Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Safari

In the Flint Hills, in the state of Kansas,
a 10,894 acre Tallgrass Prairie
is a National Park.
When I walked in the prairie I could feel the vastness.
I knew endless sun and endless grasses.
Prairie, as far as my eye could see.
I saw the Variegated Fritillary.
She is lovely.
Darners, Pennants and Damselflies defended their territory.
The Halloween Pennant is known as a Skimmer.

There are streams and ponds in the Prairie.
They are teaming with life!

The grasses in the Prairie are alive with Katydids,

and wasps.

The Eastern Collared Lizard lives in this prairie.

As do many different Grasshoppers.

We hiked for five hours.
I was hot and tired.

This is a pristine prairie.
A wonderful Sunday safari.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a nice outing Sherry. I always feel tiny when in a prairie. The inhabitants there are mostly small too. Aren't the grasshoppers interesting in their different colors and markings.

Jayne said...

A wonderful Sunday safari indeed! Love that Halloween Skimmer!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Sherry! It looks like all those creatures just jump in front of you to pose! Wonderful pictures, thank you!

Rose said...

Over 10,000 acres of prairie--wow! I am so glad they have preserved this in a National Park. What a perfect place for a safari, and you certainly found some excellent specimens, Sherry. I didn't realize there were different kinds of grasshoppers. We do have the flying ones, whatever they're called--several times I've chased after what I thought was a butterfly to photograph it, only to discover it was a flying grasshopper:)

Cheryl said...

Good morning Sherry....pristine prairie indeed.....absolutely stunning....what a wonderful habitat.

Teaming with life....this is sweet music to my ears....thank you for capturing the beautiful residents, and sharing with us.....

We need to protect these areas....once lost we never really get them back again......

I am smiling this morning....I thank you for that.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

One of the best photo groupings I have ever seen ... and I have been around a long time.

Well done !!!!!!!!

Hello from SpeedyCat :-)

Judy said...

Sherry, I love your macro shots - I learn so much from them! I never knew what a katydid looked like! And all the insects have their own colours!
How is The Secret Life of Plants reading up? I am trying to see if it is in the library here.

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Beautiful!! ;-)

Positive mention of the Flint Hills always gets my attention! Thanks!
So happy it brought me to your site. Hope you and your readers visit regularly.

Our 22 county Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, Inc. promotes visits to the Kansas Flint Hills – the website is:

Best wishes!
Dr. Bill ;-)
Personal Blog:

Mel said...

Hola Sherry :)

I wish I could visit places like that. Maybe in the future I'll live in a place that has more green and less concrete.



Chrissie said...

Great photos as always, Sherry. Please tell me how Katydids have their name :-)

Cathy said...

Glad to see you had some fun this weekend. Excellent photos

Anonymous said...

Wide open spaces. The West's open expanses always seem to beckon to me.

Meggie said...

Wow, I love your photography as usual. I think we have those Katydids, but we call them grasshoppers, though they are smaller than the ones I knew as grasshoppers.
The Halloween Skimmer is brilliant!
Thanks for sharing.

easygardener said...

It is hard for me on this relatively small island to imagine a prairie on that scale. I'd love to see one. It looks very impressive - and full of interesting wildlife.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your photos are so detailed...makes me want to stay away from wasps and look a little closer at the lizard! We love to hike but I sure get tired easier these days! lol