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Fen Landscape

Siebenthaler Fen, Beavercreek, Ohio

"Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” - Chad Sugg

The month of May is American Wetlands Month.

Something keeps me coming back, this area in particular is a stone's throw away from my house and is perhaps one of the most bio-diverse locations around Greene County. One can guess this is during late Autumn by the background red trees and the bare ones in the foreground. This capture is a simple late morning composition that is actually a throwback for me. This is a recreation of a film shot I took in high school photography class. While I unfortunately do not have the negative anymore, this digital photo will suffice.

The Beaver Creek watershed is what geologists call an "underfit stream" where the channel is wider than the stream it flows into. Fens used to be abundant in pre-settlement southwest Ohio. Now there is only a handful left and Siebethaler is a prime example. Fens are important for the controlling of flooding by holding water underground. While most wetlands have been drained for residential development and cropland, this one has successfully been restored and hosts a diverse flora and fauna life.

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