1. Nature 365: August 2, 2015


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    Winner takes all - Day 214 of 365

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    • Nature 365: August 1, 2015


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      Preparing for battle - Day 213 of 365

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      • Nature 365: July 31, 2015


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        Lazy afternoon / Pronghorn antelopes - Day 212 of 365

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        • Nature 365: July 30, 2015


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          Pronghorns - Day 211 of 365

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          • Grand Prairie,TX -Prairie Paws PSA


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            PSA of Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Grand Prairie, TX.

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            • Nature 365: July 29, 2015


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              American Avocet - Day 210 of 365

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              • Nature 365: July 28, 2015


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                Western Prairie Fringed Orchids - Day 209 of 365 The story behind the scene - Prairie Fringed Orchids discovery on Touch the Sky Prairie "After a long career of making still photographs and movies of the natural world I often wondered what differences they have made, if any. We environmental photographers always hope that somewhere, someone may be moved or inspired by an image and will take a course of action that will contribute somehow for a better world. It is rare that word comes back that demonstrates that elevated thought. I worry that we all have become a bit numb from all the wonderful visuals of urgent environmental situations around the world that need our immediate attention. Decades of traveling around the world for National Geographic Magazine and other organizations has placed me in a most envied position to think I was ‘making a difference’. My photographs have reached millions of readers, TV viewers and gallery attendees around the world. It’s a wonderful and rewarding thought, but… I can only really feel one situation in my life where I was overcome by a connection of my work in making a difference. It was a surprising, if not a profound revelation to me that quiet day as I walked on Touch the Sky Prairie in the noonday sun. The harsh and non-appealing mid-day light took my eye and mind out of the photograph-searching mode in which I have spent so much time in my life. I used the solitary time that day to wander the landscape of my youth and look off a mile to the east upon the farm where I was born. A lifetime of experiences drifted by as I reflected on the circle of life that now led me back ‘home’. It was a rare day of quiet evaluation of ‘what it all means’. Re-evaluation. Walking across the wide-open space of the prairie encourages that kind of expansive pondering. The prairie I was walking upon was the result of several fortunate circumstances over the years that helped us to preserve a thousand acres (4 square kilometers) of tall grass prairie, the most endangered ecosystem in North America. Only ½ of 1% of that once huge landscape still remains intact. This was a small but personally important reminder of that fact just beneath my feet. Alas, my well intending grandparents came to these incomprehensibly vast rolling prairies from Europe to help plow up the last remaining acres in Rock County just as the Native People and bison herds vanished. Only smoothly polished bison rubbed boulders and rings of stone from Native American ceremonies remain as evidence from those times. The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation now is trying to correct the innocent dealings of my forefather’s dreams and sweat. And then, there they stood - one of the most rare and beautiful of all the prairie flowers. I would have crushed them in my next footstep. It remains a moment that was riveted into my psyche like no other I can remember. In an instant I was emotionally transformed. I’m not quite sure how to describe the feeling, then or now, as it is evolving and if forced I would say it’s a combination of pride, accomplishment and sense of completion…. a circle closed. In a round about but clear way, my photographs allowed this miracle to happen. Incredibly, after a hundred years of abuse from cattle overgrazing and weed control chemicals, these few individuals withstood and survived after waiting patiently for the opportunity to rise up from their stubborn roots and bloom. As a boy I walked across this rock-studded unplowed pasture with the heavily grazed grass looking more like a golf course than a healthy prairie. Today there is big bluestem grass six feet tall with hundreds of other native species waving in the breeze. Prairie management techniques like controlled burns breathed new life into this landscape of hidden potential. The cherished partnership with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and the generous support of the people of my hometown of Luverne, Minnesota helped considerably and allowed this magical transformation. Touch the Sky Prairie and its spectacular living museum-like display is a most powerful and living legacy of the elusive gravity of the hard won photographs that came from my camera. To me, the preservation and rebirth of the native prairie is far more important than my photographs themselves. Certainly, Touch the Sky Prairie will outlast the photographs. All taking place at my birthplace, a stone’s throw from where it all began… the circle was closed." Jim Brandenburg

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                • Nature 365: July 27, 2015


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                  Sleeping adrift - Day 208 of 365

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                  • Nature 365: July 26, 2015


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                    Sunset swim - Day 207 of 365

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                    • Star trails over the Prairie


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                      July 20, 2015 near Val Marie, Saskatchewan during haying season

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