Prairie

By Taylor

First Impressions

When I first arrived at the Prairie, I noticed how different it looked from our modern day surroundings. Usually we are surrounded by corn, green, and flat land; but at first glance, I could tell this area was different. The grass was grown out, and I felt like I was living in the old times. I looked and it seemed as if the prairie would continue forever. I could immediately tell that something was different about this place and I was excited to explore.
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Senses

The prairie was a very beautiful sight to look at. The tall grass blowing in the wind looked so majestic. The colors in the prairie were mostly browns and dark greens, so I kept my eyes open for random pops of colors. One time, I saw a bright purple plant that caught my eye. When I looked throughout the prairie, it made me feel as if I was living in the old times. I loved to look at the different sights that we normally don’t see.

When I sat in the tall grass and listened, I heard the wind blow through the plants, and the rustles of leaves. Every once in a while I could hear the birds happily chirping. Listening to all the different sounds in the prairie made me feel relaxed and I wanted to explore more.

Walking on the land and breathing the fresh air was something new for all of us. I am not used to the sweet smell of outside. Usually I am inside all day surrounded by the stench of other people. So it was very pleasant to be able to smell the crisp air of outside.

I continued to explore the prairie and I could feel all the grass brushing up against my body. Some of the plants were very soft, but others were prickly and they hurt a little when they rubbed against me. There were some plants that I felt and they were fuzzy and others were sharp and pointy. It was interesting feeling all the different textures of things in the prairie.

So most people probably wouldn’t know what a prairie tastes like, but I tasted some of the plants and they all tasted kind of bitter and earthy. Also, sometimes when a person breathes in through their mouth, they can catch a taste of the smell. So when I deeply breathed in through my mouth, I could taste the fresh air and the cold from outside.

There were many unique sights, noises, smells, feelings and tastes in the prairie that I really enjoyed getting to experience.

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Changing Sounds

While sitting and listening to the different sounds, I could hear the wind changing its speed, so that changed the sound it made blowing through the grass. I also heard birds chirping on and off and this was interesting to hear also.

Details of the Environment

There were so many small details in the prairie. There were endless small plants that I couldn't even begin to describe all of them. There were lots of dips and holes in the ground and I can't imagine what that would have been like for the pioneers in the wagons traveling over that rough ground. I am so glad that we were just visiting the prairie, it would be hard for me to live in those times because back then everything was much harsher than it is now.

Reflections

My first impression of the prairie has definitely changed compared to after I explored it. When I first looked at it, it just looked like grass, but after exploring it, I understood that there was much more to it than just grass. All the many beautiful plants you would not be able to see from just glancing at this prairie. Also, I didn't realize how big the land really was, when you are in the actual prairie, you feel like you could get lost in the tall grass. I think the real value of the prairie is to remember what the pioneers went through in their time. It is important to think about history and how it relates to us. It is sometimes fun to think about what life would be like. Now we have a lot of technology and it might be nice to get away from all of that for a little while. I very much respect the pioneers, and I wonder how my life would be if I was in that time.
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