Konza Prairie Girl Color Pallette

Konza Prairie Girl Color Pallette

Thursday, November 8, 2018

November Beauties

Konza Prairie Dog in the Fall mary todd

Kansas Corn Hawaiian Style mary todd

Modern Farming mary todd fine art in the flint hills

Fine art in the flint hills mary todd

Fine art in the flint hills mary todd

Monday, October 29, 2018

Autumn Beauty

Fine Art in the Flint Hills Sweetest Donkey, sheep farm mary todd

Flint Hills of Kansas mtodd

Flint Hills Country Road mtodd

Monday, April 16, 2018

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....


time to go lay down in a field...

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


All photos paintings pictures and art: copyright protected.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Morning Butterflies

Early rising to film emergence can yield lovely surprises...

Butterfly in the Flint Hills mary todd
Zebra Swallowtail in the Flint Hills mary todd 

Butterfly emergence:
click here  The-butterfly-life-on-prairie--Chrysalis

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring vultures

Vultures in the Flint Hills mary todd
This job--
to keep things clean and pretty.
Eliminate death and decay.
Eating corruption.
The face
of a vulture is red and seems sad.
I see them near my home, working hard.
What grace must Fill them!
Doing the work that never ends.
 Doing the work no one speaks of
like my beautiful grandmothers.
Like your beautiful grandmothers.
No pretty Golden Beaks, no Snowy White headfeathers.
No eating food Alive.
The sad eyes are not really the eyes.
The humble face on the regal body
humbles me.

Vulture in Light Flint Hills mary todd

Lovely Flint Hills Vulture mtodd

quit complaining oh you thought i'd be pretty if i had head feathers and a yellow beak and ate my food ALIVE? (that's actually kind of cruel, eh?doing the work i was created for. taking care of this task is humbling.

vultures by mary todd

by mary todd

Vulture in the flint hills mtodd

Monday, January 15, 2018

Farms on the Konza: Beautiful Sunrise, Cows Mooing, and Clouds Screaming Color!

Even though my fingers were FREEZING
I left the pile of warm cozy, ran outside and took some videos (posted below) of a typical fabulous Flint Hills Sunrise. I love the Konza Prairie! I love the Great Plains! (is Great Plain an oxymoron?)

Most Photos are untouched but shrunk.

Flint Hills Farm mary todd

Morning Farm in the Flint Hills mary todd

Fine Art in the Flint Hills mary todd

Winter Prairie Farm mary todd

Winter Flint Hills Moon mary todd
 The morning moon seemed wrapped in a grainy fog.

Sunflower Winter Remains mary todd
 Dead Sunflowers Reach for Strange Clouds

Winter Skies on the Prairie mtodd
 Sailfish in the Sky.
Prairie Farm in Winter mary Todd
 Click on pic to view large.
Fine Art in the Flint Hills Treeline on the Farm Mary Todd
 The view north.

I will insert the videos after a couple of whimsy moments:

Plastic Wrapped Winter Sky mary todd

Mary Todd Treeline

and in the daytime:

very Large File: Bare Trees in Morning Moon Light

Bare Trees in Morning Moonlight mary todd

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Winds of Spring

...can bring sadness

A truly exquisite robin's hard-made nest...

The winds here are beyond the telling.

This must have fallen not 30 minutes before i arrived.

More later...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Vultures Can Dance in the Konza Winds

The Kansa Wind drove some pioneers batty, I am sure...Now, three days of increasing wind broke last night with thunderstorms. When it is 10-20 mph in town, it is 35-60 sustained in the Flint Hills/Osage Questas. here are some youtubes to see hear for yourself: These were taken over the past 48 hours.

Vultures and a crow eating and dancing with gusto as the wind allows:
In this first link, at 45 seconds the turkey vulture does a little dance. Vulture in Wind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jy4nPI1Qds

and high winds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBCUjUJ0D6k
and chowing down- from indoors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXkkqIbeEk4
(the lack of wind noises is significant)
 and close up turkey vulture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veHTbdJhTZo
Grass wind/Trees wind:
kansas wind on grass (39 seconds) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvZFXsMx5aE
on trees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrN3-u-qto4

These were taken about 4-30-2010

I took some video at the height of wind strength but it was so dark i'll have to change the exposure to see them.
why so sad...
click to enlarge...

Vultures In Perspective
A Vulture Sortie with Crow Escort

Doing God's Work
Vulture in Light
Vulture in Kansas
Turkey Vulture in Kansa Wind
Kansas Sky in April
Turkey Vulture Riding Flint Hills Winds
Let's Get Something to Eat