The tallgrass prairie is where I spend most of my time working today. My major project is photographing prairie plant life. It is difficult to capture all of the many growth phases of a tallgrass prairie in a single volume. I have divided this current fine art prairie photography project, therefore, into four volumes, covering most of the native plant life found on a tall grass prairie, eventually to be sold as a boxed set.
The prairie where I captured all of these images is The James Woodworth Prairie Preserve, a perfect example of an original mesic tallgrass prairie. It was the first public prairie preserve established in Illinois.
This prairie was named after James Hutchinson Woodworth to preserve a small relic of pristine prairie as a historical reminder of how the region appeared in the 1840s when Woodworth, among many other political achievements, was mayor of Chicago.