: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey at Pearl's Fen in Fairborn, Ohio, this is a photograph of little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), also called beard grass. Little bluestem is a perennial prairie grass native to North America. Little bluestem plants consist of blue-green or gray-green blades that reach about two to three feet in height. In July, the flowering stalks grow about four to five feet tall, and by fall the blades are a copper-orange color.
Naturalist and photographer Ralph Ramey documented plants, animals, insects, and other notable features of the Ohio landscape on his travels throughout Ohio. Ramey (1928 - 2019) was 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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: Grasses; Nature photography; Naturalists; Nature conservation; Autumn; Prairies Places
: Fairborn (Ohio); Greene County (Ohio)