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Spring Thunderstorm Days

"In the silver light after a storm,
Under dripping boughs of bright new green,
I take the low path to hear the meadowlarks
Alone and high-hearted as if I were a queen.
What have I to fear in life or death
Who have known three things: the kiss in the night,
The white flying joy when a song is born,
And meadowlarks whistling in silver light."

Sara Teasdale

~ "Meadowlarks", Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

This stormy-coloured tartan was inspired by the spring thunderstorms that roll across the wide-open prairies of North America! Thunderstorms form quickly on the prairies, with the sudden formation of dark threatening clouds, bright flashes of lightning, followed by torrential rains which then pass just as quickly, leaving a wet silence, finally broken by birdsong as soon as sunshine pierces the sky. The designer chose these spring colours: thunderous clouds of blue and grey, tipped with the purest sunlit white; the colours of the fields bound in rows by the new green verge and the plumage of the meadowlark! The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) is easily recognized by its bright yellow belly adorned with a distinctive black "V" on its chest, set against a backdrop of brown, black, and white plumage, ideal for blending into its prairie habitat. Known for its melodious and flute-like song which can carry for great distances, the meadowlark heralds the beginning of spring and in some Native American folklore, as a harbinger of joy, happiness, and renewal. So beloved is this bird and its beautiful song, it is recognized as the state bird of Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming! ⛈️ ⛈️ ⛈️ 🐦 🎵 💛 💙 🖤 💛

The American prairies, vast stretches of open land characterized by grasses, herbs, and shrubs, are a canvas painted with the vibrant hues and subtle shades of wildflowers. These natural beauties, ranging from the delicate bluebell to the fiery Indian paintbrush, not only add a splash of color to the landscape but also play a crucial role in the ecosystem. Wildflowers on the prairies attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds, fostering a dynamic environment where plant and animal life can thrive. Throughout the seasons, these flowers bloom in succession, ensuring that the prairie is a continuously evolving tapestry of colors and fragrances. The resilience of these wildflowers, adapting to the challenging conditions of the prairie climate, from scorching summers to freezing winters, host butterflies, insects, and a variety of birds from the meadlowlark, the sharp-tailed grouse, bald eagles, and many others.

To hear the song of the Western Meadowlark, click the photo!

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