Sun, Surf, and Tallgrass

Like many Midwesterners, I migrated south this week. I’m temporarily trading tallgrass for beaches and waves, warmth, and a change of pace.

Florida sunsets are legendary.

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No more exotic, however, than prairie sunrises. So much color! From tangerine, rose, and purple …

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…to solid gold.

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Prairie sunsets are also in a class of their own. Often, they close the day with a smooth pastel coda.

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Other evenings, they bring the day to an end with texture and movement.

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Between sunrise and sunset, the prairie skies are a prime canvas to thumbprint a sundog.

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A sundog’s fleeting rainbow luminescence is a pleasant, unexpected bonus; especially after a bone-chilling February day hiking the tallgrass.

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This week, I’ll walk the beach each night, enjoying the light show over the Gulf of Mexico.

On one evening the spectacle is in neon …

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… on another, the display may be more subdued.

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But—for a Midwestern girl like myself—nothing beats the winter kaleidoscope of Illinois’ prairie skies.

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All photos copyright Cindy Crosby (top to bottom): sunrise, Captiva Island, Florida; sunrise, author’s backyard prairie, Glen Ellyn, IL; sunrise, Hidden Lake, Forest Preserve of DuPage County, Downers Grove, IL; sunset with tent, Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; sunset, Hidden Lake, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Downers Grove, IL;  sundog, Cook County Forest Preserves; sundog, Russell Kirt Prairie East, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL; sunset, Sanibel Island, Florida; sunset, Captiva Island, Florida; sunset, author’s prairie, Glen Ellyn, IL.

6 responses to “Sun, Surf, and Tallgrass

  1. Beautiful Cindy. Enjoy your week on the beach. Nancy Crosby told me about your blog.

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  2. Thanks for the compliment — so happy to see you here, Betty!

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  3. Love the photos and the prose! What camera do you use when you travel? I’m curious as to whether you travel with equipment, or if you simply use your phone!

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  4. Ruth, thank you. I use a little Canon Powershot, nothing special. Fits in my pocket. Also my cell phone!

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  5. Seems like we went south about the same time, I’m still getting caught up. I was in Nokomis, near Venice. Love your sunsets/sunrise photos!

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  6. Sondra, we weren’t far from each other! Hope you saw some beautiful skies and surf.

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