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The rain had ended, but it was still cloudy, humid and a bit misty when I made my way to the Schulenberg Prairie at the Morton Arboretum.  No people, just birds singing, flowers blooming and treasure hunting among the prairie plants and trees of the nearby savannah.  What treasures?  Giant fuzzy bees sleeping in the swirling flowers of the wood betony, delicate hyacinths and shooting stars poking up among the grasses, and colorful indigo buntings romancing in the branches…and my favorite, a tattered monarch searching for milkweed to lay her eggs, at the end of a long journey.  After taking my walk, I settled down to sketch, accompanied by bird song, a beautiful way to end the morning.  Enjoy!

Shooting Stars Sketch
© 2018 Karen A Johnson

Join Cindy Crosby, prairie naturalist, and me as we explore the prairie and sketch what we find in “Pleinair at the Prairie” on June 4, 2018 at the Morton Arboretum.