No House on the Prairie

Since I don’t exactly know what a prairie is, I thought I’d check one out. And it’s quite lovely. No wonder the Ingalls liked it there.

Nachusa Grasslands is just over an hour and a lifetime away from Chicago IL.

A constant song of grasshoppers and/or cicadas provide the background for your meander through the fields. There are paths–simply worn in the grasses. They advise to wear long pants, and for a reason–some are prickly, all are tall, some nearly five-feet.

With no tree cover, it’s hot or cold, as the day allows. And you can walk for as far as the eye can see, or just in a small loop and get a spectacular sampling that’s so rich and delicious you can’t think of consuming more.

Nachusa Grasslands Illinois

Nachusa Grasslands Illinois

Nachusa Grasslands Illinois

Nachusa Grasslands Illinois

Nachusa Grasslands Illinois

Nachusa Grasslands Illinois

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What’s the prettiest natural landscape you’ve been to?

15 Responses

10.12.12

Aahh, autumn in the grasslands. What luscious photography! I love your mountain and coast photos, and these are equal. Your pictures are a perfect complement to your posts.

Jeannine -what a lovely thing to say. thank you!

10.12.12

These landscapes…both locale and photos…are glorious. But to me nothing can touch the awesomeness of The Grand Canyon. Grand, indeed! Imagine being a pioneer (aka Ingalls) or Indian and coming across that great divide, impossible and impassable for as far as the eye could see. I still recall the shock of it when I passed through a copse of trees and saw the expanse and color and depth for the first time. Yes, I’ve been back. Even ordered a Grand Canyon calendar for years!

10.12.12

Paula – what a beautiful place that I never would have known about had it not been for your blog. Your photographs are wonderful.

10.12.12

Are these photos from Kansas? Northern Oklahoma perhaps. They are beautiful and things I hadn’t seen on the prairie before.

Dick – it’s in central Illinois, 1.5 hrs west of Chicago!

10.12.12

There’s too many beautiful landscapes to just pick one… Beach sunsets on St. George Island, FLA; snow-iced trees atop Vail, CO; maples at the height of their autumn fire in Ridgefield, CT; small Vermont villages reflected across lakes; Pacific coast south of San Fran.; dish-garden lush Hawaiian forests on Kauai Island and underwater coral reefs; surfscapes and waterfalls; springtime orchards in Virginia and fields of tulips in Holland; … I drank them in at the time and can recall each one–and more–with the right light and scents intact. That sure was a trip down memory lane for me. Thanks.

Mimi – you’ve been to some wonderful places – and you describe them vividly. I’m there with you.

10.12.12

This made me so want to run through the fields, the trip and get up and run again in honor of Laura. Such gorgeous photos. You picked a good time to be there. Thank you for posting.

Mandi – then trip? I don;t remember that. Did it happen in the show?

I wish I could read all the “Little House” books again—-for the first time. Lovely photos.

I’ve seen some beautiful places: the Grand Canyon, the Alps, Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, the green green countryside of Ireland, but there is a scene I saw and felt as a college sophomore. I remember telling myself that I needed to tuck it away in my brain for forever. At 6:00 P.M., I finished a shift “guarding” the language center at Williams College in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts. It was a crisp, New England fall day and the trees were at the height of their autumn foliage display. As I walked back to my dorm through the deserted campus (it was dinnertime), the golden setting sun was streaming on a slant through the trees. The view was complemented by the chimes of a church carillon sounding forth a hymn. When I need to feel tranquil and grateful, I summon forth this now 40 year old memory.
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10.12.12

Paula — you don’t recall the “trip and pop up” in the closing credits with the happy music underneath? OK, kindly tune into the Hallmark channel at ANY random time and you’re sure to catch it. Then it’ll all come back. (and thanks for getting that soundtrack stuck in my head)

10.12.12

The prairie is underappreciated as a beautiful landscape and biome in its own right.

Irina – nice use of the word “biome”! 🙂

10.12.12

That’s all I got to show for 7 years in college, LOL.

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