Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spring Creek Prairie - Nebraska

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I've been mentioning the trip I made this past July to visit my youngest daughter, who has retired after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force and now lives with her family in Nebraska.   I was there for several days and had a marvelous time exploring the historic town in which she lives and getting to know the members of her husband's family.    After several days of staying close to home, we decided to go a little further afield to explore a place that was of interest to both of us, and which she had not previously visited.

The photos above were taken at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, in Denton, Nebraska, a few miles southwest of Lincoln, NE, and approximately 60 miles from my daughter's home.  Mother Nature provided us a beautiful day for the trip; bright sunshine and gentle breezes.

Following is very brief description of the photos in the mosaic, moving clockwise beginning with the top left image:

Spring Creek Prairie Education Center.  
View from the back porch of the center looking to the left.  
View from the same place looking to the right.   
Wagon wheel hoops placed in some remaining ruts.   
Three samples of flora -- butterfly weed [orange], tall grass, common milkweed [pink] -- found on the property and a view of the pond.    
Historical marker (lots of information to be found on the web site, the link to which is provided above.) 
Information concerning the hay-bale construction of the Education Center.    
Cut-out in the wall of the entry area showing the actual hay bales.

Before too long, as time permits, I'll post more photos and a bit more information about what we saw, heard and smelled.

Tomorrow is also a day.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great mosaic of the Spring Creek Prairie Education Center. Looks like you had a great time in Nebraska. I know you are proud of your daughter for all of her years of service in the Air Force... What a great achievement...

Thanks for sharing,Pat.

George said...

This looks like a fascinating place to visit. My understanding is that are very few locations left where the prairie can be seen as it once was. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Hilary said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit. Looking forward to more photos.

Marvin said...

Great photo collage of the nature center. Hope you are prepared for another blast of arctic air.

Arkansas Patti said...

Thanks Pat. This is a part of our country I have never been and have always wondered about. As George said, it is nice seeing the prairie the way our ancestors did.
Hope you have lots more photos.

rhymeswithplague said...

Very nice! My three years in Nebraska were confined to Douglas and Sarpy Counties mostly (Omaha and suburban Bellevue), with a foray to Plattsmouth to learn how to drive and a trip to Lincoln to say I had been there.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Lovely collage of piccies Pat and I have to say I just enjoyed seeing all that green!