Give Me a Home …

… where the Buffalo Roam!

When I visited Prairie State Park (southwestern Missouri) last week, I first set up my tent, which would be my home for a couple of days:

 

The campground at the park is quite small … two spots! But on my previous visits to the park, I’ve never seen anyone camping there. On this trip, however, I arrived to find one of the 2 spots taken by a couple of senior fishermen. Even so, there was plenty of room for me … the camping spots are quite spacious here:

Camping at Prairie State Park

 

After unloading everything and setting up camp, I headed out to one of the park’s many trails, where I found some of the behemoth residents of the prairie, the American Bison (Bos bison) grazing among the area’s wildflowers:

Bison grazing on the prairie

Bison grazing on the prairie

 

 

Much of Prairie State Park’s soil was too rocky for early settlers to plow, so it was used for haying and grazing. This has left a large tract of land with high-quality unplowed prairie that today has some splendid wildflower displays! Over the next few posts, I’ll feature some of the many wildflowers and small prairie creatures I found during my 3 days of photographing there.

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