It feels like autumn has arrived. We had frost on the ground yesterday, most wildflowers are done blooming, fluffy seeds are erupting across the prairie, and leaves and stems are turning from green to yellow. Leaves of shrubs and trees in and around prairies are turning red and gold. It’s also quiet. Yesterday, as I walked through a small prairie here in town, the only noises I heard were plants rasping against each other as I walked through them. Insects and birds were largely absent, or at least silent.
Here are some fall prairie photos from this week.
It’s going to be a long time before I can photograph wildflowers again. The winter is always hard in that regard. Prairie life during the winter largely goes underground, which is sensible, but difficult to photograph. I enjoy the challenge finding color, texture, and light to photograph during the long winter months, but I sure will be glad to see the first wildflowers again next spring. For now, however, I’m going to get as much enjoyment as I can from the fall colors of the prairie.
I think the aphid is actually a very young Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) nymph.
Good call. I was in a hurry and are didn’t even think it through. Thanks.
Loved your photos – as usual.
The wildflower season may be ending, but the frost, snowflake, ice season is beginning. A macro lens and an early morning frost on the grass or car window can be your friends. Hoarfrost even more so.
Wonderful stuff Chris! Thanks so much for sharing those!