Of Bison and Butterflies

Today’s prairie post is brought to you by the letter “B.”       

“B” is for bison, big, bored, and brown.

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“B” is for barns; the prairie’s “downtown.”

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“B” is for butterflies that brighten the blooms.

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Monarch 816 My backyard

 

“B” is for bugs; they “zips” and they “zooms.”

 

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“B’ is for bluestem, both big…

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…and so small.

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“B” is for beaten path, the trail through it all.

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“B” is for brave, brawny, and bold…

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And “B” is for beautiful; 

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My tale is now told.

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All photos copyright Cindy Crosby(top to bottom): bison (Bison bison) Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; old barn, Dixon, IL; black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) on gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) with flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata) in the background, Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; monarch (Danaus plexippus), author’s backyard prairie, Glen Ellyn, IL; band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum) with a stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) Belmont Prairie Nature Preserve, Downer’s Grove, IL; little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) with flowering spurge in the background (Euphorbia corollata), Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL;  trail through the tallgrass, Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; bison (Bison bison), Nachusa Grasslands, Franklin Grove, IL; prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum), author’s backyard prairie patch, Glen Ellyn, IL.

15 responses to “Of Bison and Butterflies

  1. B is beautiful post. 🙂

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  2. Very fun, Cindy. Thanks for making me smile.

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  3. Haw haw haw haw…..

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  4. Look forward to your posts every Tuesday!
    Your photos and quotes are fabulous. 🤗

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  5. I love the letter B. ☺ And all its associated critters. On Aug 16, 2016 6:24 AM, “Tuesdays in the Tallgrass” wrote:

    > Cindy Crosby posted: “Today’s prairie post is brought to you by the letter > “B.” “B” is for bison, big, bored, and brown. “B” is for barns; the > prairie’s “downtown.” “B” is for butterflies that brighten the blooms. > “B” is for bugs; they “zips”” >

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  6. I hate to argue with someone who knows the scientific names of plants but I believe the swallowtail butterfly in on a yellow coneflower seed head.

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    • Hi Joe — Thanks for commenting. The seedheads are gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), but the blooms (behind the coneflowers) are flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata). Sorry for any confusion, Joe! I’ll clarify that in the credits. Thanks for reading — I love it that you were looking so closely. I wish everyone paid such close attention to the natural world!

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  7. B is for breathtaking barn photo!

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  8. Love this! So creative!! xox

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