National Geographic : 2007 Apr
The intricacy of prairie life doesn't shout. Slow down: You'll miss it if you're just pass ing through. Get down on your knees to see the frills of long bracted spiderwort (above). The inch-wide blossoms last just a day. Stop in the gathering twi light and watch fireflies dance against a fragrant backdrop of wild alfalfa. Their riot of lumi nescent insect lust may go on full force for more than an hour.