Prairie walk

Earlier this season I shared photographs of a walk in the woods, apres Earth Day. There is another part of this trail that I didn’t walk on until recently–a part that is mostly prairie. And oh, I never knew how much I loved the prairie.

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What IS it about this walk that is so charming?

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I think it has to do with alternating trees and open prairie. Just like a house needs sheltered alcoves as well as tall ceilings, the outdoors is nicer when one alternately has space to breathe and space to hide.

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I miss that line of trees, when I’m in a place that doesn’t have it.

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This patch of woods along the way feels magical. There should be paths coming off it on either side, leading to cozy brick houses with bread baking in the kitchens. I always look for Miss Honey and Matilda here, and think, “Never and never my girl wandering far and near / In the land of hearthstone tales and spelled asleep”.

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More shelter–a grove of mulberry trees.

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A sweet, cool grove. Mulberries are tasty, incidentally.

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Back to open prairie. I love how the native plants and grasses are almost as tall as I am.

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Laura? Where are you?

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Capability Brown, where are you?

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Yes, I DO want to know what’s around that bend. Yes, yes, yes!

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Am I wrong to feel that this part of the landscape is almost… Austenian?

And the wildflowers here are completely different from the ones I’m used to. More on those later.

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