Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Today marks a very special day for my younger sister, Rachel. She'll be turning 5 AND 20 all at once. That's right, she's a leap year! And to celebrate, I decided to do something a bit more special by drawing her a picture. In the five years of being in Ohio, all of my immediate family has had the chance to make it out here except for her. So, I couldn't think of a better way to show her my recent stomping grounds than to send them to her from my perspective. A closer look will reveal some of my favorite plants, animals, and historical sites from southeastern Ohio that have made an impression on me. Happy Birthday, Rachel! BIRDS: Ohio's state bird - cardinal, Pileated woodpecker, Hooded warbler, Yellow-crowned kinglet, Whippoorwill; ANIMALS: Southern flying squirrel, Black rat snake, Wild turkey; FUNGI AND LICHENS: Morel mushrooms, Devil's urn fungi, Old man's fingers fungi, Green sheild lichen; TREES, SHRUBS, AND VINES: Ohio's state tree - Ohio buckeye, Persimmon, Sassafras, Witch hazel, Bigleaf magnolia, Paw paw, Tulip tree, Spicebush, Pignut hickory, Poison ivy, blueberries; WILDFLOWERS AND SEDGES: Ohio's state flower - cardinal flower, Toad trillium, White trillium, Plantainleaf sedge, Spotted pipsissewa, Virginia bluebells, Wild ginger, Dutchman's breeches, Squirrel corn, Bloodroot, Yellow trout lili, Bellwort, Woodland sunflower, Wild blue flox, Yellow lady's slipper, Bluets, Fire pink; SITES: Ash Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Moonville tunnel, An abandoned coal mine, Lake Hope furnace, and a fire tower.