Farmers specializing in native grasses burn off last year's stubble every spring, killing all the weeds and invasive species that invaded the field during last year's growing season. This allows a fresh start for the new crop of native grass, providing an almost pure product of grass seed. Thought for the Day: No road is … Continue reading Prairie Burn
Willa Cather Prairie Heading south from Red Cloud, Nebraska on US 281 there are few natural landmarks to mark your progress. Rolling hills of corn and bean fields and ranch land lies on both sides of the highway as far as the eye can see. Just before entering Kansas, there is a gravel road heading … Continue reading Native Prairie
Giant Sunflower Sunflowers are in full bloom, peak time for butterflies and Nature's warning that the lazy hazy days of summer are numbered. The first plant to show up in my new "prairie" this year was a volunteer sunflower -- center stage, like it was the star of the show. Not knowing if anything else … Continue reading Sunflower
Traveling along the back roads in Cherry County, NE, I came upon this horse feeder. No horses were in sight, but I needed this picture to explain what a horse feeder looked like. I had used a horse feeder in an earlier blog about a prairie landscape I shot in northeast Nebraska near Niobrara. The … Continue reading Horse Feeder
Prairie Art?What the heck IS this? I was originally attracted to this scene by the lone tree on the hill top, but the more I studied this strange apparatus, the more I liked it as a foreground element. It looks like the tops of 12 painfully uncomfortable metal straight-back chairs. They form a nice circle, … Continue reading Hey, What’s This?