Many apologies for the gap in posts. All I can say is that it is somewhat paradoxical that the most beautiful time of a Central Minnesota prairie is also our most busy time. When I would like to be photographing and pondering its beauty, we're busy weeding, plugging, and preparing sites for future seeding.
Of course calling this the most beautiful time for a prairie is a matter of opinion. Like many things aesthetic, there will be disagreement as to elements that make a prairie beautiful. To my mind, the peak of the wildflower season is when the Grey Headed Coneflower blossoms.
But there are other elements that contribute to a beautiful prairie such as texture, variety, asymmetry, symmetry and, of course, color.