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Published in The Prairie Naturalist 27(4): December 1996. Used by permission.


"My own feeling for tallgrass prairie is that of modem man fallen in love with the face in a faded tintype. Only the frame is still real; the rest is illusion and dream. So it is with the original prairie. The beautiful face of it had faded before I was born, before I had a chance to touch and feel it, and all that I have known of the prairie is the setting and mood-that broad sky of pure and intense light, with a sort of loftiness to the days, and the young prairie-born winds running past me from open horizons."