: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at Strait Creek Prairie Bluff State Nature Preserve in Pike County, Ohio, this is a photograph of a bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) blossom, also called bloodwort, redroot, red puccoon, pauson, and tetterwort. Bloodroot is native to eastern North America and grows predominantly in woods and thickets, in both wet and dry soil, but is often found on flood plains and growing on slopes near water. This white flower gets its name from the reddish rhizome with orange sap from which it grows. 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_B12F06_bloodroot Subjects
: Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Pike County (Ohio)