Prairie flora

In his compositions, Iowa State University photography professor Steven Herrnstadt mines place for haunted and haunting resonances.

The artist's recent images were influenced by the gradual transformation of the prairie by settlements and agriculture.
by Tony Crowley

Dr. Laura Jackson believes the fate of the threatened Monarch Butterfly is tied inextricably to the fate of agriculture on the prairie.
by Laura J. Jackson

Our regular contributor gave us an image of the Conard Environmental Research Area in high summer.

This photographer, used to taking pictures of the crowded streetscapes of home, tries his hand at the prairie.
Digital Art

It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
by Cecilia Bergman

In this feature, a respected Drake University biologist traces the eons through which the prairie region's plantforms evolved.
by Thomas Rosburg

"Ekphrasis" denotes a poem about a strong visual. See if you think these poems, paired with the drawings which inspired them, fit the bill.
by Ben and Therese Brosseau

Everyone thinks "corn" when they think of the Midwest. Maybe they should be thinking: "mushrooms." Our interviewer talks to the experts.
by Sonia Chulaki

In this issue, our regular contributor turned to one of his smaller subjects: Asters.

A drawing of dried prairie flowers by the artist whose work we featured in Volume II, Issue 1

This photographer's images of the living prairie move easily from the micro to the macro.

Blake said we can see the universe in a grain of sand; can we see the prairie expanses of the past in a remnant on an Illinois highway?
by Cindy Crosby

To depict ecological change in the American landscape, this artist brings together paints, drawing materials and altered photographs.

To catch the expressive way prairie flowers reach for the sky, Madeline Howland prefers the simplest tools: graphite and a sketchbook.

Our new contributor is a high school biology instructor who teaches to travel, travels to teach, and takes his camera along.

This new contributor's images backdrop this issue's table of contents, and intimately depict one of the prairie's most important pollinators