Prairie – August 10, 2013

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Last year at this time, most of the wildflowers had shut down their blooms because of the drought and heat. This year we had good rains late in the spring but the summer has been pretty dry and we have slipped back into drought status. We have had a few rains and this summer has averaged 10 degrees cooler than last, so the wildflowers are still doing pretty good. They also have had another year of establishment to grow their roots deeper. Prairie plants roots can be 2-3 times deeper than their above ground height.

Prairie plants don't need watered and fertilized like a yard does. Once you see their root systems it's obvious why.

Prairie plants don’t need watered and fertilized like a yard does. Once you see their root systems it’s obvious why. Kentucky Blue Grass is on the far left.

 

As the pictures below show, even a young prairie that is establishing like ours is, can adapt to drought conditions after two straight summers.

More grasses than flowers in this area

More grasses than flowers in this area

 

This has been a weedy area but the natives are taking over.

This has been a weedy area in past years but the natives are taking over.

 

False sunflower is just starting to bloom now.

False sunflower is just starting to bloom now.

 

Showy Partridge Pea is having a good year. It's an annual and maybe the spring burn helped it out.

Showy Partridge Pea is having a good year. It’s an annual and maybe the spring burn helped it out.

 

Nice transition from grasses, to wildflowers, to the trees along the stream.

Nice transition from grasses, to wildflowers, to the trees along the stream.

 

Purple Coneflowers and Grayhead Coneflowers are doing well in this area.

Purple Coneflowers and Grayhead Coneflowers are doing well in this area.

 

A young Indiangrass is at the bottom left.

A young Indian Grass is at the bottom left.

 

I’m having a lot of fun playing around with my macro lens. When you are less than a foot from your subject, you have to get your settings just right for success. I throw away a lot of pictures but getting better every week.

There are a lot of grasshoppers in the prairie.

There are a lot of grasshoppers in the prairie.

 

Maximilian Sunflower

Maximilian Sunflower

 

Praying Mantis on Maximilian Sunflower

Praying Mantis on Maximilian Sunflower

 

Same Praying Mantis

Same Praying Mantis

 

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