Sunday, August 03, 2008

Flint Hills, Kansas

As I prepare for the next trip for my project, I wanted to post a little something about the last journey, which started and ended in Milwaukee, but brought me to Des Moines IA, Omaha NE, Kansas City MO, Wichita KS, Tulsa OK, Little Rock AR, Jackson TN and finally Farmersville IL. One spot that really left me breathless was along a drive in Eastern Kansas through these amazingly large rounded grass covered hills known as the Flint Hills or Bluestem Pastures. As the sun was setting and the views from the highway amazing, I stopped quickly to try and capture the American heartland at its best, cows grazing and all. The resulting image is just OK, but you get the idea. I also turned around and took a shot of a truck whizzing by me on the highway, with the moon in the distance. Sweet. Interesting side note, Elton John apparently has purchased a lot of land in this area, at least according to the woman at the Kansas Welcome Center.

2 comments:

Dr. Bill ;-) said...

Positive mention of the Flint Hills always gets my attention! Thanks!
So happy it brought me to your site. Hope next time you are through that you can get off the Interstate and really experience the distinctive features of the Flint Hills; visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, for example, along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.

Our 22 county Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, Inc. promotes visits to the Kansas Flint Hills – the website is: http://www.kansasflinthills.travel/

Best wishes!
Dr. Bill ;-)
Personal Blog: http://flinthillsofkansas.blogspot.com/

Mathias N Oz said...

I drive the road between KC and Wichita many times a year. I travel a lot and have seen a lot of beauty in this country but the stretch of highway that runs through the flint hills makes my heart flutter every time. I have seen it covered in ice that made it glisten like the whole world was made of glass. I have seen the wild flowers blooming in blues and reds and yellows... and this green sea of Zen. Thank you for sharing it.