Ohio, Land of Trees, Fields and Vultures

I feel like celebrating Ohio. Ohio, that, like most of the country, voted on Tuesday to re-elect President Obama.

We were in central Ohio a few weeks ago. It is a land of farms and fields.

Fields of horses.

Fields of grain.

And fields of I know not what.

It’s a land of country roads.

On the road out of Gambier, Ohio.

And magnificent trees,

stunning in the mid-October turning of their leaves.

It’s a land of old graveyards along the roadside,

with graves guarded by lambs.

A smaller graveyard nestled on the campus of Kenyon College.

Kenyon College Cemetery

Nearby, crows gathered atop a college building.

Oh, okay. They’re not real crows.

They are beautifully alive sculptures that capture both the lively individuality of crows and their complex social interactions.

The crows were created by Kenyon graduate Peter Woytuk, whose work with animals, including crows, has been seen all over New York City, including in front of the subway station at 72nd Street and Broadway (click photo to visit article).

Ohio also revealed itself as the Land of Vultures. We saw scores of turkey vultures like the one below, circling high and swooping low, over roads, fields, barns, and campus. (We also saw hawks, but I don’t know what they were.)

I imagine the leaves are mostly gone by now. So let’s take one more look at Ohio in mid-October glory.

The Middle Path at Kenyon College.

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24 Comments on “Ohio, Land of Trees, Fields and Vultures”

  1. Mr. Mantooth Says:

    The top photo with the red barns is so wonderful. I want a copy. The entire post is a marvel too.Almost missed this Ohio treasure until tonight. Must keep up with Out Walking The Dog!

  2. getwaggit Says:

    Beautiful photos of my beloved midwest. Can’t get enough of those fall colors. Wondering when the first snow will happen!

  3. Daniel Says:

    I like the photos of the side mirrors.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    I happened to come back to this post a second time and I just read all the nice things other people have said about Ohio in the comments. Makes a nice change from telling people I’m from Ohio and having them reply “I’m sorry.” (This has happened. Twice.) Yeah, the Buckeye State pretty much rocks.


    • Rebecca, I know how you feel. I lived in Texas for 16 years, and the stock responses to the very word “Texas” from our east coast friends, family and acquaintances was often pretty appalling. Glad to share a little Buckeye love.

  5. Donna Says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures.

  6. Charlotte Says:

    Ah, beautiful. Makes me more fond of the old buckeye state.

  7. Maggie Says:

    Ever been in Hinckley Ohio for Buzzard Day? They’re actually vultures–there are no true buzzards in North America. The town celebrates when the vultures return from migration. Gotta love a state that welcomes the vultures back every year.


    • Maggie, Buzzard Day sounds like my kind of celebration. I had no idea – will have to look into it. I’m wondering if the vultures were still migrating when I saw them, or if this is just Central Ohio’s normal vulture load. Do you know?

  8. Barbara Says:

    Wonderful celebration of a great US state – one that recognized that we all need to come together. Great shots Melissa – a delightful trip – thanks so much for sharing. Really loved this post.


  9. Thanks Ohio, from the rest of the world :)

    As with the UK, your election campaign and US politics makes me generally pessimistic about the future and alarmed by some of the extreme views held and pandered to by mainstream politicians. I guess all we, the 99%, can do is campaign where we see injustice and self-interest and hope that in the future, politicians are able to see further than the short term election cycle and strive to make the planet a better place for all its inhabitants and not just the fortunate few.

    BTW, lovely autumnal pictures Mel :)

  10. Karol Omlor Says:

    Beautiful photos, Melissa.

  11. Rebecca Says:

    My home! Thanks for taking me back. I may live in Wisconsin now but Wednesday morning I was definitely sharing high-fives with some fellow displaced Ohioans. Ohio gets it done. :)


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