September 13, 2013

Goll Woods State Nature Preserve

Early morning magic in an old-growth wonderland

Chinquapin Oak

Burr Oak

White Oak

Eastern Chipmunk

Side Cut Metro Park

 Alvar habitat in the Maumee River

The exposed limestone of these rare alvars form the rapids of the Maumee River ("Miami of the Lake")

Oak Openings Metro Park

In the pine woods

Silver maple leaf

Oak forest developed on ancient sand dunes

The small ridge in this photo is a sand dune covered in ferns. The Oak Openings region of Ohio is one of the rarest habitat types in the world. It occupies the former shore of Lake Warren, the glacial predecessor to Lake Erie. The unusual and rare flora/fauna of the region have developed on these ancient sand dunes, and along with the wet and dry prairie habitats and swamp forests, make Lucas County the largest concentration of biodiversity in the state of Ohio.

Migrating sand dune in the forest

Sand dune habitat

Earthstar Mushroom

Rough Blazing Star

Maumee Bay State Park

Maumee Bay and Lake Erie

Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve

Wet prairie

Ferns and flowers

Field Thistle

Ladies Tresses

Purple Gerardia

Kitty Todd


Old Oak and Goldenrod

Western Sunflower

Prickly-pear Cactus

Fallen Timbers State Memorial

Monument to the Battle of Fallen Timbers

The Battle of Fallen Timbers occurred near this site in a patch of forest that was hit by a tornado. The outcome of the battle paved the way for the Greenville Treaty, and thence, the settlement of Ohio and statehood in 1803.

Williams County Court House

Williams County Court House