: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey in Jackson County, Ohio, this is a photograph of golden ragwort (packera aurea), also called golden groundsel, squaw weed, life root, uncum, and other household names. Golden ragwort is native to eastern North America and is the primary food source for the cinnabar moth, which has been introduced to areas with aggressive ragwort overgrowth as a control measure. 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_B12F04_goldenragwort Subjects
: Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Jackson County (Ohio)