Do you enjoy the sights, sounds, smell, and touch of the Prairie?
How often do you wish you were once again standing on sites of past years; revisiting those memories, as clear as the day they were first formed?
Do you want to experience new Prairie locales; the flora, fauna, and life events, and heritage?
Join us on the Tallgrass for something we've been missing during the hustle of our daily activities...if this sounds like your "cup of tea", join us and enjoy the view!
been trying to document the native plants on the pasture; spring has
gone by so quickly and the spring forb (wildflower) blooming has zipped
by too quickly!
evening ago I was out after the wind finally got manageable for
photographing and was shooting some video and trying to get still shots
when I could. There was a Monarch flying around quickly here and there
but I didn't try chasing it...it was just to animated and would hold
still for me. When I was packing it up and heading back to the studio I
walked past a Viceroy nectaring on, of all things, Brome grass!
I wished it'd been a Monarch but it was so cooperative I took several
shots and did some video of it as well. I hate admitting there is brome
in the pasture but there isn't a prairie that hasn't struggled
against that common/nasty cool season (Eurasian) grass the farmers
embrace for grazing/haying.
can almost always tell a Viceroy from a Monarch by its size - its about
a third smaller than a Monarch. Also the Viceroy's hind wing has a
line that intersects horizontally through the vertical veins - not seen
with Monarchs...the resemblance is remarkable though, and even I have to
stop a look more closely when they show up here...they're fairly common
here every summer.
was taken a bit by surprise with a butterfly this size nectaring on a
grass in flower...maybe its not uncommon, it is just something I haven't
seen before. I have seen small Skippers and those small Blues, along
with Hover flies and such nectar on grass florets but this was new for