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.
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.