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Prairie Macros – June 21, 2014

Some macros photos from the prairie last Saturday. Click on any image to open better resolution in lightbox.   Read more

Nighttime Prairie Photos

In August when we were camping at Lake Red Rock in Iowa, we watched a story on IPTV about Jeff Grewe that included his nighttime photography. The photos were stunning and something I had never seen before and I wanted to try it sometime. Last Saturday was a day shy of a full moon, some clouds, and it was very nice weather for November so I took my camera and tripod out to our prairie. All of these photos were taken around ... Read more

Prairie – November 10, 2013

This fall the prairie grasses are giving great color to our prairie. Little Bluestem is reddish bronze and Sideoats Grama is tan and will give color throughout the winter. There are some young Indian Grasses and Little Bluestem grasses which should be more impressive over the years. The birds are really enjoying the cover and all the seeds this time of year.                   Read more

Native Woodland Seedlings

We have a 2200 sq/ft group of trees in our back yard and have been trying to get stuff other than "junk" to grow in it. In 2012 I killed off everything that was growing in there and put down a true woodland seed mix from Prairie Moon¬†last December. I mowed it all year to keep any returning "junk" from going to seed and once the leaves dropped you could really see all the first year seedlings. Some of them have ... Read more

Prairie – August 10, 2013

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 ... Read more

Prairie – July 28, 2013

Over the past week, Grayhead Coneflowers have been blooming profusely giving a nice contrast to all the green in the prairie. Purple Coneflowers and Wild Bergamot are also doing well giving additional color. Planted in 2010, this is the third full growing season for our prairie and it's really taking off this year. The early spring burn followed by late spring rains have stimulated the natives and we are seeing less weeds each year. They say it takes 5-6 years for ... Read more

Prairie – June 16, 2013

After a pretty good drought last year which continued through winter, we've had good rainfall this spring and are finally out of drought status. Even though we've had consistent rains, we had a cool spring, and prairie growth is about 2 weeks later than it was last year. Right now blooms are just starting. I took these pictures on an overcast morning and tried to match their natural lighting when processing.                   Read more

Prairie Burn

One of the best things you can do for a prairie is to burn is occasionally. This removes the thatch layer allowing new seedlings to get light, add nutrients back into the soil, and the black ash causes the ground to warm faster. The controlled burn was performed by the Springfield Volunteer Fire Dept.                         Read more

Prairie 2012

2012 started out with a warm March and plenty of early moisture. By summer, very hot weather came and the rains completely stopped, and we had a pretty good drought. There was a lot of color through June but after that most of the wildflowers started to shut down for the year.                                                                   Read more

Prairie 2011

2011 was the first full growing season after seeding in May of 2010. Many seeds need to go through winter freeze-thaw cycles in order to germinate the following year. While there were a lot of weeds, the prairie was establishing well and looking pretty good.                                                     Read more
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