I’ve been back home in Illinois for a couple of weeks now. I literally ran away from the desert earlier than I had anticipated, driven away by the wind. Our desert house is in a part of the Coachella Valley (the north end of Palm Springs), which captures the strong winds that rush through the San Gorgonio Pass (or Banning Pass). Those winds power the wind turbines, but also can create havoc. And this year……OMG, it’s been a rough April and May. A wind storm that lasts an hour or so…….I don’t like it, but it ends. The winds this year would howl for three or four days. Then a one or two day break, and then here they come again. The wind anxiety was too much, so I ran away.
Not that the weather has been any picnic back here. Windy and extremely wet and chilly to cool. But I picked my poison.
I’ll be doing hiking and photography in the prairie habitats of Illinois and Indiana, and maybe Wisconsin this year. I hope to get some volunteer work at the Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, Illinois. I also hope to get to Nashville, my old haunts, for the eclipse, and from there maybe do a drive down the Natchez Parkway which I haven’t done for years.
So, some photos from the last couple of couple of years in the prairies. I promise better and more this year.