Saturday, April 2, 2011

Getting my nose to the ground

This post finds me tired from a full day in the field, but the pressure is on after spending the day with a group of fellow nature enthusiasts and flower lovers, several of whom are bloggers themselves - who will be the first to post? Some photos have already made their way to Facebook thanks to others in the group, and I'm too wiped out to do a full-blown post myself, but here are some highlights from a wonderful day spent wildflower hunting in Adams County, OH.


Old barns abound in rural southern Ohio, this one made all the more picturesque when framed by a field brimming with Purple Dead Nettle.


Even though I was only about 2 hours WSW of Athens County, some flowers are much farther along in Adams Co. then they are in Athens Co. For example, in Adams County, some of the Bloodroot has already gone to fruit (it's just started to bloom here in Athens County)!


Our trip today was not only a feast for the eyes, but for the nose as well, as one location was full of Wild Leeks (AKA Ramps - or, if you want to say it with the proper accent, "rAImps")


Our group clogged the back roads of Adams County. I'm sure all who drove by wondered what kinds of cool things we were up to!


I always like to get shots of the folks I'm with on these trips, showing how immersed we get with our subjects. You know it's serious business when the paparazzi come out!


While we saw many neat flowers today, a number of which were life plants for me, this was by far my favorite, simply due to its bizarre nature. Tricia West and I spotted this at just about the same time. It looks like a Rue Anemone as far as I can tell, but it looks like a double-flowered form. Pretty cool!

More to follow soon!

13 comments:

Mike Whittemore said...

Mmmm, love ramp! I agree, I have some friends in Adams county who've seen flowers blooming way before us. Nice shot of the field of purple dead nettle!!

KaHolly said...

Great shots! Doesn't look like I'l be able to do the spring thing this year, so am glad to tag along on your adventures through your posts.

Kelly said...

I had a great time flower hunting in Adams county yesterday too! Being around all the flower-people was so much fun. With the sun shining today, I think I'm going to head up to Fort Ancient to see if I can find any of the tiny wonders we learned about yesterday! Loved your photos...especially the last.

Frank said...

Ahh .. I wondered if you and Kelly may have been out grovelling on the ground together ... and you were!

Excellent post .. can't wait to learn what other little treasures you spied.

Red said...

Your group does some interesting things and you do things from a scientific perspective. Always enjoy your posts.

troymullens said...

Belly botany for sure.

Scott said...

Looks like a fun time, nothing much blooming yet Madison County. I need to find one of these outings to go to. Looking forward to Adams County and flora-quest at the end of the month.

A.L. Gibson said...

Looks like you guys had a good time without me! Just not enough hours in the day to do everything one wants. Hopefully I can attend the next field trip. Love the photo's, Heather!

Randy Lakes said...

Heather, Great seeing you again! Thanks for sharing the photos and the posts! From the Leavenworthia uniflora to the Arabis laevigata and everything in-between it was a fun day!

John said...

The pictures are all good...but the one of the field of purple dead nettles in front of the old barn is something I would like to have hanging on my wall. Thanks for sharing!

nina at Nature Remains. said...

I'd have to say the barn photo is a favorite of mine as well.
That whole purple field and wandering through it to find the pansies and mouse-tails!
Well, it sound like a dream!
Good to see you and walk with you!
See you again SOON!

Vancouver photographer said...

Absolutely love the shot of the weathered old barn at the far end of a beautiful, purple-y, pink field. Gorgeous!

Heather said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I had just crafted individual responses to you all, then Google told me it "couldn't process my request" and it promptly erased everything. Grrr... To those I saw there, I look forward to seeing you again, and to those who didn't make it, I'm sure I'll see you around. To those of you from far and wide, I'm always pleased to have you along vicariously on these trips.