Today was the Ohio Botanical Symposium, a yearly event put on by ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, along with several partner organizations. Today's event held in north Columbus had over 400 people in the attendance. A slate of excellent speakers gave talks ranging from the best botanical finds in the state, to fungi, fern allies, and even bees. I got to meet several people that read the blog, and thanks for all of your kind comments. These are the types of things that keep me going here. I'm all geared up for a great field season, and yesterday, Megan and I introduced Weston to our yearly early spring wildflower hike at Highbanks Metropark. Although today was dreary, and tomorrow won't be much better, yesterday was one of those idyllic spring days where we hit the bloodroot just right, in full bloom. I'm working on those pictures from our hike and will have those here soon.
The symposium is over, we can now officially launch the botanical season. Go out and botanize!