Fults Hill Prairie

Monroe County, Illinois
Oil on canvas
30 x 48 in. (76.2 x 121.9 cm)

Private collection

Perched on a limestone cliff high above the Mississippi flood plain, Fults Hill Prairie Preserve is perhaps the most exotic of the prairie remnants I visited in Illinois. On my May 2019 visit I found a view from a convenient deer trail that captured several of Fults’s springtime features. Standing on that trail clinging to the steep loess slope, I could almost reach out horizontally to touch the blooms of hoary puccoon, pale beard tongue, small skullcap, and the new leaves of many other forbs rising from the recently burned prairie. Below me, fire-pruned eastern redcedars along the cliff edge hinted at the regularity of the prescribed fires that keep this phenomenal prairie from being shaded out by encroaching trees. The whole experience was enlivened by the constant chatter of migratory birds rising from the flooded wetlands and forests below.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/R9S3VwqPj5D5UjQ87

Identifiable in the painting:
Pale beard tongue (Penstemon pallidus)
Small skullcap (Scutellaria parvula)
Hoary puccoon(Lithospermum canescens)
Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiania)
Also… limestone cliffs, loess slopes, and Kidd Lake.

Studio painting – September.

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