Konza Prairie Girl Color Pallette

Konza Prairie Girl Color Pallette

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!

the entire poem is a treasure...

...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.


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...

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


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

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