What a fantastic day of naturalizing at Shawnee yesterday! Here are just a few of the very interesting things that we came across. As always, if you recognize something, no matter how basic, feel free to chime in and tell us a little piece of information, or maybe even put an I.D. on something. As always, in this list, there are things that I knew right off the bat, things I had and still have a general idea about, others I learned, and there are still things that are yet to be solidly identified. So here we go, here was our day at Shawnee, a state forest and park system about 2 hours south of Columbus, a few miles west of the Ohio River city of Portsmouth.
*****(It's Monday Night, and I'm going to write some updates and maybe give a few HINTS!)****
1. Kathleen correctly identified the biologists in this photo, with their floppy hats and all, but what is that shrub they are looking at? One clue: It has opposite leaves. Second clue: It is on the Ohio Rare Plant List.
2. I thought someone may have gotten this one by now! I know it by two common names, any guesses here?
3. Kathleen correctly ID'd the eastern tent caterpillar, which I learned on this trip from John Howard, an incredible naturalist from Adams County.
4. Yes, this one is in the pink family. I'm getting hot we're so close. Its starting to smoke!
5. Any ideas what family this plant may be in? Kylee, are you out there? You can't buy this one at Kroger or any garden center near you. Ok..I'm outta here, but I've given a few clues, more to come tomorrow.