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"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." - John Muir


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A Pileated Woodpecker is a stunning bird to see, hard to capture and the wuk, wuk call can be heard from afar. . #cbusmetroparks #columbusmetroparks #battelldarbymetropark #woodpecker #ohiodnr #best_birds_planet #birds #pileatedwoodpecker #ohiobirds #outdoorphotography #nikond7200 #birdphotography #nikon #tamron #planetbirds


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This Bald Eagle is trying out a new hair gel. What do you think? . #ottawanationalwildliferefuge #mageemarsh #elite_raptors #baldeagle #tamron #ohiodnr #outdoorphotography #nikond7200 #birds #birdphotography #nikon #best_birds_planet #lakeerie


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A very good day at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh. . #ottawanationalwildliferefuge #mageemarsh #elite_raptors #baldeagle #tamron #ohiodnr #best_birds_planet #nikon #nikond7200


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Rufous morphed Eastern Screech Owl just chillin' in the morning sun. . #owl #ohiodnr #outdoorphotography #ohiobirds #mohicanstateforest #mohicanriver #elite_raptors #best_birds_planet #birds #nestingowls #nikon #tamron #nikond7200


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A pair of Bald Eagles are preparing their nest for this years hatch. . #elite_raptors #baldeagle #tamron #ohiodnr #outdoorphotography #nikond7200 #birds #birdphotography #best_birds_planet #ottawanationalwildliferefuge #ohiobirds #nestingeagles


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Set up for the final days of the 2020 show going on now thru Sunday, January 19th $5 day Thursday with 2 cans of food donation! #ohiorvandboatshow #gorving #discoverboating #ohiodnr #ohio #outdoors


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An immature Bald Eagle enjoys fresh fish, sourced from the Mohican River. . #mohicanriver #outdoorphotography #birds #elite_raptors #baldeagle #mohicanstatepark #ohiostateparks #ohiodnr #best_birds_planet


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Loved having Upper Falls to myself the other day 😍


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STARBOUND ACTORS: A DECADE OF SUCCESS Hey Toledo! Our actors spent the past decade all over your tv screen! Toledo has some of the best talent in the WORLD! It is our job to take that talent, develop it, and then place it front of the right people. Our actors are busy at work and we are so proud of each and everyone of them. WOW, what a decade of incredible success! Stay tuned for what's to come in 2020! #toledoohio #toledo #thisistoledo #igers #youwilldobetterintoledo #nwohio #toledome #ohioexplored #toledoohiophotographer #ohiocaptured #ohiofindithere #model #editorial #creid #ohiomagazine #fashionmodel #perrysburg #ohionature #fashionphotography #modeling agency #ohiodnr #sylvania #naturalohio #sylvaniaohio #supportlocal #maumee #ohioautumn #inthe #ohio #bhfyp


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Plant more trees and significantly lower your consumption on single use items. That is the one good answer to reducing fossil fuel emissions. #nowindfarmshere #cleanairnow #lessismore #gogreen #sawu #ohiodnr #ohiodivisionofwildlife


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The largest #woodearmushrooms I’ve found, these were at #cowanlakestatepark yesterday on the #spillwaytrail … all in all it was a great hike. #auricularia #ohiofungi #ohiomushrooms #ohionaturelovers #ohiodnr #shotwithhalide #shotoniphonex


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Weathering the Storm With all the rain Ohio has received over the past week, I decided to take a trip over to Clifton Gorge in Yellow Springs with Siriah. Before we even reached the trailhead, the Little Miami River could be heard roaring from a distance. As we walked down into the gorge on a trail that laid next to the river, I noticed this stump. The gnarlyness of the roots and the vibrant green moss had so much character. The stump contrasted dynamically with the rapidly flowing water. I immediately knew this was my shot #ohio #ohionature #ohioisbeautiful #ohiofindithere #ohioexplored #exploreohio #explorenature #myohioadventure #nature #naturephotography #naturepreserve #nature_lovers #preserve #naturelover #naturephoto #ohiogram #yellowsprings #yellowspringsohio #ohiodnr #moodygrams #moody


