: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at Avoca Prairie, Wisconsin, this is a photograph of black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta), a hardy flowering plant in the sunflower family that usually grows to over three feet tall with yellow petals and a brown center. Black-eyed Susans are often planted in flower gardens to attract butterflies, and is believed to have various medicinal uses as well. 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