|Diamond Grove Prairie|
“I was raised on country sunshine, green grass beneath my feet.
Running through fields of daisies, wading through the creek.”
--Country Sunshine by Dottie West
I was not raised in the country, I grew up in suburban St. Louis. But that did not stop me from seeking out any tiny patch of green grass, fields of flowers, or a creek to wade in when I was young. Summer was an endless time of staying outdoors hours at a time, exploring natural places, and searching for anything wild; turtles, snakes, bugs, and lots of dirt. Not yet coming into my “naturalist mentality” yet, I brought home handfuls of wildflowers to grace our home. So it was fitting that I spent the summer solstice at a prairie.
|black eyed susan|
|golden winged skimmer|
The longest day of the year is a great time to visit a prairie. You can avoid the hot mid-day heat, and still have a lot of daylight in the cooler morning and evening. Don't worry if you missed the opportunity today, tomorrow is the second longest day of the year!
|false dragonhead and purple headed sneezeweed|