: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey in Shawnee State Forest in Scioto County, Ohio, this is a photograph of bird's-foot violets (Viola pedata), also called the mountain pansy. Native to North America, bird's-foot violets grow in sandy areas with acidic soils. There are two varieties of bird's-foot violets, viola pedata, or bicolor (pictured here), or viola lineariloba, a variety with solid, pink-lavender petals. 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.
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: Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Portsmouth (Ohio); Scioto County (Ohio)