Twilight in the Tallgrass

“Twilight drops her curtain down and pins it with a star.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery

Come with me. Let’s take a hike on the prairie at twilight.

IMG_4732

See how the slant of sunlight shapes shadows on the leaves.

IMG_4720

How the prairie dock forms a backdrop for wild hyacinths; a contrast of  leather and lace.

 

Soft impressionistic clouds of prairie dropseed light up as the sun slips beyond the horizon.

IMG_4731

 

At twilight, you notice the beauty of the back of a wild geranium, which looked so ordinary earlier in the day.

IMG_4878

 

You stand, astonished. And then, one by one, the stars come out, casting their star-shadows…

IMG_4726

 

You wait, and see a shooting star, or two, or three…

 

IMG_4702

 

Crazy constellations of flowers twirl across the grasses….

IMG_4771

 

…and galaxies of petals swirl their pollinating passengers.

IMG_4764

 

You think about your life, as you contemplate the play of light and dark.

IMG_4814

 

So much to see and think about, if you hike the tallgrass at twilight.

All photos copyright Cindy Crosby, taken at the Schulenberg Prairie, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle,  IL:  trail through the prairie; prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) and wild hyacinths (Camassia scilloides); prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis); wild geranium (Geranium maculatum); starry Solomon’s seal (Smilacina stellata); shooting stars, (Dodecatheon meadia); golden Alexander (Zizia aurea); wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis); prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum).

The opening quote is by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the beloved author of Anne of Green Gables and its numerous sequels. She did most of her writing at twilight.

6 responses to “Twilight in the Tallgrass

  1. I just want to thank you for your lovely blog. I have gained more appreciation for prairies and prairie restoration. Just lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I’m inspired to plant some of these lovely wildflowers. Do you think they would grow on our land? Shooting stars, wild hyacinth?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Cindy, this is DIVINE. You are a poet in word and photo. Love this. 💗✨ And by the way, that Lucy Maud quote happens to be one of my favorites! xxoo

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thank you, Amy! What encouraging words. I’m so glad we both share a love for that quote!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s