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Only a small percentage of this once sprawling and magnificent ecosystem remains. Unfortunately it took a long time to recognize its significance and beauty and to save the small remnants that were untouched and restore some of those which had been severly degraded. It lends itself to close-ups of insects and birds and to intimate landscapes. It is a gem to photograph because of the continuous bloom of new flowers from spring to fall. If you would like a print of any of the images here, printed on archival Epson Premium Luster paper, please contact me for a quote.
Big bluestem with sun on a  foggy morning, Somme Prairie Grove, IL
Big bluestem with sun on a foggy morning, Somme Prairie Grove, IL
(PR2) Pale Purple Coneflowers, IL
(PR2) Pale Purple Coneflowers, IL
(PR3) Little Bluestem & Gayfeather, IL
(PR3) Little Bluestem & Gayfeather, IL
(PR4) Culver's Root & Butterfly-weed, IL
(PR4) Culver's Root & Butterfly-weed, IL
(PR5) Birdsfoot Violet and Pucoon, IL
(PR5) Birdsfoot Violet and Pucoon, IL
(PR6) Black-eyed Susan, IL
(PR6) Black-eyed Susan, IL
(PR7) Butterfly-weed, Somme Prairie, IL
(PR7) Butterfly-weed, Somme Prairie, IL
(PR8) Closed Gentian, IL
(PR8) Closed Gentian, IL
(PR9) Pale Purple Coneflowers, IL
(PR9) Pale Purple Coneflowers, IL
(PR10) Coreopsis and Pale Purple Coneflowers, IL
(PR10) Coreopsis and Pale Purple Coneflowers, IL
(PR11) Great Spangled Fritillary
(PR11) Great Spangled Fritillary
(PR12) Frosted Fringed Gentian, IL
(PR12) Frosted Fringed Gentian, IL
(PR13) Fringed Gentian
(PR13) Fringed Gentian
(PR14) Monarch Butterfly and Gayfeather, IL
(PR14) Monarch Butterfly and Gayfeather, IL
(PR15) Purple Milkweed
(PR15) Purple Milkweed
(PR16) Pasque Flower, IL
(PR16) Pasque Flower, IL
(PR17) Monarchs on Gayfeathers, IL
(PR17) Monarchs on Gayfeathers, IL
(PR18) Butterfly-weed and Rattlesnake Master, Somme Prairie, IL
(PR18) Butterfly-weed and Rattlesnake Master, Somme Prairie, IL
(PR19) Shooting Star, IL
(PR19) Shooting Star, IL
(PR20) White Lady's-slipper
(PR20) White Lady's-slipper
(PR21) Prairie White Fringed Orchid, Somme Prairie, IL
(PR21) Prairie White Fringed Orchid, Somme Prairie, IL
Fringed gentian and goldenrod, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Fringed gentian and goldenrod, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Argiope spider, Nachusa Prairie, IL
Argiope spider, Nachusa Prairie, IL
Milkweed pod, Kalsow Prairie, IA
Milkweed pod, Kalsow Prairie, IA
(PR22) Hairstreak butterfly, IL
(PR22) Hairstreak butterfly, IL
Blazing star, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Blazing star, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Blue-eyed grass, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Blue-eyed grass, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Shooting stars Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Shooting stars Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Prairie dropseed and butterfly weed, Somme Prairie Grove, IL
Prairie dropseed and butterfly weed, Somme Prairie Grove, IL
Early goldenrod, Illiinois Beach State Park, IL
Early goldenrod, Illiinois Beach State Park, IL
Blazing star and early goldenrod, Gensburg-Markham Prairie, IL
Blazing star and early goldenrod, Gensburg-Markham Prairie, IL
Pasque flower, Harlem Hills Prairie, IL
Pasque flower, Harlem Hills Prairie, IL
Birsfoot violet, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Birsfoot violet, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Tree frog, Nachusa Grasslands, IL
Tree frog, Nachusa Grasslands, IL
(PR2) Big Blue Stem, IL
(PR2) Big Blue Stem, IL
Starry false solomon seal, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Starry false solomon seal, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Mayfly, Chiwaukee Prairie, Kenosha County, WI
Mayfly, Chiwaukee Prairie, Kenosha County, WI
Marsh marigolds, Chiwaukee Prairie, Kenosha County, WI
Marsh marigolds, Chiwaukee Prairie, Kenosha County, WI
