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Monday, July 8, 2013

Prairie In Owen Conservation Park

With the move to our house looming, M and I decided to hike Owen Conservation Park one last time. Earlier in the year, we saw that the prairie had been burned and when we returned, the prairie was in full bloom! Prairies undergo prescribed burns in order to replenish the soil, burn away old dead plants, and to ensure that trees won't grow. Within a few weeks, we watched the blackened earth tun into the lush verdant prairie we were used to seeing. We strolled through the park, enjoying the blue skies and green fields before heading back to the apartment to finish our packing.

April 7, 2013

We visited Owen in April

Remnants of the blizzard in December

Desolate field

Desolate prairie field

 April 24, 2013

Prescribed burning on prairie

Prescribed burning surrounding the oak trees

Prairie burn

Burned to a crisp

Scorched grown

June 30, 2013

Owen post-prairie burn

Prairie, post-burn

The grasses and flowers are growing robustly after the burn

Prairie

Thick lush prairie

Prairie field

Dragonflies basking in the sun

Ox eye daisies

Asters

Sun setting on wood lilies

We had to watch where we were hiking since there were so many spring peepers jumping around.

Spring Peeper

Sunset in Owen Park

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