Each spring, I look forward to visiting Cherokee Prairie, an Arkansas Natural Heritage Site. There are a number of pieces of land in Arkansas similar to this; allowed to grow naturally, with only foot traffic allowed.
This spring, I’ve been able to make several visits to the Prairie, and here’s some of what I’ve seen – and photographed.
Among the first wildflowers to bloom is Indian Paintbrush. I visited once and they were just beginning to show color; a later visit and the Prairie was nearly covered with the colorful red flowers.
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea), Cherokee Prairie, near Charleston, Arkansas
Then, in the midst of the red flowers was this yellow version.
A yellow version of Indian Paintbrush
Here’s another image (my favorite) of the same yellow flower, juxtaposed with the red ones in the background.
Yellow Indian Paintbrush, Cherokee Prairie near Charleston, AR
Next, a few weeks later, the Purple Coneflowers covered the Prairie:
Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), Cherokee Prairie, Charleston, Arkansas
Purple Coneflower framed by Doll’s Daisy, Cherokee Prairie, Charleston, Arkansas
Large patch of Purple Coneflowers, Cherokee Prairie, Charleston, Arkansas
There are other wildflowers there; these are some of my favorites.
And, the visitor can also see some other “flying flowers”, such as this Eastern Tailed-Blue. This was a first for me, and I appreciate our friend, Anne Sayers, helping identify it…
Eastern Tailed-Blue, Cherokee Prairie, Charleston, Arkansas
These images were all made with the Sony Alpha77, a Minolta 100mm macro lens and, more recently, a Tamron 180mm macro lens, Manfrotto tripod and Really Right Stuff ball head. And, all the water drops were there before I was… 🙂