The Tallgrass Prairie In Winter

Harland and I spent New Year’s day at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. It had snowed there the day before and we wanted to see the prairie and the bison herd in the snow. We drove down in the morning and by mid-afternoon we were hiking out on one of the trails.

I hurt my knee last spring and have been favoring it all summer and fall as it slowly healed and I didn’t want to carry much camera gear. So I was traveling light with just my video camera and tripod. Harland had a full backpack of camera gear.

Here’s one of his images:

And here’s a little video I took of the snowy prairie.

(By the way, it was really really cold and we didn’t have any kleenex, so I apologize for my drippy state.)



Our goal was to find the bison herd and we finally spotted them on a distant hill about a mile away, give or take.  So we went down a hill, across a creek, meandered about in a valley, stopping often to rest. Finally we hiked up a high hill where we found the herd.

Stay tuned……



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9 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    The drippy nose made me chuckle! You are and always have been so REAL!

  2. Alica says:

    Brrr…that looks cold, but pretty!

  3. Beautiful! And real. 🙂

  4. Ruth in IA says:

    For having a sore knee, it sounds like you did a lot of walking. I hope it’s better soon.

  5. Chester's Mom says:

    So beautiful, I love winter! Does the wind blow constantly on the prairie?

    • Suzanne says:

      Wind is really bad around here in March, April, May, and June. Pretty much windy all day every day then – 30-40mph with wind gusts up to 50 or 60mph. The rest of the time a little breeze, and occasionally still.

  6. Lynda M O says:

    Such a lovely landscape; hope your knee doesn’t give you negative feedback after such a wondrous afternoon of walking. I look forward to seeing the next batch of pics, thanks.

  7. cameu says:

    I am just amazed at how you make things so interesting.
    Many of these places I would just drive go by.
    You show the picture & tell the history. That would take a little time on your part. Thanks

    Snow sure looks pretty.. Just lots of rain here in Seattle

  8. Ilse says:

    Just love your pictures and stories. Thanks to you, we have stopped at The Tallgrass Prairie and loved it. Thank you for sharing.

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