The Changing Plains

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Known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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)

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20 thoughts on “The Changing Plains

  1. Now I understand! Ignore my previous comment, Colline. I haven’t watched the second video as it’s quite long, but the photography in the first one is beautiful. Point taken.

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  2. Thanks for sharing 2 wonderful videos, Colline. I’ve driven across our Great Plains several times and at different points. It is amazing just how flat that land is, stretching from Canada, in the North, to Texas, in the South. It is a very large feature of North America, as is the Serengeti in Africa or the Steppes in Europe & Asia. I think it would be fascinating to see all 3. Well, since I’m wishing, why not throw in a trip to the South American Pampas, too? 🙂

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    1. I think that would be an amazing trip John. And in the meantime I watch from my couch. The BBCs production, Planet Earth, is amazing and has a beautiful video in the collection on the plains of the earth.

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    1. And also how far apart from the natural we have moved ourselves. To think that there was a time when sights like in these videos were seen frequently by the earth’s inhabitants.

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  3. I am having great difficulty in thinking of any area of Earth which has benefited from having humans on it. At best, they try to protect small tracts of what once was widespread.

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  4. Very nice share, Colline. We all certainly need to be educated when it comes to nature. I mean, look at the erratic weather, a complete proof that Mother Nature is not so happy with the earth has become.

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  5. Thank you for sharing these wonderful videos and article, I couldn’t agree more with the desire to care for the plains and the beautiful wildlife. I have only visited them once before a long time ago, but it inspired me to write music and eventually an album, so this is fantastic to see, thank you I really enjoyed that.

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    1. You are most welcome. I am always thankful for the beautiful videos that have been made of nature for it is through these videos that I am able to see things I may not have.

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