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15th annual Mohican Winter Hike! Looks a little different this year than it did last year! A lot warmer and a little muddy but still a good time! #mohicanstatepark #ohstateparks #ohiodnr


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A pic from sometime last summer. I am sure I was cussing the duckweed then, however would love to see the green now! #bestbirdshots #yourbestbirds #birdnerd #ohiobirds #wildbirdsunlimited #ohiobirdnerds #backyardbirds #backyardbirding #birdsandblooms #ohiobirdnerds#greenheron


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This delightful spot is just off the North Country Trail in Caesar Creek State Park. Looks like a great hike, right? Barely a hundred yards beyond this, however, the trail gets routed up an old road so eroded by a wash-out that I don’t believe it can be traversed if the ground is even slightly muddy. . The North Country Trail is a national scenic trail, equal (on paper, anyway) to the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Like those trails, it is built and maintained largely by volunteer organizations. Unlike those trails, the NCT lacks the funds, support, and political capital necessary to build it to completion. This is especially evident in Ohio, where responsibility for the NCT has been foisted onto the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA), a private non-profit that already oversees the 1444-mile Buckeye Trail. . The NCT coincides with the BT for about 800 miles through the state. I’m sure that the BTA’s volunteers are just as dedicated as those in any other state, but their resources seem stretched thin with this double responsibility. The NCT/BT in Ohio also doesn’t seem to receive the same support and integration from public land managers that other national scenic trails in other states do. If you hike the NCT in many Ohio state parks, you find that it tends to follow existing bridle trails or park roads rather than its own singletrack path; it rarely forms the backbone of a state park or national forest trail system, the way the AT or PCT would elsewhere. Often the NCT seems placed arbitrarily through any park it traverses in Ohio, far from a park’s scenic highlights or loop trails. . In Caesar Creek, west of the dam, the NCT follows a lovely riverside pathway for about a mile before it suddenly veers away onto the unstable, gullied-out roadway to climb up to yet another paved roadwalk. A perfectly good path extends west into the state nature preserve, but because it isn’t a designated trail, you can’t enter it without a permit. Why doesn’t the NCT take advantage of this lovely pathway through the gorge instead of yet another dreary roadwalk? This is what I mean by the lack of support from the state’s public lands.


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I found some fresh looking #apothecia yesterday at #cowanlakestatepark … it was my first hike in four days since New Year’s Day because we had slow rain for three days and two nights. I also found a bunch of mushrooms and some lively turkey tails which I will post images of later. The trail I hiked yesterday was the #spillwaytrail 🥾🍄📷📲 #ohiodnr #ohionature #shotwithhalide #shotoniphonex #ohiolichens #likinglichens


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Since my dumb butt deleted all the footage, there will not be a video of today's adventure. Good news is; I can share this now. 🤪 This was my attempt to do something different at the Hocking Hills Upper Falls. Thoughts? . . . #waterfall #landscape_lover #landscape_capture #landscape_captures #landscape #hockinghills #waterfalladventures #waterfall_lover #ohio #outdoorphotography #outdoorlife #outdoorlover #newperspective #waterfalllovers #getoutside #ohioisbeautiful #ohiodnr #ohiocollective


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This healthy 12 point buck stops and looks back and checks on my whereabouts. The deer in the Columbus Metro park system have a safe haven to live and flourish. . #columbusmetroparks #blendonwoodsmetropark #12pointbuck #whitetail #ohiodnr #outdoorphotography #nikond7200 #tamron


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A fox squirrel with a very impressive tail. Daniel Boone would be proud. . #foxsquirrel #squirrel #mohicanriver #outdoorphotography #mohicanstatepark #ohiostateparks #ohiodnr #ohiowildlife #nikon


