Goat Prairie

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
September 30, 2016
Oil on canvas
12.25 x 18 in. (31.1 x 45.7 cm)

Private collection

Big views of the Mississippi River Valley and late season prairie flowers were exactly what I was hoping to find after a steep climb to the “goat” prairies—technically sand hill prairies—of Hanover Bluff. To feature them, I eventually selected a view to the north in which the tilted foreground of goldenrods, asters, and little bluestem leads to the next hillside prairie. Hands-on management such as tree removal is required to maintain the nature of this Preserve.

Painted on location.

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