Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kansas Flint Hills

      The Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, sometimes called the bluestem
      prairie, provides a unique outdoor laboratory of native tall grass prairie.
      The Konza is part of the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas.
                     -Postcard photo copyright Kansas State University Photo Services
                      Kansas Postcard Company, Minneapolis, Kansas

"When the first European explorers emerged from the dense northern forests of
America, they could scarcely believe their eyes.  A "fruitful champayne countrie",
a treeless ocean of wildflowers, birds and animals, and grasses nine feet high,
stretched unbroken to the distant horizon.  The explorers named it "prérie,"
meaning "grassland" or "grassy orchard"."

    -From the dust cover flap of the book Tallgrass Prairie by John Madson,
      Photos by Frank Oberle, Published in cooperation with The Nature
      Conservancy, Falcon Press Publishing Co., Inc., Helena and Billings,
      Montana, copyright 1993.      An exquisite coffee table book.  -Pat

Thanks to the joint efforts of Kansas State University in Manhattan, and the
Nature Conservancy, we can see the Konza Prairie as our forefathers saw it.

The Konza Prairie Biological Station website gives current weather conditions
and Twitter updates from people in the field.

The Kansas Flint Hills defy description, and must be experienced in person.
Drive down to Cottonwood Falls in the heart of this region.  Have lunch at
the Grand Central Hotel, or have dinner and stay the night!


While in Cottonwood Falls, visit the historic Chase County Court House,
made of native limestone.

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