September 13, 2013

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