Small trees and rocky outcrops dot the lush grassland of Whiggs Meadow prairie in Tennessee. A trail winds up its rolling slopes. Clouds billow across open sky.

Whigg's Meadow at Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Little House on the Prairie?  Let's do one better, here's a quote from a poem by American poet William Cullen Bryant:

These are the gardens of the Desert, these

The unshorn fields, boundless and beautiful,

For which the speech of England has no name— The Prairies.

Yeah, I'm a softy for a good old fashioned poem.  The word "prairie" derives from Old French "praerie" for meadow or grassland.  The grasslands of North America are magnificent tapestries of plants, both flowering and grasses. The grassland pictured above and below is Whigg's Meadow, in Tennessee, which is maintained by regular controlled burns.  This prairie is on top of a mountain in Tennessee, with views all 'round about.

The summit view from Whiggs Meadow overlooks mountains, rolling clouds and open sky against a landscape of yellow wildflowers and lush grasses.
Angelica triquinata, Filmy Angelica, attracts pollinating insects to its bloom. Rounded clusters of yellow-green flowers form rosettes atop its stalks.

There  is a video of the Rudbeckia buzzing and simply churning with butterflies and insects. It's too large a file to post here, but i will put it up on Youtube and link it here.

From a distance, the broad expanse seems all grass, but when you close in on the distant spots of color, life erupts, and it's all around the flowers.  Well, because that's what flowers do.  They attract life.

Rudbeckia triloba, Brown-Eyed Susan, blooms bright yellow flowers amongst the lush green grasslands of Whiggs Meadow in Tellico Plains of Tennessee.

Ohoopee Dunes Prairie on a Right of Way:

This Prairie below is at the Ohoopee Dunes in Southeast Georgia in the Coastal Plain region.  It is also maintained by regular fires.  If there weren't any fires, the trees would slowly march into the space, and it would eventually become forested.  Forests aren't bad, don't get me wrong, but diversity is the spice that makes an ecosystem hum...and look at all these flowers!  Where there are flowers, there are pollinators.  Where there are pollinators, there are birds, toads, frogs, lizards, and spiders, and any number of things that eat insects.

The Ohoopee Dunes wetland area bursts with vibrant wildflowers in pink, white, and yellow among this lush green prairie in Georgia's coastal plain.

Coosa Prairie, Floyd County:

The next photo is from the Coosa Prairie in Northwest Georgia.  The bedrock in the Coosa Prairie is limestone, and many of the plants on the prairie are "calciphiles," plants that prefer or require high calcium soils.

A vibrant long-blooming flower of the Coosa prairie, American Blueheart, Buchnera americana, is one of many plants well adapted to its calcium-rich soil.