high for picture taking but I tried anyway. Here are a few of my favorites.

All of those are pretty natural – a little cropping here and there but no drastic editing. I prefer a rough, grainy, real representation rather than perfection. I will never be a portrait photographer for that very reason. Ha, ha. People don’t like when you emphasize their quirks and flaws!

Here are two that I manipulated and think they look kind of neat.

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I don’t understand exactly why but one of my favorite things to do is to simply take a walk and search for details I’ve never noticed before. Rather than question, I’ll just appreciate that I’m easily entertained!