Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tallgrass Prairie

On our last day in Oklahoma A's dad took us to see the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Tallgrass prairie is a remarkably diverse ecosystem (remarkable for those of us used to trees)! It actually makes sense when you think about it, though--trees limit the sunlight that makes it to the forest floor, which allows a smaller group of species to flourish. On the wide open prairie, everyone gets sun!

The gateway to the Preserve is in Pawhuska, a sleepy little town featured on Pioneer Woman's show and blog (she didn't blog about the outside of the building that her family is renovating in Pawhuska until weeks after our trip, but I think this storefront that I loved is actually hers!).

From Pawhuska we headed out to the prairie. Waaaayyyy out. 

You guys know I love Instagram (I mean, obvi). It works well for snippets of life back East. But the square format is woefully inadequate to convey the grandeur of the open prairie. When I get a real camera I will definitely be returning to Oklahoma!
The elusive buffalo! Sadly the herds were elsewhere that day. 
The hilly part
Flat is beautiful.
On top of the prairie right here.

Scant signs of human life scattered throughout the preserve.

Lots of cows in OK. 

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