The evening talks were very enjoyable. Veteran naturalist Paul Knoop gave a great introduction to the amazing plants and animals in the region, many that our group encountered the following day. Many people were awestruck by the gorgeous photography of Ian Adams. He got a standing ovation! And, I think anyone who had not visited the Ohio Govenor's Residence and Heritage Garden wanted to after Guy Denny's fascinating talk.
Horse-Gentian, Triosteum angustifolium, has two small yellow blossoms near the base of the plant. It is a member of the honeysuckle family.
Showy Orchis, Galearis spectabilis, a minute orchid that is not much more than 4 inches tall.
One of the many waterfalls at Coyote Hollow.
Hoary Puccoon, Lithospermum canescens, with its cheery yellow
I love the rich, red color of Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea.
A Lilliputian wonder in the gentian family, Pennywort, Obolaria virginica. This one was only about two inches tall.
Spotted Mandarin, Disporum maculatum,
was a new plant for me.
Spotted Mandarin from another angle so one
can view the tiny purple spots.
One of the rarities everyone wanted to see, the
gorgeous Wherry's Catchfly, Silene caroliniana var. wherryi, a cousin to Firepinks.
The showstopper that was the grand finale' for
our Sunday trips, the Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata, was
in full bloom with its vibrant yellow and red
blossoms cascading down the cliff face. What a sight!
I had such a great time at Flora-Quest, enjoying nature with some truly wonderful folks. I hope to see many of you again next year!