Monthly Archives: September 2012

Central Ohio Metro Parks – Part 2

As a continuation of my post on Metro Parks a few weeks (found here), today I want to feature Battelle Darby Creek and Highbanks Meto Parks.

We are fortunate here in central Ohio to have a great Metro Parks system that is strongly supported by the community.  The Metro Parks system was originally established in 1945, and today is made up of 16 parks with more than 175 miles of trails, 26,000 acres of land and water in 7 central Ohio counties.  Each year more than 6 million people visit the parks to escape the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives to discover and experience nature.

 

Big Barby Creek – Click image to enlarge

The image above is a view of Big Darby Creek, a state and national scenic river from which the park gets its name.  Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is the largest Metro Park in the system with a little over 7,000 acres of prairies, fields, and forests and 18 miles of trails.  Big and Little Darby Creeks are noted nationally for their tremendous diversity and abundance of both aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals.  The creeks are home to about 100 species of fish, and 44 species of freshwater mussels.   To find out more about Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, visit their website here.

 

Lone maple leaf – Click image to enlarge

Fall has arrived in central Ohio and the image of a lone leaf floating in a small creek along the Dripping Rock Trail in Highbanks Metro Park seemed appropriate.  Even though we’re only 5 days into the fall season, the trees are already starting to show some color.  The blue sky 75 degree days and cool crisp nights are a welcome relief from the hot, humid 90+ degree days we had this past summer.  Highbanks is named for its 100-foot high shale bluffs that tower over the Olentangy State Scenic River.  The park has 11 miles of trails that take hikers through oak-hickory, and beech-maple flood plain hardwood forests.  Highbanks is also rich in Native American history.  The park contains 2 Adena Indian burial mounds and a prehistoric earthwork.  To find out more about Highbanks Metro Park, visit their website here.

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Muir Woods National Monument

Giant Redwood of Muir Woods National Monument – Click image to enlarge

Muir Woods National Monument is a remnant of the ancient coast redwood forests that covered many northern California coastal valleys before the 1800’s.  In 1905, local San Francisco businessman William Kent and his wife Elizabeth Thacher Kent bought 611 acres along Redwood Creek to protect one of the last uncut stands of old-growth redwoods from logging.  To ensure permanent protection of the redwoods, the Kents donated 295 acres of the land to the Federal Government.  President Theodore Roosevelt created Muir Woods National Monument in January of 1908.  President Roosevelt suggested naming the area after Kent, but at Kent’s request it was named after the famous conservationist John Muir, thus the name Muir Woods National Monument.  Thanks to the inspiration of John Muir and the generous gift of the Kent family, 104 years later we are still able to experience this ancient old-growth forest.  Today we are entrusted to protect this awe-inspiring place for future generations.

I have the good fortune to have family living in Mill Valley California, and for my visit to Muir Woods I was able to hike to the park from their house!  The Coast Redwoods are the tallest living things on Earth, the tallest in Muir Woods is over 252 feet and is at least 1,000 years old.  To walk among these trees is truly a humbling experience, and my images do not do these magnificent living things justice.  It is of the utmost importance that we preserve and protect these trees and other natural resources that cannot be replaced.

 

Sunbeam through the Redwoods – Click image to enlarge

 

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