Capturing autumn, part IV: autumn on the prairie
In this final installment, I’d like to share one of my favorite autumn locations.
The Schulenberg Prairie at the Morton Arboretum, in Lisle Illinois. You’ve heard (seen?) me speak of the Schulenberg Prairie on occasion, but you might not realize just how beautiful a prairie can be in autumn. Most probably associate prairies with summertime, envisioning fields of green grass and towering sunflowers. Yet during autumn, the prairie is awash in the reds, yellows and bronze colors of native grasses, and the whites and purples of native asters. Late-blooming yellow, white and purple native wildflowers dot the landscape. Delicate grass seed heads sway in the breeze, while the milkweed seed pods look like something out of a science fiction film…
I hope you found one or two helpful tips in the previous installments of this series. There are plenty of other wonderful resources online and in print which can help you create better images, in autumn or at any time of the year. For starters, I suggest studying the works of folks such as John Shaw, Art Wolfe, Freeman Patterson and William Neil. Each of these gentlemen has also produced several highly recommended photography books. I’m especially fond of the books by Mr. Shaw and Mr. Patterson. Please have a look at my links page for more website suggestions.
Thanks for following along.