Last weekend, Kim did a 50k training run at Wilson Lake in Kansas and I went along. While she ran 31 miles, I took photos of stars, cicadas, spiders, and more. I also met her at various stops along the trail with water and snacks.
It’s dry in Kansas, just like it is in Nebraska, but there was still a lot going on in the prairie. I was really surprised at the number of plains dog day cicadas (I think?) I saw in the vegetation before dawn. Once the sun came up, they started zipping noisily all over the place. Various orb web spiders were also scattered around in the grass. I also saw a lot of mayflies, crane flies, hover flies, and much more.
The lake and shoreline were full of boats and people but I pretty much had the prairies to myself. It was nice to have some solitude, but also a reminder that we need to keep working to get people interested in prairies! Here are some of the photos I took on Sunday morning.