Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Little Soccer Field on the Prairie, Redux

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I posted a few photos of a local slice of prairie back in April when I was working on my National Wildlife Federation "Be Out There" Challenge. Back then, the prairie was a mixture of greens and browns with the grasses barely knee high. I caught a speck of color as the land was waking up from its winter nap, but on the gray day I was out there, it was a pretty drab scene.

A few weeks ago, I revisited that same plot of land. It was like a trip to another world: bright yellow flowers towering about my five foot frame, branches, stems and vines climbing outside of, and threatening to overtake, the small fence that keeps the prairie from overtaking the nearby delicately trimmed soccer fields.

The small patch of land was teeming with life. Butterflies and bumblebees and beetles all doing their jobs. Family groups and entire societies living alongside us, but easily go unnoticed lest we stop to observe.

Pretty good shots for a 7 MP point and shoot camera, huh?


Leighann of D-Mom Blog said...

Before there were soccer fields, there was prairie.

A few years ago (when I had the luxury of doing interesting things before having children) I took a prairie flowers class and traveled each week to a different patch of prairie, many along railroads or at old cemeteries, throughout Central Illinois. Field guide, pencil, and camera in hand.

Thank you for the pictures today; I enjoyed them!

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Oh, so pretty! I love seeing all the bugs.

Starfocus said...

What a lovely post! Great wildlife pictures too :)