Konza Prairie Girl Color Pallette

Konza Prairie Girl Color Pallette

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Flint Hills Color: Perfect for Painters

Here is another collection of color samples: taken from the north tip of the flinthills/konza prairie area.
Whites take on a blue tint; golds become more golden; silver, copper and rose tones glisten throughout.

fine art in the flint hills
Walking the Konza mtodd


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Night Skies  mtodd




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Barnlight mary todd



 fine art in the flint hills
Barnlight dust mary todd





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Golden cornfields at sunset mtodd










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Listen to the high winds----





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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Corn in Kansas

Yes, the wheat field is most beautiful,
and nothing compares to the wild Kansa winds creating a truly undulating sea out of a wheat field...
video click HERE

Yet
the vast cornfield, with its amazing height, the wonderful rows you can walk as a meditation, all the creatures that hide and play in the deep shadows... that rustling sound on summer nights--


Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl

Summer Heat Cooks Corn mary todd





Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl
Farmland Cornline mary todd


Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl
Kansas Corn in Heat mary todd


Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl
Windmill in Kansas Corn mary todd



Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl
  Corn as Hot Chili Peppers mary todd


 Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl

Hawaiian Corn mtodd



Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl

Golden Fall Corn at Sundown mary todd

Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl
Smoky Sundown on the Farm mary todd

Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl


Dancing Corn Woman mary todd


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Fine Art in the Flint Hills Konza Prairie Girl


Cornfield Delivery  mary todd


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Spring Color Palette in the Flint Hills of Kansas

When it is

as it is (now)

fine art in the flint hills

Cold Crow mary todd



it can be hard to believe that the surge of life and color and energy will return.
(What a teaching/learning that must have been for young, early peoples...)

One of the interesting color combinations in the spring is one I never considered until photographing the Flint Hills and the Konza Prairie:

Reds and Greens together. The end of winter here, and the amazing array of animal and plant life, have changed red and green from a rich holiday pairing to a lighter sign of spring...



The Vultures are here! The vultures are here!



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Vultures in Kansas mary todd
fine art in the flint hills


fine art in the flint hills
 Spring Vultures in Kansas mary todd

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 Two Vultures Saying Grace mary todd
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Rabbit Ears en rosetta mtodd
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Mama Woodchuck mary todd

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  Pastel Vulture mary todd
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 Magic white rabbit is not white...
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Rosebreasted Grosbeak
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Woodchucks love to eat apples!
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The beautiful rose-breasted grosbeak
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I do love the vultures...
Spring Vulture in the Zeandale Trees
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 Can i help you? mary todd
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Vulture over Kansas Farmhouse mtodd
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fine art in the flint hills


Woodchuck by Mary Todd

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Monday, January 11, 2016

The Big Blue River Meets the Kansas


The Big Blue River and the Kansas River intersect here in the northern edge of the Flint Hills.

The blues of the water are clear and bold but can become steely in winter. The clouds seem whiter than white as they build and billow above the gently moving water.  The riverbanks are lush with life; even in deep winter there are bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, migrating geese and pelicans (Pelicans!) and more.

Kansas River Clouds mary todd
Konza Prairie Girl Flint Hills Fine Ar







Sunburst at the Kansas River mary todd
Konza Prairie Girl Flint Hills Fine Art 

"The Big Blue River is the largest tributary of the Kansas River. The river flows for approximately 359 miles (578 km)[2] from central Nebraska into Kansas, until its confluence with the Kansas River at Manhattan.
It was given its name by the Kansa tribe of Native Americans, who lived at its mouth from 1780 to 1830, and who called it the Great Blue Earth River."
from Wiki








Also from Wiki:
"Shortly before intersecting with the Kansas River, the Big Blue discharges its waters into a reservoir called Tuttle Creek Lake, which lies slightly northeast of Manhattan. The reservoir is a man-made flood-control measure, held back by a dam composed of the limestone, silt, and gypsum dredged out of the floodplain by bulldozers left to rust underneath the flooded area. The land surrounding the reservoir is a state park area, although the Great Flood of 1993 decimated much of the northern area.

The river continues as the outflow from Tuttle Creek Lake for approximately five miles before intersecting with the Kansas River east of Manhattan."



This view of the Kansas River is just east of Manhattan.

The Painted River mary todd
Konza Prairie Girl Flint Hills Fine Art 


(Here is a story of a large turtle, rescued from a highway running through Manhattan and left on the banks of the river just here:)




Listen to some River Sailing Music....





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time to go lay down in a field...




Konza Prairie Girl Flint Hills Fine Art 
Kansas River Cloud Collage (small) mary todd

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Do Skies Reflect the Ocean?

The Tallgrass Prairie of Kansas was once the bottom of an ocean.
Oh Yes...

A Nice Sky by M.K.Todd


Shall i repeat that?
Hie thee to the Discovery Center in Manhattan, KS to learn more about these wonderful Flint Hills and the Tallgrass Prairie.

A mural in the greeting hall:



 These are the gardens of the Desert, these 
The unshorn fields, boundless and beautiful,
For which the speech of England has no name- 
The Prairies. I behold them for the first, 
And my heart swells, while the dilated sight 
Takes in the encircling vastness.
Lo! they stretch, 
In airy undulations, far away, 
As if the ocean, in his gentlest swell, 
Stood still, with an his rounded billows fixed, 
And motionless forever.- Motionless?- 
No- they are all unchained again. The clouds 
Sweep over with their shadows, and, beneath, 
The surface rolls and fluctuates to the eye; 
Dark hollows seem to glide along and chase 
The sunny ridges. Breezes of the South!
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the entire poem is a treasure...


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...The low of herds
Blends with the rustling of the heavy grain
Over the dark-brown furrows. All at once
A fresher wind sweeps by, and breaks my dream,
And I am in the wilderness alone.

1832

I only bring it up, 
since our skies here on the Konza Prairie where I live
 are endless, deep, ever-changing, and at times filled with innumerable creatures caught in huge murmurings like a school of Bluejacks...


but--
these creatures cut through the Kansas skies-- thousands, tens of thousands, in perfect peace, honking with delight at the discovery of a lately harvested corn field, the stray kernels like gold nuggets fueling their migration south...






at two minutes through the end a great murmuring takes place...

Some Kansas Skies:

Photographs by Mary Todd


Geese in the Prairie Sky mktodd

Sunflowers as Stormbringer mktodd

Flint Hills Farm mktodd

little house mktodd

Ice Morning mktodd

Konza Skies mktodd




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Here is a tiny snip of a wonderful three-dimensional film experience you can have at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
The actual movie, a 3-D experience you will want to see again and again, is alone worth the price of admission--although, i recommend joining for a year so you can drop in anytime. I like to pop in and just see the movie, which is shown throughout the day.







the ancient secrets... acting over a very long time... the emotions that come over you... this land was covered by a vast inland sea...

The Flint Hills Discovery Center, click HERE