: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at Kitty Todd Nature Preserve in Swanton, Ohio, this is a photograph of steeple bush (Spiraea tomentosa), also called meadowsweet or hardhack, native to the eastern United States and Canada. Cone-shaped clusters of blossoms that attract butterflies and bees characterize the plant, as well as its small, brown fruit. Naturalist and photographer Ralph Ramey documented plants, animals, insects, and other notable features of the Ohio landscape on his travels throughout Ohio. Ramey is a prolific writer and authored "Fifty Hikes in Ohio: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips throughout the Buckeye State," often illustrating his books and lectures with his photographs. Ramey spent time working for the Franklin County Park District, the Miami County Park District, and served as Director of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He also worked as the chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, before retiring in 1994. View on Ohio Memory.
: AV224_B12F07_steeplebush Subjects
: Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Swanton (Ohio); Fulton County (Ohio); Lucas County (Ohio)