: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Preserve in Harpster, Ohio, this is a photograph of blue vervain (Verbena hastata), also called swamp vervain, swamp verbena, and Simpler's joy. Blue vervain is native to North America and can be found all over the United States and most of Canada in meadows, thickets, pastures, and marshes. The plant is characterized by purple flowers in the late summer which grow in conical-shaped spikes of the upper stems. 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_B12F13_bluevervain Subjects
: Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Harpster (Ohio); Wyandot County (Ohio)