John Madson, Where the Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass Prairie
Friday, October 25, 2013
Midwest Nature Quote of the Week
In many tallgrass prairies, the break between forest and grassland was shockingly abrupt. A man would walk through forest among many of the same flowers and trees that he had known in Pennsylvania…. He would break through a narrow belt of sunflowers, and then out into an open world of limitless sky and distance. At his back were the familiar trees and flowers of the Old States; out front were prairie coneflowers and compass-plants, and a vast sea of grasses in an entirely new plant association. In ten strides he had passed from one world to another, across what was probably the sharpest, clearest boundary between any of the major floristic provinces of the New World.