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Middle Falls - Hocking Hills State Park When I got to Hocking Hills Thursday, the sun had only been up for a short period of time yet. There was one other vehicle in the entire park when I got out of my car. As I walked down to Old Man's Cave, it really hit me that I was alone in the park. So often, Hocking Hills (specifically the Old Man's Cave area) can be overrun with visitors that it can feel like a theme park at times. Not this time. . As I walked, the grandeur of the Old Man's Cave hit me. You could hear the rushing water of the streams and waterfalls. The towering hemlock trees and rocky cliffs dwarfed me and made me remember just how small we humans are to the natural world. As I ventured down and out of the cave, I noticed the middle falls flowing. From afar, I saw a fallen log that was blanketed with a vibrant green moss. Immediately, my idea for a picture hit me. My favorite parts of waterfall images are the vibrant blues and greens. I wanted to incorporate that into my image. #ohio #ohionature #ohioisbeautiful #ohiofindithere #ohioexplored #exploreohio #explorenature #myohioadventure #740 #naturephotography #nature #naturephotos #naturelovers #naturelover #ohiogram #statepark #hockinghills #hocking #park #waterfall #waterfalls #ohiodnr #falls #mossy #moss #water #nature_lovers #nature_seekers #ohiophotography #inspiredbyohio


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Black-capped chickadee along the paved trail at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Akron, Ohio. 3 Jan 2020. #faseiberlingnaturerealm #naturerealm #blackcappedchickadee #birdinthehand #akronohio #summitmetroparks #ohiofindithere #ohiodnr


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Frosty Creek - Lake Logan State Park . This will be part one of my Hocking Hills trip that I took yesterday. . Yesterday, I woke up at the most unholy of hours and could not fall back asleep for the life of me. Despite my frustrations of not being able to sleep in on my day off, I tried to make something out of the situation. I decided to drive down to Hocking Hills before sunrise. . Surprisingly, Hocking Hills was not my first photo stop of the morning. Right as the sun was rising, I was driving past this beautiful scene. It looked like a scene from a painting rather than real life. Right away, I knew I had to try to capture its beauty. #ohio #myohioadventure #740 #exploreohio #explorenature #ohioexplored #statepark #river #creek #frost #frosty #morning #morninglight #goldenhour #naturephoto #naturephotography #nature #ohiodnr #ohiostateparks #winter #winter❄️ #winterphotography #coldweather #cold @ohiostateparks


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Happy 2020! Perfect weather for a New Year's Day hike at Buck Creek State Park. These images are taken from the north side of the lake which is more remote and has a nice view of a few small islands. #hiking #hikers #hike #newyearsday #buckcreekstatepark #ohio #ohioparks #dayton #springfieldohio #ohionature #ohiooutdoors #outdoors #optoutside #daytonhikers #sunset #beach #metroparks #gcparkstrails #clarkcountyohio #nature #ohiodnr #january #ohiostateparks


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Marblehead Lighthouse State Park - Marblehead, Ohio It appears that Siriah and I had caught the Marblehead Lighthouse in the middle of a renovation period. The Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest continuous lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Built just shortly after the War of 1812, this lighthouse has been guiding sailors for almost 200 years. #ohio #ohiofindithere #ohioisbeautiful #ohioexplored #exploreohio #lakeerie #myohioadventure #ohiodnr #odnr #lighthouse #lake #coastalliving #coastal #coast #coastline #419 #marblehead #marbleheadlighthouse #landscapephotography #landscape #hdr #hdroftheday #hdrphotography #hdrphoto #hdr_pics #ohiogram #hikeohio #ohiophotography


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Another sunset shot from Christmas Day at Wingfoot Lake State Park. #ohiodnr #wingfootlake #wingfootlakestatepark


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Mohican State Park. A dense fog created a magical haze through the forest. It was both eerie and beautiful. #ohio #mohicanstatepark #loudenville #dayton #outside #hike #hiking #hikers #fog #forest #optoutside #ohiostateparks #december #metroparks #gcparkstrails #daytonhikers #ohioamishcountry #nature #ohiodnr #ohionature


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I caught a Rainbow on Friday at Lower Dundee Falls, while showing a fellow photographer the sites!


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