Grand River, as seen from Lake County Metropark's River Road property in Lake County, a state and national treasure. I shared a bit of last Sunday's trip HERE, focusing on the bounty of "dancer" damselflies that we found. But we saw much more, and a few photographic highlights follow.
Three major features of the Grand River can be seen in this photo. One, the thick buffer of forest, which is typical along most of the Grand's course and the reason its water quality is so good. Two, steep shale bluffs punctuate many of the river bends, providing an aesthetic contrast and providing habitat for some interesting flora and fauna. Finally, the thick bed of "grass" in the foreground is actually a dense stand of Emory's sedge, Carex emoryi. This riparian sedge is abundant along the Grand and its luxuriant growths provide habitat for many animals.
Butterflies and Skippers of Ohio book. This rather academic work was published in 1992, so after two decades it's a bit dated, but the map does show a blank for Lake County, where we saw the butterfly. A county record, apparently.
HERE. This was a "life sponge" for me, and about everyone else who has seen them here.
I am most appreciate of all the organizations that work hard to conserve the Grand River and its spectacular habitats, and I hope you get the opportunity to explore this river someday, if you haven't already.