Summer Friday Blog: The Tallgrass Prairie in the American Midwest

The tallgrass prairies of the great plains in the United States are in their summer glory right now, so I thought we would take a walk through the prairie and share some pictures. Eight foot tall compass plants are painting their yellow glory against the deep greens of late summer and the contrasting clear blue skies. Butterflies of all types–monarchs, viceroys, red admirals and others are visiting the showy flowers and munching on the milkweeds. Sandhill cranes are teaching their young to fly. Dragonflies are looping and buzzing in the skies above.

Daisies and other flora where the prairie meets the woods. Madison, WI. photocredit: Michele Arduengo

Daisies and other flora where the prairie meets the woods. Madison, WI. photocredit: Michele Arduengo

Monarchs and other butterflies can be found around fields of milkweed, now in bloom. photo credit: Michele Arduengo

Monarchs and other butterflies can be found around fields of milkweed, now in bloom. photo credit: Michele Arduengo

The view on the prairie is breathtaking. photo credit: Michele Arduengo

The view on the prairie is breathtaking. photo credit: Michele Arduengo

Some studies suggest that a walk in a natural area can reduce stress and boost creativity. Here at Promega Headquarters in Madison, WI, we are surrounded by prairie remnants and rain gardens. Where is your favorite natural place to walk and recharge?

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Michele Arduengo

Social Media Manager at Promega Corporation
Michele earned her B.A. in biology at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and her PhD through the BCDB Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Michele manages the Promega Connections blog. She enjoys leisure reading, writing creative nonfiction and knitting, and the occasional cross-country skiing jaunt.

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