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