Friday, December 31, 2010
2010 is on it's last legs here. As I write this entry we're in a unusual weather event...instead of a blizzard, it's pouring rain and sleet; soon to be just snow. Weird stuff for the last day of the year to be sure!
I was out on the pasture this week with the snow shoes; it is very retrospective to view things now that they are under winter's blanket. Many vole holes appear here and there, as do tunnel ridges traveling to and from buried seed heads. I always shake my head in wonder at how nature copes in the extremes...the snow's crust is now hardened by the weather change and, for those left "on top", things are going to get difficult!!!
The video at the top of this blog is a scene taken out one of the studio windows...kind of a "snow globe" gift to you. If you are an email subscriber to this blog, the video won't show up...you can either go directly to the blog (http://tallgrassjournal.blogspot.com/) or visit this link on You Tube -
I want to take a moment to wish all of you out there a prosperous and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
See you on the Tallgrass in 2011!!!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Winter on the Tallgrass
Well the solstice is past us now...the days will start to get longer! OK, not by much at first but it's the thought that counts! Hope you had a chance to view the total lunar eclipse on the solstice! That will never happen again in our life time. I had all my camera gear set and ready to go but when I got up at 1:30 a.m. to check it out here, the sky was still overcast and not any sign of even where the moon was. Luck of the draw I guess.
The native pasture here is now pretty much buried in snow...we had a blizzard a week and a half ago and the 50+ mph winds and 6" of snow pretty much plastered everything down and buried the majority of it. I think the voles and mice will have a bountiful winter with all the seed heads buried beneath where they are now living!
We've had a pair of Great Horned Owls in the pasture and yard each night for the past 2-3 weeks. I think their efforts will be a little more hampered now, but even the rodents make a "snow top" run for it every now and then...and our bird feeders seem to suppy enough rodent fodder, so maybe the owls are just waiting for bird seed visitors?!
Been seeing a few deer around but the hunting season is on so they're a bit wary. Know they're traveling about because their tracks are up and down the driveway each night and through the yard each morning. Even the Coyotes are tracking through the yard, we had a fresh set of prints this morning outside the kitchen window.
Wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a great Christmas, holiday season, and a wonderful and prosperous New Year in 2011!
See you next year on the Tallgrass!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)
Photograph © Bruce A. Morrison
Thank you to those folks who came to the Prairie Heritage Center for the Prairie program Thursday evening...although my voice gave out early on, you hung in there!
If you weren't able to make it to the center, I'm going to post the first part of the program which was a media program, recorded with images and audio from our prairie here at Prairie Hill Farm. I should state "most" of the images were from here; they were all shot within a 35 mile radius of here but at least 90% were here on our property. The music soundtrack was licensed through CSS Music, Inc.
The web address for "A Tallgrass Year" is -
We're very busy here at the studio, with the Christmas season upon us, but if you're in the area and want to stop by, please feel free!
See you on the Tallgrass!