…the joy of the prairie lies in its subtlety. It is so easy—too easy—to be swept away by mountain and ocean vistas. A prairie, on the other hand, requests the favor of your closer attention. It does not divulge itself to mere passersby.
– Suzanne Winckler
When one thinks of Colorado it is typically the mountains that come to mind. Their dramatic vistas and snow-capped peaks are certainly the crown jewel of our state and they are the biggest draw for tourists. As a result, many people overlook the subtle beauty of our state’s grasslands. Author Ann Zwinger summarizes this phenomenon well:
“These eastern grasslands lack Aspen’s panache and dazzle; they don’t dress the part of High Society in Denver… They are not loaded with flamboyant landforms, breathtaking rock sculptures, dancing waterfalls. Instead they have a sparse, sinewy beauty, full of character, that does not depend on a pretty face…”
These photographs are a little tribute the grasslands of Colorado. I did not have to go far to find their beauty. In fact, Denver sits right smack dab in the center of this glorious landscape, and it only takes a short trip out to one of the many state parks to enjoy the beauty. All of these photos were taken around Cherry Creek State Park, which is a wonderful nature oasis in the center of the eastern suburbs. Enjoy!