Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hot Summer Daze




The trail opened up into a sea of greenery. The heat and humidity was so oppressive it was nice to hear the birds around him. It was fun to see the new growth on this very new prairie, returned to it's glory from a former agricultural field. White clover dotted the path and offered a bit of sweetness to the thick air. It would take many more years for this to mature into a prairie sea he thought, but was maturing well. He came around a bend and watched an Eastern Kingbird harvesting a meal of insects. The weather hadn' t slowed this fellow down, it was on guard from a variety of perches around him.

A familiar face appeared with a smile, a swath cut through where a new drilling of seed offered opportunity to new arrivals on this old land. Snow on the Mountain dotted this trail, thick in a few places where the tractor had slowed a bit, or perhaps just the right conditions for it's growth. This gave him good memories of when he had first seen this beautiful plant growing in a rather bleak area in the Badlands. At the time he walked carefully so as to not disturb it.

He was with  a large group and they had been working on a number of research projects across the midwest. Coming into this federal land, it was amazing how the hills felt so alive with such sparse vegetation. The study was looking how rotation of the buffalo herds was keeping the variety of plants going and making sure recent burns were successful to remove non-native species. A GPS was used to give them exact locations to identify, and at the time was huge compared to the handheld devices he used now.

A storm was moving through from the west, and offered a unique series of photos as the colors changed in the sky. He wasn't worried about the  destructive forces of  this menacing sky as much as getting a winning picture for the weekly slide shows all in this group shared.He ran to get at a perfect perch as the clouds rolled through competing with a beautiful sunset. Another photographer joined him, both exchanging information about themselves as they clicked away at the changing skies. This fellow was from Georgia and worked with National Geographic, so he felt he perhaps had a chance to meet or perhaps join his crew. They snapped until film ran out and changed it as they moved with the quick moving storm. He shared a roll with his new friend, not having a lot left and knowing they were very far from a store where they could get more. The clouds moved off over the massive hills and turned half of the sky black and the other half a beautiful orange. He stopped to enjoy this and turned to his friend and laughed how they both hadn't paid attention to their path coming in. When they finally saw the campground a sigh of relief was felt by both of these lost souls, but the film they had shot was precious.





Snow on the Mountain

19 comments:

  1. That red barn is wonderful, as are your photos of the blue vervain. How I wish it grew in Tennessee!

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  2. I'm so happy that at least sections of the prarie are returning. Beautiful pictures as always.

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  3. That snow on the mountain is gorgeous. I've never heard of that before

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  4. I miss the prairie flowers. They are so hearty. I love the photo by the river. Reminds me of home. The barn is beautiful. Thank you as always for the walk.

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  5. That Snow on the Mountain is a beautiful plant, and one I'd never seen before.

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  6. Some of your best photos. The story sounds like a real, and recent experience.

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  7. Hi Steve, Wow---that Snow on the Mountain is gorgeous. I've never ever seen that before... Just beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Betsy

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  8. You seem to find the most interesting shots. Beautiful! The barn picture is amazing.

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  9. Another nice photos, Steve.
    Over here, not hot, nearly not warm. I think we shall not have a nice summer.

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  10. Love the Snow on the Mountain!!! Beautiful shots Steve!
    hughugs

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  11. Beautiful photos. Is that a French barn. I know that other places they settled in America, they built round barns.

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  12. It certainly has been hot here too. Great pictures!

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  13. I'm starting to get used to trails cut into the grass like the one in your picture. It was an odd sight the first few times I saw them. Now I'm learning to get the same sense of adventure from them as all the other kinds of trails I follow.

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  14. My bathroom was nice, Stve, Today it is completely destroyed. We change everything.

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  15. I went to DeSoto last week and saw the snow on the mountain everywhere, but didn't know that's what it was. Thank you!

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  16. Nice photos Steve! The heat is real bad in some parts. Our weather hasn't been too bad but it will be 90 tomorrow and almost 90 today. Nothing like yours though! Take care. Happy 4th!

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  17. The story put me right into these lovely photos, the sign of a great writer. Thanks Steve.

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  18. Beautiful photos. The barn looks amazing. I need to learn more about taking a great picture. We have a relatively new camera. Looking forward to reading seeing more. I am your newest follower. Happy 4th. Linda

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