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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Jennings Environmental Center

Jennings Environmental Center is the only area in Western Pennsylvania in which Liatris spicata, the Blazing Star, grows. It was the first Pennsylvania reserve to protect an individual plant species. The Blazing Star grows on open prairies, frequently in the midwest, and Jennings is a relic prairie ecosystem, which is quite rare in Pennsylvania. The Blazing Star blooms at the end of July and beginning of August, so you will have to wait until next year to see them!


Liatris spicata In Meadow
Copyright Howard Grill



Liatris spicata
Copyright Howard Grill

Of interest, Jennings is also home to the endangered massasauga rattlesnake (I have never seen one there myself...so no photos of those).