prairie

Photo by: Chelsea Lobser

I’d seen snapshots of Dr. William Wosick’s home outside Fargo, North Dakota, but I wasn’t prepared for the impact it would have on me when I showed up to photograph it. After driving past identical-looking mini mansions perched amid tidy lawns — by far the dominant motif in this part of the Upper Midwest — I pulled up across the street from a striking cedar-and-steel-clad structure. It consisted of intersecting horizontal, vertical, and diagonal planes rising gracefully from an unusual tree-fringed landscape.

Spring Burn

April 27, 2011
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Before European settlers arrived in North America, prairie fires were a spectacular seasonal occurrence, usually ignited by lightning or Native American inhabitants before the spring rains and often raging for days across thousands of acres. The fires were a crucial part of the life cycle of these native grasslands, which once covered a vast, triangular swath of North America, from the eastern foothills of the Rockies east to the Ohio River Valley and tapering north into what is now Minnesota and Wisconsin.