Prairie Sunrise

We made our second trip of the summer to the Tallgrass Prairie recently. On our first trip we were there at sunset, and so this time we got there before sunrise hoping to photograph the bison again, but in morning light for a change.  We arrived before sunrise, loaded up our camera stuff, and started walking. When we had gone about a mile, we reached a hill overlooking an old stone schoolhouse. The Wild Bergamot was in full bloom,

there was a light breeze and so we stopped to watch the sunrise.

The Lower Fox Creek School was built in 1882. A one room school housing all grades, it sadly closed in 1930.

Wild Bergamot is a native wildflower belonging to the mint family. The Native Americans used the plant to treat a variety of illnesses, and also to perfume their hair and clothes. Tea can be brewed from the dried leaves too.

Once the sun was up we continued on our walk.

We saw many wildflowers including Narrow Leaf Verbena,

and Moth Mullein.

The prairie grasses swayed in the breeze,

and little clouds skittered across the sky.

Finally we caught sight of the bison herd in the distance.


—-> Thursday: We catch up with the bison herd, again. And then we lose them. And then we find them. (And were my dogs barking….ugh)


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19 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    Love this time of day! Thanks for the photos of the views and the wild flowers. All lovely! (Better your dogs than mine,LOL)

  2. Beautiful shots of the sunrise! Lovely flowers too! I hope you catch some closer shots of the bison one day. I know I want to! 🙂


    • Suzanne says:

      If you’re wanting to get some shots of the bison, and don’t mind some hefty walking, we highly recommend the Tallgrass Prairie. It’s not too far from you and the trails are open 7 days a week.

  3. Mary says:

    Wow, wow, wow!!! What a piece of heaven here on earth. The untouched beauty, left alone by human hands. Wow. I barter goat milk soap made with my goat milk scented with bergomont. It smells so good. Thanks for such a beautiful blog.

  4. Glyndalyn says:

    Wow, I love seeing photos of the prairie.

  5. Laura says:

    beautiful pictures – almost felt like I was walking right along with you guys!


  6. Chester's Mom says:

    Suzanne, I can’t say this enough- thank you, thank you!
    I check in at least once a day to see your beautiful pictures and share your travels, it makes my day!

  7. bakingbarb says:

    WOW WOW and WOW the sunrise is beyond stunning. Would have loved to be able to smell the bergamont, an absolute favorite.

    • Suzanne says:

      Thank you bakingbarb. The bergamont did smell wonderful, and there is so much of it on that particular prairie. It’s having a good year too as they’ve had some good rains.

  8. Elaine Snively says:

    Beautiful! I was surprised to see pale purple bergamot. The wild ones in Upper Michigan are pale pink. The ones in my garden are a vibrant magenta color.

    • Suzanne says:

      Love the magenta colored ones. All of them around here are the pale purple. Would love to see your pink variety.

  9. Such beautiful photos of the sunrise! I just love stuff like that. It’s the best! I love your photos of the wildflowers too!

  10. Jeannelle says:

    Gorgeous prairie scenes!

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