Illinois Prairies in July


Illinois was once 80% tall-grass prairie. Today little true prairie remains. Prairie remnants are typically restored landscapes with most invasive plants removed.

The following images are the results of a class I took. We photographed at the Schulenburg Prairie in the Morton Arboretum and at Springbrook Prairie in Naperville.

This is what we first saw.

Prairie Prairie edged by forest
Prairie A fellow classmate abandoned her tripod to get closer to the prairie plants. Notice how high the plants are growing.

Taking a closer look.

Prairie Dew Drops
Prairie The Prairie Dock was reaching for the sky.
Prairie Prairie Dock
Prairie Chicory - The root of this plant is sometimes used to enhance coffee.
Prairie Chicory flower bud
Prairie Milkweed. Butterflies like it.
Prairie Bee Balm, a.k.a Monarda
Prairie This bee was visiting a Bee Balm flower.
Prairie Queen Ann's Lace - looking up
Prairie Cone Flower