Saturday, June 23, 2007
Mild Meanderings over our Prairie
Prairie Grasses and Tall Cinquefoil
My husband continues to work hard at establishing, maintaining and appreciating our 30+ acre prairie. Abutting the prairie are a number of acres of woodland forest (oaks, walnuts, etc.) He actually spends a lot of time in both areas. He plants many tree saplings every Spring in and around the forest areas. And he has some pretty impressive prairie burns in the early Spring.
I've displayed a few photos from the March 18, 2007 prairie burn.
They began in the SE corner. Some people were on the east side and others were on the west, both sides burning diagonally until the fire reached the NW corner. The wind was from the northwest, which means that the fire crept into the wind.
Each of the men involved has had a lot of experience with prairie fires. As you can see, it worked out perfectly. One person on each side carried a drip (fire) torch. They each carried water backpacks with a sprayer attachment to curtail fire that might creep "out of bounds." In the end... any smoking area was sprayed, "just to be safe."
Now I'll show you some of the grasses and flowers that were given a boost due to the fires. They are within the same areas that were burned in March.
Gray Coneflower and Common Milkweed
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Gaillardia grandiflora amongst goldenrod and wild parsnip
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) close-up of Black-Eyed Susan
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) Wild Rose
Isn't it wonderful? Nothing shady here except me, I guess. :-)