Saturday, October 18, 2014

Familiar Bluets and more

Here are some more pics from last week's visit to the Scioto Audubon Metro Park for eileeninmd's Saturday's Critter's #46.

These are Familiar Bluets:

I guess this is a Clouded Sulphur:

I've always walked to the Scioto Audubon from the east along Whittier Street, it's about 1.6 miles. Google maps told me I could get there by taking the Scioto Greenway trail from the north (1.7 miles). I figured I'd try that way to go back home.

So this is why there was a "Road Closed" sign blocking the trail a little ways back.

Nice view of the city over the rubble, though.

So now what do I do? I don't really want to walk all the way back via Whittier Street at this point. But I did see a path through the woods just before the fence with the "Road Closed" sign.

And it goes to the railroad tracks and back to civilization. Thanks, path-makers! And I'll make this another contribution to Carmi's Patterns post.

Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.


TexWisGirl said...

i like the damsels.

eileeninmd said...

The Damsels are pretty and I love the Sulphur too. Great shots!

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Alexia said...

Very nice. Is the Unfamiliar Bluet a recognised critter?

Some mess they've made of that riverbank/bed area - will anyone clean it up, or will it just be left for the next flood?

Hannah said...

The Damselflies are so pretty, the blue ones always looked so wonderful to me, so tiny and delicate.

Stewart M said...

Nice images of the damsel flies.

Thats a bit od a mess I have to say!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Pretty Damsels. Have a good week.

betty-NZ said...

That color of blue is marvelous on that damselfly.

Anni said...

Great read...and excellent photos.

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful dragonflies...neat place to walk. Loved the bridge shot too.

Bob Scotney said...

The Bluet's pattern is the best. I marvel every time I see one.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Yes, Alexia, there is an Unfamiliar Bluet:

Hagen's Bluet - This species is highly similar to another Enallagma species, Enallagma civile (Familiar Bluet).

The mess is because of a project designed to lower the amount of storm water overflows that pour sewage into the Scioto River.

A 95 ton drill is chewing through rock under the city of Columbus at a cost of $341 million dollars.

But two miles into the 4 mile project, problems arose when engineers, "started noticing a year ago that progress in the tunnel wasn't as we hoped," said George Zonders, spokesperson for the Department of Public Utilities for the City of Columbus.

The city says progress began to slow when the giant drill encountered too much water.

Then the rocks it was tearing off were coming in chunks bigger than the equipment could crush causing the drill to stop.

"When you get 20 stories underground you're going to find things that are different than what you anticipated," said Zonders.


Pat said...

Nice shots of the damselflies.

Alexia said...

Thank you for the links, thunder. Those bluets are beautiful, delicate creatures - familiar or not.

As for the tunnel... *shakes head*
Typical example of question-dodging bureaucratic verbiage: "The question is: Will the delay cost taxpayers? And how much?

The answer is, no one really knows.

"It's really going to depend on when we get to the end of the project and we look back what have we incurred what do we need to do. In all likelihood it will cost more than we originally projected," he says.


Jim H. said...

You don't expect to see that lovely shade of blue in nature (unless it's a sky).

What happened to the city? Was there a flood in the river that caused all that rubble?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

The best thing about damselflies is how mellow they are. I have often had them just land on my person without demonstrating the slightest bit of fear.

21 Wits said...

Oh these are just sweet! You really know how to capture these lovely bits of nature! Did you know Carmi put up When night falls? Not sure when he posted it, but it's up and my post is up!

DeniseinVA said...

Great nature shots, thanks for stopping by.