Meadows are some of the loveliest places in the world! These are complex ecosystems that typically brim with life. I recently had a chance to visit a spot in Michigan where one of my sisters and her husband are reclaiming land that has been used as a gravel pit. Prior to that it had been a farm field for many years, where monocultures of corn or wheat were typically raised.
They’ve established a small pond and graded the land around it to reduce erosion and then have seeded or planted literally thousands of trees and plants. Many animal species have, as a result, been attracted. The transformation is not complete but it certainly is beginning to look like a vital meadow ecosystem. Watching a pair of Kestrels hunt, for instance, was one more certain indication of that fact.
Here are just a few photographs from a walk we took one afternoon. I look forward to returning frequently and seeing the changes that inevitably come with such progressions and seeing and studying more of the interconnected relationships of life as they develop. There is no comparison to what it had been—or to suburban lawns—as a place that truly sustains the complex fabric of life of which we are a part.