Waterfall Adventure

We heard rumors of a “secret” waterfall that was only accessible to those with a strong sense of adventure and a willingness to get wet. As it turns out, the rumors are true.

Step One: climb over an old dam
Step Two: hike up a raging creek bed
Step Three: find the waterfall!
Step Four: walk right up underneath of it


Not very good at snake identification. Adding to the difficulty is that these snakes were (probably) immature: the first only about 6-7″ long, the second about 12″.

Unknown Snake / Chippewa Inlet Trail / 2022-10-22
Unknown Snake / Chippewa Inlet Trail / 2022-10-22

Clear-winged Grasshopper

This small grasshopper was found on the leaf of a daylily in our landscaping. I know very little about grasshoppers, but I believe it to be a Clear-winged Grasshopper, which are widespread in North America but only found in the most northern areas of Ohio.

Likely Clear-winged Grasshopper / The Backyard / 2022-07-16


Dolichopodidae, or the long-legged flies, are a large family of “true flies” with more than 7,000 described species. Or so says wikipedia. They also tend to have beautiful metallic colors. These two were spotted on the pepper plants in my garden. I believe they were involved in a mating ritual or territorial dispute. The one in flight was performing a hovering/flyby act while the other watched.

Long-legged Fly / The Pepper Garden / 2022-06-18

Long-legged flies are not garden pests, and may even be helpful. These were very small at around 5mm, and it was quite a challenge to get a picture with both of them, and in focus! However, there something else in the garden with them. It was an even smaller fly that I would estimate at 2-3mm, (possibly also Dolichopodidae), which I lost track of and was unable to photograph. Sad!