The face of wide open spaces in our world is changing. What was once a passageway for animals migrating and a home to many creatures big and small has now been parcelled into tracts of land that are encircled by man-made roads. These tracts of land are now home to humans in box-like housing; are fields that produce food or fodder; or are used to provide renewable energy. Instead of looking out and seeing miles of natural grasses moving in the breeze, we see rows and rows of corn; or the result of unimaginative and practical town planning. Living on the space animals once lived, we do not think of what we drove away in our efforts to civilise and tame the land.
Nature conservation photographer Michael Forsberg travelled the Great Plains in America and documented what remains of the once-vast ecosystem. Here is a bit of what he found:
But plains are not only found in America. For a view of wildlife that is completely different, one can still find migrating animals that are unhindered by modern civilisation in the Serengeti.
My hope is that these beautiful plains will be protected and live on for generations to come. Not only do they provide a home for many eco-systems but they also help to sustain our planet.
Which plains in the world have you visited?
(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt this week: Plains)