: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at Claridon Prairie in Geauga County, Ohio, this is a photograph of a water parsnip (Sium suave), a plant that thrives in moist or aquatic environments and commonly grows in shallow marshes, ditches, and wet meadows. The plant is characterized by clusters of blossoms with heart-shaped petals and linear leaves. 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_B12F02_waterparsnip Subjects
: Wildflowers--Ohio; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation Places
: Claridon (Ohio); Geauga County (Ohio)