Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Transforming Friday

Hello everyone!!

It’s Hannah with the fifth session of point of view adventures featuring the various ecoregions of the world.

Our next setting to explore is the Prairie and Steppe...breathe deep and you may be able to catch a whiff of my oldie but goodie, the “Classics Edition of the World Atlas-Hammond 1967,” it says, “On the grassy prairies and steppes are found many of the sheep and cattle ranches of the earth, and where the land has been successfully cultivated, the great grain fields.”

Wikipedia states it this way, “characterized by grassland plains without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes. The prairie (especially the shortgrass and mixed prairie) is an example of a steppe, though it is not usually called such. It may be semi-desert, or covered with grass or shrubs or both, depending on the season and latitude.”

There’s  the Temperate steppe:continental areas of the world and the Subtropical steppe:found in the driest areas with a Mediterranean-like climate. Peculiar types of steppe include shrub-steppe and alpine-steppe.

The locations of the steppe lands are broken down into two categories the cold and subtropical steppe lands...the specific countries where there is prairie is listed, here.

Pretty emerald prairie...


(Wiki Author= user:InvictaHOG Boy participating in horse race at Naadam in Mongolia 7/06.)


Wind-blown grassland...breathes poetry...



(Wiki Author= Zeitlupe Prairie in Alberta, Canada)


A tiny beauty...prairie smoke A.K.A. Pulsatilla patens.



(Wiki Photograph of Pulsatilla patens growing in Boulder, Colorado.)


A couple of creatures that you could consider... The coyote also known as the American jackal, brush wolf or the prairie wolf...


(Wiki Author=Yathin S Krishnappa From Yosemite National Park)

Or this singing flit of yellow might attune to your thoughts today...the Prairie Warbler, (Setophaga discolor), is a small songbird.




(Wiki Author= {{Information |Description=Dendroica discolor
|Source=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prairie-Warbler.jpg |Date=11 06 2005 |Author=Wolfgang Wander |Permission= GFDL |other_versions= }})

A general image list for prairie and steppe wildlife, (be sure to check copyrights before sharing).

Here’s a place to read about Prairie Restoration among other issues, if you so desire.

So, assume the point of view of your chosen wildlife fully. Have fun with this!

As always please offer only a new poem written for this challenge specifically and be sure to roam the grasses of your fellow prairie friends!

I look forward to visiting each of you, happy Transforming Friday to everyone!




19 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Oh man, I know which Toad is gonna take this challenge and run with it. I won't mention MZ by name, though!

Hannaballistic, you've done a wonderful job of presenting this challenge, and I can't wait to get to work on it!

Ella said...

I love all that you shared~ I felt like I was on a journey! I'm off the bird is talking to me, lol
Love this one :D @>---------

Hannah said...

Super-stoked you two...so nice to see you both amped for the project this A.M.!! Smiles to all the toads!! :)

hedgewitch said...

Got a crazy day ahead, Hannah, but I love these challenges. Will see what I can cook up after I get back later.

Hannah said...

I look forward to it, Hedgewitch!! :)

indogeria.blogspot.com said...

jijel have too many prairie you will love the place

raini

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I LOVE these eco-regional challenges. My cup of tea. I shall return!

Kim Nelson said...

Looking forward to the others!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Kids, I have to go out for a few hours, and I am struggling terribly with exhaustion right now. But when I get back I will visit everyone. Am looking forward to the reading. I always love these regional prompts. I learn things every time.

Emma Major said...

how exciting, I've got imagery from the books little house on the prairie in my mind which isn't quite right but I'll see where I might go with it. in the mean time I'll enjoy all your writings. great prompt Hannah thanks. Emma at llmcalling

Emma Major said...

I'mawayandonmyphone and as you can see its not cooperating. I've visited all your poems and they're amazingbut I can't comment until I'm back home

Kay L. Davies said...

My husband recently signed us both up to join the Grassland Naturalists. This challenge should be a natural for us, but I'm a British Columbian and the prairie doesn't come naturally to me. However, I have many beautiful pictures of it, and will do my best with the lyrics...um, poem.
K

Grace said...

Part of my words were affected by the school's tragic shooting this morning in the US~

Prayers for all affected ~

Mama Zen said...

Oh, don't even get me started on prairie restoration! Oops! Too late!

Susan said...

I am overwhelmed with science fiction fantasy turned creation myth turned into the Film Avatar, etc. What a day! How happy I am to be here and mingle with the other toads in the garden.

Eugenia Robinson said...

Love your potpourri of pictures today. They are all so pretty. Thanks for the visit and for your nice comment. genie

Isadora Gruye said...

A little late, but better late than never. Thanks for the challenge, my swill is up

Margaret said...

Thank you for this beautiful series! I'll be back in the morning to read the poems.

Susie Clevenger said...

Such a beautiful challenge Hannah. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.