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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Bountiful Monarchs – A very good year in the prairie

By Carol / 14 August 2018 / 6 Comments

When we planted our prairie patch 10 years ago, one goal was to provide butterfly habitat. In the ensuing years, we’ve seen an uptick in pollinators. Bees of many varieties. A wealth of dragonflies. Yet…

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Making way for new – Prairie & Writing

By Carol / 20 September 2016 / 12 Comments

We lost a grand old willow tree a year ago. Age and weather took their toll, and it finally had to be removed. Though losing the willow with all the associated memories was sad, the…

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Unidentified flying objects inhabit prairie

By Carol / 05 July 2016 / 14 Comments

The prairie is a strange and wonderful place. Each time I visit, I discover wildlife from both the plant and insect kingdoms I’ve never seen before. I’m not nearly as good at identifying the insects…

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After the fire – Beauty

By Carol / 01 July 2016 / 22 Comments

We burned our prairie this spring, and the fire my husband lit spread rapidly through the dried residue of the previous year’s grasses and flowers. Within minutes, we were left with nothing but a bare,…

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Are you aging like the prairie?

By Carol / 02 September 2014 / 14 Comments

As I walk my prairie this year, I’m struck by how it’s maturing. I was aware that flowers predominate in a newly established prairie while grasses take over in later years. This year, I’m seeing…

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A prairie reminder: Patience

By Carol / 05 August 2014 / 8 Comments

Six years ago, I prepared the soil and sowed the seeds for a native Iowa prairie. The seed mix I chose from Ion Exchange contained 37 different varieties of prairie wildflowers and grasses. I was…

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It's magic. Spring prairie emerges as old growth melts away

By Carol / 13 June 2014 / 0 Comments

I tend to take fewer prairie pictures in the early spring. What’s to see? It’s brown. Tall fronts of dried prairie grasses wave in muted contrast to the new green of surrounding trees and grass.…

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Forging paths in the prairie and in writing

By Carol / 12 September 2013 / 12 Comments

Since my granddaughters were born, I’ve taken them to the prairie every time they visit us. As little ones, they were carried in. As they grew older, I led the way.   On her last…

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A bird's eye view of hawks

By Carol / 01 August 2013 / 4 Comments

Five years ago, we planted a prairie patch in our front yard. Since then, we’ve noticed an increase in raptors. We hear more owls hooting in the night. We see more hawks soaring high above.…

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In the morning light – A Prairie Update

By Carol / 22 July 2013 / 4 Comments

The days are breathtakingly hot and humid nationwide this July. Yet in the early morning, as the sun crests the horizon, temperatures are more tolerable and the air still fresh. The more forgiving, early sun…

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