A familiar theme for a place with a "like-mind" - that's about as accurate of a description as I can give.
I can't live enough years to outgrow or become bored with the tallgrass prairie, it is a subject I will probe and celebrate till I draw my last breath. The Neal Smith NWR is dedicated to the tallgrass prairie as well.
Just 22 miles east of Des Moines, near Prairie City, Iowa, you'll find a truly unique refuge. The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1990, within the National Wildlife Refuge System, to "actively protect, restore, reconstruct and manage the diverse native ecosystems of tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow. These were the native habitats existing on the Refuge’s 5600 acres prior to Euro-American settlement."
The refuge approached me in 2012 to do an exhibit of artwork and photography depicting the tallgrass, and I accepted. This solo exhibit, at their J.N. "Ding" Darling Art Gallery, will feature work on the prairie theme and genre.
The exhibit will open on July 1st in the afternoon, and will run through August 20th. More information about the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, its hours and other contact information can be found online at - http://www.fws.gov/refuge/neal_smith
Its a great place to visit and I'm looking forward to it! If you're passing by the area this summer, take a little time and stop for a visit, you will be glad you did!