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.
No more exotic, however, than prairie sunrises. So much color! From tangerine, rose, and purple …
…to solid gold.
Prairie sunsets are also in a class of their own. Often, they close the day with a smooth pastel coda.
Other evenings, they bring the day to an end with texture and movement.
Between sunrise and sunset, the prairie skies are a prime canvas to thumbprint a sundog.
A sundog’s fleeting rainbow luminescence is a pleasant, unexpected bonus; especially after a bone-chilling February day hiking the tallgrass.
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 …
… on another, the display may be more subdued.
But—for a Midwestern girl like myself—nothing beats the winter kaleidoscope of Illinois’ prairie skies.
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.