May 31, 2021

Wordless Prairie Six Weeks After Prescribed Burn

prairie late spring
May 31: prairie at end of spring
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April: prairie following a prescribed burn

prairie late winter
March: prairie just before snowmelt

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December: prairie before the snow

25 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a quick turnaround by my frame of reference! With it as dry as it is here, I don't imagine we'd ever see that much green within one month's time.

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    1. Yes, it's rather incredible how quickly a Midwestern prairie greens up after a burn. We are having a moderate drought this spring, but nothing like the dryness you experience. Of course, it's an entirely different ecosystem. I hope you will get some rain soon.

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  2. These pictures are priceless in illustrating how resilient nature is.
    Prescribed burns (and some accidental ones) really make a difference in the health of the ecosystem of the prairie and some forest areas .. it is all about the controlled burn not getting out of hand.
    Thank you Beth for the advice on the Korean lilac .. I'm just a little worried about the top becoming really large and the small trunk (it seems small to me) not looking in proportion ? to it.
    I haven't done this before and it can be a bit nerve wracking ? LOL

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    1. Thank you. :) Yes, the prairie really recovers quickly; in fact, it will be healthier in the months ahead. You're welcome about the Korean lilac. As I mentioned, I have two myself. I used to be nervous about trimming them, but you really can't go wrong because they'll grow back. But it does help to let it grow a season to get a feel for its natural shape. Good luck!

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  3. P.S. Thank you so much for your kind comments about my garden !

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    1. It's a special place, Donna. Never terribly busy, although the entire property of the state park seems to be quite popular. It's been fun to try to capture roughly the same angle at the same spot for a useful comparison.

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    1. Indeed. It's amazing how fast the life comes back!

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    1. I know! And it happened so fast. It's getting harder to photograph the same view!

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  8. Wow ... that is dramatic! The veg looks so invigorated!!

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    1. It is very green, and more plants are blooming every day!

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  9. Amazing to see how nature can bounce back.

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    1. Yes, and it's fun to go to the same spot in different seasons and see the changes.

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  10. What a difference a few weeks makes in your region!

    Here the changes are more subtle--though there are changes.

    The green of your May 31 is so very very green. Nothing is ever so green here.

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    1. April and May are generally the greenest months here. Soon, the prairie will be filled with many more colors. :)

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  11. It is wonderful to see how green returns after a fire.

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  12. I love these seasonal shots, grouped together. They really show the changes and especially the renewal of prairie life. Well done, Beth!

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    1. Thanks, Tina. Yes, it's fun to compare this "spot" at various stages. Midsummer, in full bloom, will look much different!

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