242/365 There’s This Prairie Meadow Hiding In the Suburbs….



Blink and you’ll miss it. You’ll probably miss it anyway because you are focused on driving. I’m glad. That means I get it all to myself, because you won’t see it to stop, unless you’re looking for it, it’s that inconspicuous.

Daubenspeck Community Nature Park is a gem. It is prairie meadows, wetlands, and forest all hugged together on 22 acres. I go there to walk and to meditate and to enjoy the meadow. It is lovely and secluded even though it is surrounded by roads and cars and houses. But once in the park, you forget everything else.

Prairie Flowers

Mounds of prairie wildflowers cluster together, rolling into the woods beyond.

Orange flowers amongst the Foliage

Every now and then a pocket of color peaks through the green leaves and stalks.

Lavender Wildflowers

The petals look wild and messy, not smooth like other petals. And, yet, they are structured. I do so love structured chaos!!

Single Flower

Pick ME! A single beauty.

Maroon Stalks

Dotted throughout the landscape are these beautiful, dark, rich stalks. I tried to capture the contrast between their lovely darkness and the vibrant greens surrounding them but fell short. They add a subtle elegance to the wild colors of the rest of the meadow.

Bees on a Flower

Coming in for a Landing! This was the first bee photo I took in the meadow that day. I took many others, but when I got home and saw this little guy coming in for a landing, I knew this was it. The flower is pretty, too.


On hot days, I like going into the woods to cool off until I’m ready to return to the meadow.

Yellow Wildflowers

Nude Sun Bathers. The late evening sun bathes these nearly spent wildflowers.

Last light of Evening

I almost missed this. As I left, I looked back at the meadow and saw the late sun kissing the tops of just this patch of wild growth.


About Dezra Despain

Life is full of stories waiting to be revealed.

Posted on July 1, 2012, in 365 Days Journey Through the Past, An Indiana Experience and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

    • Thank you! It was so hard wrangling the colors out of the camera. I don’t know why I can’t photograph what I see!!! Though, if I remember, you posted a question about whether or not one should photograph what is or what one sees. I see lots of colors and contrasts and delineations that I can’t make my camera see. So I do some post processing just to make the colors pop. I try to remain true to what I see, though. I love this little 22 acre of preserved nature. It is such a happy place.

  1. Looks like a lovely sanctuary

  2. Awesome shots! U r my hero/heroine 😉

  3. A Fortress of Solitude can take many forms, and it’s essential to be able to find one at least once in a while. You’re fortunate to have one so close!

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