Category Archives: Prairie

Sedge Wren

Sedge Wren This tiny bird flushed from the prairie grasses this morning. It flew a short distance and dropped down. I could tell from the way it held it’s tail that it was a wren but I wasn’t sure which … Continue reading

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Fall Color Early

Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii) Even though it is not Fall yet, the grasses in the prairie are starting to show some good Fall color. This morning I walked the 43-acre Prairie at the PGT to check on the Big Bluestem. … Continue reading

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Prairie Blazing Star

Prairie Blazing Star, (Liatris pycnostachya) Prairie blazing star is an ornamental native prairie plant that is showy in many seasons. The dried stems create attractive textures and patterns.

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Common Checkered Skipper

Common Checkered Skipper, (Pyrgus communis) on Sky Blue Aster (Aster oolentangiensis) There won’t be many days left this year to photograph butterflies because we are at the end of the growing season. Walking the prairies at the PGT today the … Continue reading

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5-acre Prairie after sunset

Lorna and I were out exploring the property and it was so nice out that we stayed till after sunset. This is what we saw when we stopped at a high point on the way home.

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Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii) Many of the grasses are blooming now. Here is a picture of Big Bluestem in the Dogleg prairie. To get this picture I kneeled down to shoot up against the sunset sky.

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Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye, (Junonia coenia) Common Buckeyes are worth searching for just to see their color. Purple, blue and gold ringed with black, rich orange gradients, herringbone patterns. Amazing! I just photographed this one in the warm season grasses around Beaver … Continue reading

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We’ve Been Invaded!

Sericea lespedeza I was very sorry to find hundreds of Sericea lespedeza plants growing in with the warm season grasses on the 43-acre prairie today. I thought we only had a very small number of plants. It must have come … Continue reading

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Dickcissel

Dickcissel, (Spiza americana) One of the most common birds on the prairie areas of the PGT is the Dickcissel. With the yellow breast with a black mark I always thought of them as a miniature Meadowlark. This one was singing … Continue reading

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Eastern Gamagrass – 2

Eastern Gamagrass, (Tripsacum dactyloides) I went out yesterday to photograph the Henslow’s Sparrow (no luck!) but I did continue to find appealing lines and colors in the Eastern Gamagrsss.

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