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048 TALLGRASS SUNSET
Spring Creek Prairie, Nebraska. Windblown arms of Indian grass and big bluestem wave farewell to the day as the orange orb of the sun sets on the distant horizon. Big bluestem, Indian Grass and switchgrass are predominant grasses in the tallgrass prairie, sometimes stretching 6 to 12 feet in height by the end of the growing season. With only two percent of native tallgrass remaining, it is one of the most endangered habitats on the continent, most of it lost to the plow to farmers seeking its rich dark soils. Its remaining protected areas have become living memorials to its glorious past, and still harbor an amazing diversity of life.