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I can't say enough about my time this weekend at Cedar Bog, a state nature preserve near Urbana, about an hour from Columbus. There are 89 preserves in the Ohio system, but I doubt any is as cool as this bog. You'll find more rugged, more remote areas -- just not one with the exotic and rare plants and animals of this fen, prairie, forest and creek corridor.

These pictures should whet your appetite. Showy Lady's Slippers grow only feet from the raised, mile-long boardwalk that holds the main action at Cedar Bog. Lady's slippers are one of Ohio's numerous flowers and definitely its most stunning orchid.

They'll be gone soon, so head out this weekend. [Info]

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