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A 4:23PM sunset really sneaks up on you. You’re enjoying the golden brown prairie hues and suddenly it’s nearly pitch black.
The middle photo above is a naturalized stormwater detention basin burned this fall.
The following prairie plant silhouettes are from Blackberry Trail Forest Preserve in Kendall County, IL.
Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant)
Sorghastrum nutans (indiangrass)
Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem, more lovingly known as turkeyfoot)
Ratibida pinnata (grey-headed coneflower)
Panicum virgatum (switchgrass)