In my opinion, the very best thing about living in our neighborhood is that we have a real prairie running right through the middle of it. This is really unusual, because many, many houses could be built in the space devoted to prairie. The prairie is planted with native flowers and grasses, and it changes throughout the season as various flowers come into bloom.
Not everyone likes the prairie. Not everyone appreciates the untamed look of the native plants. But I think they're a treasure. I love walking or biking through the prairie at different times of day, watching the light play off the blooms.
And if you go just as the sun is setting, fireflies hover over the prairie, illuminating it like tiny jewels. It's magical.
This evening, I took a quick stroll through the prairie to see what was in bloom and captured a few photos. I want to remember how the prairie looks in early July.