Tallgrass Prairie, Part 3

The prairie is very alien. In Maine and Florida, trees dominate the landscape. But unlike a desert, this land is covered in vegetation. On this particular day, the wind was our biggest obstacle. Soon after taking this picture, we returned to the car as the wind made standing almost impossible: not an issue for the low-lying grass and the most likely reason the trees are in the valleys and not the ridges. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Tallgrass Prairie, Part 1

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas. Less than 4% of tallgrass prairie remain in the US. This national preserve has 11,000 acres under preservation. The late fall prairie is a golden brown. Click on the image for a larger view.

Mt. Monadnock

new_england_mt_monadnockMt. Monadnock, located in southern New Hampshire, is known as the most climbed mountain in America. At 3,165 ft or 965m, it is not the highest mountain in New England, but, having no other mountain of similar elevation near it, it is the most prominent feature in the area. The name is believe to be derived from the Abenaki and is thought to mean “mountain standing alone.” Mt. Monadnock gives its name to the surrounding region. Click on the image for a larger view.