I mentioned that we played hooky one day last week at the Hayden Run falls. Here are some pictures from that jaunt. Above, the falls, being captured by my wife’s iPhone. Yes, she is getting just a little testy with my meta inclinations. But she graciously put her phone back up so I could create this shot after I whimpered and gave her my best puppy-dog-eyes.
Almost as soon as we arrived, we spied a great blue heron landing in the creek. It explored a little bit, then moved out to the wider river. They aren’t terribly rare along the rivers of Columbus, but it is just so darn cool to see a bird that big.
Just a few steps down the trail after spotting the great blue heron, we spied a green heron. I don’t know that I’ve ever encountered these two birds in the same outing. I’m not sure I remember the last time I saw a green heron in the wild. That day, we saw two green herons and one or two great blues (hard to know if it flew off and came back, or just flew off). The green above spent a long time hunting in the shallows of the creek and was really cute to watch as it slowly, deliberately watch for unsuspecting fish. In the 10 minutes we watched, it didn’t go after a single fish.
The area under the Bethel Road bridge is easily accessible, and provides for some interesting photographic opportunities. I’ll definitely keep it in mind for a future band shoot.
And finally, I’ve repeated the image of us shooting each other, ’cause I love it so much. Good times playin’ hooky.