Friday, November 30, 2018

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 30 - Quiet Moments on a Foggy Tallgrass Morn

When I left for work this morning it was quite foggy. As I drove, I discovered that it was much foggier in some areas than it was in others. 

As I  pulled into the parking lot at work I marveled at the beauty of the prairie landscape. 

The whole tallgrass world seemed to be draped in a thick cloak of mist and shadow and everything was so incredibly still. 

A little later in the morning I had to go out on the prairie to collect some stems of tall grass to start drying for an upcoming project. It wasn't nearly as foggy as it had been earlier, but wispy clouds of moisture still hung thick over the prairie landscape.

As I made my way around the loop behind the nature center I spied this tunnel in the grasses. 

As I was considering what kind of creature might have made it, I was startled when I heard the gentle flapping of large wings as a norther harrier hawk lifted itself from the ground to my immediate left. It couldn't have been more than eight to ten feet away from me when I saw it. We, evidently, had startled each other and, in the process, I did not think to get a picture of it. I  am sharing this one taken by Ron Dudley.

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I am quite thankful for quiet moments like this, and I am especially thankful for the peace and solitude afforded by a foggy morn out on the tallgrass prairie.

This post concludes my 30 Days of Thanksgiving series. Thank you for joining me in it! 💗

Until next time,

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