This was such a unique sound that I hadn’t heard before on our early morning walks. What made it even more interesting was that I had been on the phone the previous day to Dell support in India. When you have their support they “take over” your computer and in no time it’s running again like new!! Amazing, I highly recommend Dell computers and support. The tech saw my home screen and comment how beautiful it was and if that’s where I lived. That started a great conversations about our countries, one of the things he told me about were the monkeys and other wildlife. The first thing I thought about when I heard this sound coming from the trees, monkeys! Of course I know there are no wild monkeys in Kansas. I recorded the sound and sent it to my son. He told me they were Barred owls. It certainly is awesome to hear, I haven’t seen them yet but hopefully we will.
Officially the first day of summer, it arrived last night at 10:31pm. It certainly doesn’t feel like summer, it’s only in the mid 80’s. After a week of scorching temperatures, our high was 106. That was hot. Wheat harvest has started, but was slowed a bit today after some showers last night.
The sky was so blue with bright puffy clouds. Just had to get out!!
Grader ditch with old fashion day lilies
Wheat field ready to be cut
The cattle need a bigger shade tree
Less traveled backroad
Today was the first cool morning we’ve had all week. It was wonderful to be out for an early morning walk.
A little sun dog.
We were out just after sunrise. In fact we woke up a little fawn that was in the tall grass along side the road. I wasn’t able to get any photos of it as I had to get ahold of Wylie! The little fawn ran along the road and then went back into the tall grass. Mom was out in the field watching!!
Cone Flowers Echinacea growing in the ditch. Some people use the flower buds and leaves for tea. I was taught to dig the root for tea. That’s what I drank last winter to boost my immune system. Just steep the root and enjoy!!
My therapy. We are so blessed to be out on the backroads. No other sounds, just Nature
Headed home from our walk, cowboys were in the pasture gathering cattle. Beautiful morning to be on horseback. Wishing you a wonderful blessed day.
Sunrise welcomes a hot (not quite) summer day. Doesn’t seem possible that the summer solstice is just a few days away.
My butterfly milk weed and spiderwort are beautiful this year.
While I was watering the zinnias I this guy crawled out of the mud.
Peonies were so pretty, but I lost a lot of honeysuckle (that grew on the chicken fence) to the cold weather we had in February.
Red Buds and Eagles
It was a cool overcast day, a trip to the lake sounded like a great way to pass the day. I was surprised how many others had the same idea! The campgrounds (that were open) were almost full. The adults were sitting around the campfires all bundled up in their winter coats. All the kids were running around play, riding bikes and not on their electronic devices. There were numerous Boy Scouts troops camping. The hiking trails were also busy. Wonderful to see so many out enjoying nature!!
The Redbud trees have been especially beautiful this year. They are native to this region of Kansas.
The eagles are back on their nest. They have used this nest for several years.
Perfect Day To Be On The Backroads
After being inside due to sub zero temperatures, it was so nice to see a day with no wind and in the 60’s. Perfect day to head to one of my favorite parts of Kansas. Post Rock country in Lincoln County, and parts of western Ottawa County.
Wide open spaces
Remains of a stone fence
Wylie and a big round rock.
The start to a beautiful day.
Not A Normal Winter
It’s been a while since I posted and the format is completely different. Maybe that’s a good thing? We’ll see.
It hasn’t been our “normal” Kansas winter, (but what is normal anymore?). Mild temps and no moisture. It is wonderful being about to be outside without freezing your fingers and toes. We certainly have enjoyed being out and of course our long walks.
Our drive thru Maxwell Game Preserve. The bull elk were separated (by choice) from the cows. They were peacefully grazing.
On the west side of the preserve is the McPherson County State Lake. There are hiking trails, fishing, also 1 cabin that you can rent. There is some construction on to the west of the lake. It looks like a maybe camp ground is being built.
It was such a beautiful day and we were needing some extra outdoor time. We loaded up and headed west.
Cow, calf and cowboy silhouette
U B Church AD. 1882
A road well traveled. Thankfully not by many people. Plenty of evidence of deer and coyotes.