Thursday, May 4, 2017

Forest Immersion at Southern Ohio's Splendid Tar Hollow State Forest

By Steve:

We hiked at Tar Hollow State Park in hilly southern Ohio recently and were treated to not only some great migrating warbler sightings but to some darn fine forest scenery. Our souls thrive on forest-immersion! Get into the woods if you can. If not, you can use our pics for cyber forest immersion right now:

Blue skies, hills and trees - that's art!

One of our favorite orchids: Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens): 

Christmas fern (top) and Maiden-hair fern:

Towering Tulip Poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera):

Happy Hikers:

We named these trees the "hall of giants." Mainly White Oak (Quercus alba):

This one catches the eye! Fire Pink (Silene virginica):

Enjoy your own forest (or prairie, or wetland, etc.) immersion soon. 😊


  1. I was with a group on a botany walk once. The color-blind botanist walked right past a patch of Fire Pink. :~D

    1. Fire Pink is a special one, isn't it?! We always get excited to see it. Are you snow free yet?

    2. Yes, the snow is gone. Time to get out to the woods in search of wildflowers!

  2. SOOO Lovely!! I live in the woods also but the many years of farming then the over planting with pine have changed this landscape. I am bringing more wild flowers from the roadsides back into my flower beds, and being rewarded!! TX got me thrilled over wild flowers again, some late blooming Blue Bonnets, Indian Paint Brush, and the huge full of movement Basket Flowers so very exciting!

    1. The landscape here is greatly changed too due to agriculture and a devaluing of forests in people's hearts for whatever reason. This video though makes us hopeful though.

  3. Inspiring as usual! Just getting out in nature every chance I can (even walking barefoot in my own backyard) is healing.


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