Chance and I went for a drive to see how a few of the remaining Tall Grass Prairies are doing. We were glad to see that no one had plowed them up. It has been a wet year..so it would be tickling the bellies of Buffalo if there were any.
Photographs were hard to take because it was very windy. The light purple flower in front is Spotted Knapweed. This healthy prairie keeps it at bay along the roadsides. I wonder what caused the darker green strip in the field..might have been where someone emptied a manure spreader.
Purple Prairie Clover dots the entire field. It was nice to have some time to just mosey along. The Deer Flies have joined the mosquitoes. They follow the car and wait for you to get out. I had to limit Chance’s hanging his head out the window time. He doesn’t like the Deer Flies either.
We went by Joe’s old pasture..the pasture where the horses used to entertain us. It has been planted.
This field was a horse pasture for a long time. No more Joe to take care of a bunch of old horses anymore. I am not sure where the horses went and I haven’t asked. You know the old saying “If you won’t like the answer, don’t ask the question.”
Slowly the landscape around us is changing..not all for the good but changing none the less.
Farm land is being bought up by big corporate farms. More and more acreage every year. I watch a couple of sections of Tall Grass Prairie every year..and hope they don’t get gobbled up. I will return in the Fall when the grasses turn golden/red:)
“There are idle spots on every farm, and every highway is bordered by an idle strip as long as it is; keep cow, plow, and mower out of these idle spots, and the full native flora, plus dozens of interesting stowaways from foreign parts, could be part of the normal environment of every citizen.” Aldo Leopold