Prairie Lightning © Janet S Pittman

Prairie Lightning © Janet S Pittman

Artist statement: Tall grass prairie covered much of the Midwest until settlers began to change the landscape with farms. Native prairie plants represented here by bluestem grass and pale purple cone flower had deep roots to withstand the prairie fires started by lightning. These fires thinned the bushy growth allowing sunlight for new plant growth. Native Americans realized this rejuvenation and began setting fires on purpose to control the prairie.

Prairie Lightning (detail) © Janet S Pittman

Prairie Lightning (detail) © Janet S Pittman

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