Little bluestem, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Little bluestem, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Pale purple coneflower, Nachusa Grasslands, IL
Pale purple coneflower, Nachusa Grasslands, IL
Purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, and quinine, Belmont Prairie, IL
Purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, and quinine, Belmont Prairie, IL
Prairie Rose, Coyne Prairie, Dade County, MO
Prairie Rose, Coyne Prairie, Dade County, MO
Spider Milkweed
Spider Milkweed
Bergemont,Yellow Coneflower, and compass Plant,  IL
Bergemont,Yellow Coneflower, and compass Plant, IL
Ladies tresses, Hosa Prairie, IL
Ladies tresses, Hosa Prairie, IL
Wood Betony, Horsetail Rushes, and Shooting Stars, WI
Wood Betony, Horsetail Rushes, and Shooting Stars, WI
Grass pink environment, Illinois Beach State Park, Illinois
Grass pink environment, Illinois Beach State Park, Illinois
Butterfly-weed, Konza Prairie, KS
Butterfly-weed, Konza Prairie, KS
Lead Plant and Butterfly Weed
Lead Plant and Butterfly Weed
Pale Purple Coneflowers
Pale Purple Coneflowers
Pale Purple Coneflowers
Pale Purple Coneflowers
Burr Oak Savanna
Burr Oak Savanna
Porcupine Grass, Sensitive Briar, Pale Purple Coneflowers, and Butterfly-Weed.
Porcupine Grass, Sensitive Briar, Pale Purple Coneflowers, and Butterfly-Weed.
Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey
Upright Yellow Coneflowers
Upright Yellow Coneflowers
Lead Plant, Butterfly-weed, Pale Purple Coneflower
Lead Plant, Butterfly-weed, Pale Purple Coneflower
Whorled Milkweed
Whorled Milkweed
Green Milkweed
Green Milkweed
Painted Lady Butterfly on Whorled Milkweed
Painted Lady Butterfly on Whorled Milkweed
Hoary Vervain
Hoary Vervain
Butterfly-weed, Pale Purple Coneflowers, and Sensitive Briar
Butterfly-weed, Pale Purple Coneflowers, and Sensitive Briar
Hoary Vervain  and Indian Grass
Hoary Vervain and Indian Grass
Butterfly-weed
Butterfly-weed
Butterfly-weed
Butterfly-weed
Butterfly Milk-weed buds
Butterfly Milk-weed buds
Gama Grass
Gama Grass
Mockingbird
Mockingbird
Monarch Butterfly caterpillar
Monarch Butterfly caterpillar
Sensitive Briar
Sensitive Briar
Pale Spiked Lobelia
Pale Spiked Lobelia
Skipper on Pale Purple Conefower
Skipper on Pale Purple Conefower
Spider on Coneflower with Daisy Fleabane
Spider on Coneflower with Daisy Fleabane
Bumble Bee
Bumble Bee
North American Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly
North American Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly
Gama Grass
Gama Grass
Varigated Fritillary Butterfly
Varigated Fritillary Butterfly
Foxglove Beard Tongue
Foxglove Beard Tongue
Goats Rue
Goats Rue
Hairy Wild Petunia
Hairy Wild Petunia
Butterfly-weed, Chase County, State Lake Prairie, KS
Butterfly-weed, Chase County, State Lake Prairie, KS
Juvenile Meadow Larks, Kiowa County, KS
Juvenile Meadow Larks, Kiowa County, KS
Black-eyed Susan, Kalsow Prairie, IA
Black-eyed Susan, Kalsow Prairie, IA
Prairie White-fringed Orchid, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Prairie White-fringed Orchid, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Purple Fringed Orchid, Illinois Beach Stae Park, IL
Purple Fringed Orchid, Illinois Beach Stae Park, IL
Marsh Phlox and Butterfly-weed, Kalsow Prairie, IA
Marsh Phlox and Butterfly-weed, Kalsow Prairie, IA
Shooting Stars, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Shooting Stars, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Spiderwort, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Spiderwort, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Little Bluestem, Spurge, Rough Blazing Star, Nachussa Prairie, IL
Little Bluestem, Spurge, Rough Blazing Star, Nachussa Prairie, IL
Common Morel and Yellow Star Flower, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Common Morel and Yellow Star Flower, Chiwaukee Prairie, WI
Paintbrush, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Paintbrush, Illinois Beach State Park, IL
Common Nighthawk, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS
Common Nighthawk, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS