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So much has happened over the last few weeks, I’m pretty far behind on sharing photos. On the way back from the North American Prairie Conference, Kim and I stopped at a couple different sites. One of those was the Clymer Meadow Preserve northeast of Dallas, where site manager Brandon Belcher and his interns gave us a tour. Clymer is a beautiful example of blackland prairie, and was resplendent in color, especially where they had done a summer prescribed fire in 2018. Brandon is a really thoughtful land steward and it was fun to learn from him and see a prairie type that is very different from our Nebraska sites.
Among all the blooming wildflowers, I recognized the genera of many of them, but not the species. A lot of the flowers were clearly different, but some – like the Silphium growing at Clymer – looked just like a our rosinweed at home, but wasn’t. It’s always an eerie, but fun, feeling to almost recognize a bunch of plants…
Dark clouds dissipated as we walked, providing some nice photographic light, so I was that annoying person who slows the tour by repeatedly stopping to take pictures. Since I did that, I feel like I should at least share some of the nicer ones I got. Here they are: