Loda Cemetery Prairie

Iroquois County, Illinois
August 17, 2019
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

Private collection

With 130 native plant species in a little over three acres, Loda Cemetery Prairie is one of the best black soil remnants in the state. It was preserved in 1981 when the Natural Land Institute, Illinois Nature Conservancy, and Grand Prairie Friends helped the adjacent Pine Ridge cemetery meet its expansion needs by swapping this reserved patch of unplowed burial ground for adjacent cornfields. Since then, the Friends, now full owners, have purchased and are restoring a further nine acres to buffer the remnant. Before I started my painting there, I encountered a colorful cicada making its loud rasping call. Prairie cicadas are only found in unplowed remnants and are as rare as the sight of an original prairie sweeping toward the western horizon.

Painted on location. Canvas mounted to hardboard.

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