: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at a cemetery in Chuckery, Ohio, probably at the Bigelow Cemetery State Nature Preserve, this is a photograph of royal catchfly (Silene regia), earning its name due to the sticky glands and white hairs covering the plant in which insects often get stuck. The red star-shaped flowers of this prairie plant occur in clusters and grow in prairies and forest openings, and on roadsides. 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_B12F05_royalcatchfly Subjects
: Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Chuckery (Ohio); Union County (Ohio)