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A Photo Web log by Chris Young

Sunday afternoon on the prairie

July 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM

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It was raining somewhere Sunday afternoon. You could see the gathering clouds in the distance.

Gray-headed coneflowers stood out bright yellow against a darkening sky.

Watching the summer sky change over an Illinois prairie is a rare experience these days.

On Springfield’s far southwest side is home to a 70-acre reconstructed prairie that is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

The prairie has multiple mowed walking paths that also double as firebreaks.

Follow along on a tour of the Centennial Park Prairie.

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Prairie blazing star’s purple color is irresistible.

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Purple coneflower, compass plant and gray-headed coneflower.

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Rattlesnake master has unusual spiky flowers.

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Compass plant leaves against the yellow blooms of gray-headed coneflower.

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