I spent last week in Houston, attending The Nature Conservancy’s Global Science Gathering. It was a great meeting and I came away with lots of ideas for thought-provoking blog posts. This isn’t one of them.
One night at dinner, in the midst of a wide-ranging discussion, a friend mentioned participating in a challenge to turn scientific journal articles into poems. Without really meaning to, I immediately composed a bad limerick about the value of fire in prairies. (I’m not really right in the head.) Since that night, my brain keeps trying to write more limericks about prairies. Rather than keep all the fun to myself, I thought maybe we could turn it into a communal activity.
As a result, I’m introducing The Prairie Ecologist’s first annual Prairie Limerick Contest. Send me your best prairie-themed limericks in the comments section below and I’ll pick out my favorites to share in an upcoming post.
Here’s an example to get your creative juices flowing:
Joe loved prairies with flowers and bees, But his poor kids were filled with unease “We hate this,” they chorused “Let’s move to the forest!” He said “Sure, just get rid of the trees!”
I should mention, this contest is sponsored by Pete’s Plants, a totally fake company that offers everything you need for establishing a backyard prairie garden or large-scale grassland restoration project. In addition to their sponsorship, Pete’s Plants even provided their own limerick (below). Thank you to Pete and all his staff!
Well, August was an awesome month for my square meter photography project. An unbelievable number of insects visited my little plot of prairie during the month, many of them drawn by the abundant and very charismatic Maximilian sunflowers. After a lot of sorting and decision-making, I ended up with well over 150 high quality photos from the month. I’m sharing 18 of those with you here.
I started this project with the hope of inspiring people about the beauty and diversity of prairies. What I didn’t expect was the degree to which I, myself, have been inspired and affected by the project. The diversity of life I’ve recorded has been amazing, but the process of slowing down, focusing in, and appreciating what I find in a tiny space has become a powerful experience for me. Rather than feeling like I’m missing other photographic opportunities by returning over and over to the same little spot, I actually find myself wishing I was there when I’m not.
Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying these updates along the way. I’m working on some ideas for how to share the entire project after the year is over. If you have suggestions along those lines, please feel free to share them!