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Surveying Park Hill Prairie

 
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Before the Europeans came, the blackland prairie stretched for millions of acres. Tallgrasses and vivid Spring flowers sheltered ground-nesting, colorful birds with names like meadowlark and dickcissel.

Most of this land was plowed under for farmlands. A few isolated tracts were retained by farmers as hayfields, preserving little oases among what used to be a continent of marvels.

Park Hill Prairie sits on five hundred acres just northeast of Farmersville, Texas. It’s a county park and preserve, seated on very gently rolling hills among fields and lowing cows. It’s a place for times past, for things preserved, for the possibilities which yet arise.

I stand at the overlook, shimmering fields fading into the horizon, while birds sing and cattle low around me, and wonder at what has been and at what might yet be.
 

"Surveying Park Hill Prairie"
by gurdonark

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