Their needles making walking the pasture and adventure at times. Have to walk one looking down. Step on one of these things and the foot knows it. The beauty of the prickly things are amazing.
The plains were known as the great American desert. So most people traveld thru as fast as possible. The mountains are on the western edge of the paririe and this is the destination for most people. The spendor of the mountains blind most people to what the prairie has. For the person that will pause and spend some time the plains have a vast array of wildlife and grasses. Because there are few trees the area looks empty, yet the plains has one of the largest varieties of birds in the world. The weather can change rapidly. Yesterday the high was 31 degrees F., today it was 60 degrees F. Almost a 30 degree swing. The vastness is all emcompassing and intimidates some people.
There is a beauty here for those who pause and seek.