After moving to Saskatchewan, I've decided to try and find as many prairie flowers as I can during the 5 years that I am here. I sort of squandered my time in Ontario, and I need to make up for it. I've also never lived in the prairies, so the habitats are very different and quite interesting. Pulsatilla patens is a widespread species across N. America, Europe and Asia, and grows in undisturbed land, which is becoming rare. After searching through three different parks, hiking around for hours, getting soaked in flooded creeks or tangled in wild rose thorns and nearly giving up, I finally found these little plants...and it was all worth it. After 8 months of winter, seeing these dainty flowers amongst the still-brown grass was an incredible feeling.