Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tall Grass Prairie

The evening sun casts a glow across the tall grass prairie.
Tall Grass Prairie
The Big Bluestem is beautiful.  It is just beginning to get it’s purple cast.  I love this little bit of untouched prairie.  Can you imagine buffalo and wild horses running along with this grass tickling their bellies?   It must have been quite a sight long ago.

The early settlers must have waded through this field.  The native tall grass prairies were not always friendly..a lightening strike could turn this beautiful prairie into a prairie fire that would have to burn itself out.

There are only a few of these untouched fields in our area.  I enjoy them while I can, I am sure in a few years they will all be gone:(

Aldo Leopold wrote:
Man always kills the thing he loves. And so we the pioneers have killed our wilderness. Some say we had to. Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in.”

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23 comments:

  1. It is indeed a beautiful sight. The quote is so very true!

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  2. Oh, I love this photo. It's fun to imagine it long ago.

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  3. Such a relaxing setting. I hope the field of wild grasses last for many generations to enjoy~

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  4. Beautiful. It's sad that many people fail to realize that leaving some wild place makes life better.

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  5. Because of you, I am much more appreciative of wild grasses. And Aldo Leopold. That's a perfect quote, and photo. It makes the prairie look vast, which of course it isn't, any more.

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  6. I just love fields that doesn't have any buildings on them! Not to many of those either.

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  7. I love grasses in urban yards as well. The prairie grass is beautiful..untouched. I too fear we won't be able to enjoy forever.

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  8. Lovely photo and post of how it may of been ! I to take in the forests and beauty of our land and never take it for granted as sadly it may be all gone one day ! Have a great day !

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  9. Great new header with your two favorite guys and yellow flowers. Chance looks cool with his wet fur. Thanks for the photo of the grasses. You are lucky to have some near you.

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  10. Is that grass on private land? Good for them if they've left it be just 'wild'. I did think that it's a wonder someone hasn't wanted to hay it.
    I have a friend at the farmers market that uses those blue jars you have in your header to display her flower bouquets.

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  11. I love the untamed prairie and often wonder how long it will remain. Looks like a good year for grass there too.

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  12. What lovely untamed prairie! So sad to see it all disappearing...

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  13. I think that's the grass that they sell in the nurseries here for a large sum of money.

    Do they not have grasslands conservatories there? Why are people plowing it under? What can be done to stop that? It's a heirloom ....and should be kept for the future.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  14. Wonderful photo and quote, and I love your new header.

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  15. Near Strong City, KS, there is a Tall Grass area set aside to preserve the area. A large stone house and barn are on the property and tours can be taken. It's lovely and will be there forever (Act of Congress - so maybe not!)

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  16. Yes we have to fight for every little bit of native habitiat.

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  17. Thank you for the photo of a real tall grass prairie. Ohio has very few natural tall grass prairies. Most of ours are resurrected from old farm fields, often with the help of sown seed. I am grateful for every acre of prairies we have. The colors in Big Blue Stem are amazing.

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  18. I know what you mean. It's sad when they destroy wilderness.

    Have a great Wednesday! ♥

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  19. I was out and about today and noticed the purple starting in the grasses, too. It adds such a nice color to the greens, but reminds me that fall is on its way!

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  20. As we drive through the west I often think of early settlers; their experiences and their thoughts. One time Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about getting lost in the prairie grass because it was so tall.

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  21. Beautiful! Would love to see that as a panorama.

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  22. I love, love, love your quote...and feel so myself!


    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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  23. Gorgeous! I miss the prairies of Illinois too. My hometown had the Field Museum come out and spend the Summer this year to study the few untouched prairies they found there. There was also a farm for sale that still had the wagon wheel tracks where the pioneers had come through.
    I thought I would like all the trees here but I haven't seen a sunset or a sunrise in years and feel hemmed in. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the wide open spaces of the midwest. Can't wait to get back!

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