I always enjoy my zinnias out by the chicken house, (which now is just a house as there are no chickens currently living in it. I do miss them at times, but will not miss the COLD winter days of having to go out and tend to chickens.) Zinnias, one of my favorite flowers, they are so easy to start from seed and SO many colors from one packet!!
After the first frost they aren’t so colorful. A post by shoreacres, on her blog The Task at Hand made me feel so much better about my dried up zinnias and the upcoming winter months ahead of us. Please visit her blog and I hope it can lift you up as much as it did for me. (There is a link to her blog at the end of this post. )
From Turning Toward the Morning, by shoreacres, The Task at Hand
by Gordon Bok
a portion from his song: Turning Towards the Morning
It’s a pity we don’t know
what the little flowers know
they can’t face the cold November,
they can’t take the wind and snow.
They put their glories all behind them,
bow their heads and let it go,
but you know they’ll be there shining in the morning.
Please visit shoreacres post Turning Toward the Morning
to see the post and be sure look around her blog!!
The native wild sunflower is the official state flower of Kansas.
A field of sunflowers that were planted in June will be harvested when they turn brown and dry out.
I like the tall one. It’s watching over everyone.
Heads are bowed. Starting to dry out.
Native sunflowers can be seen in field and in roadside ditches.
These aren’t sunflowers, but they are yellow and SO pretty.
For the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Christ Episcopal Cathedral has for years had a beautiful service for the blessing of the animals. A perfect day for the outdoor service.
We’ve had some beautiful foggy mornings. The dew clings to spider webs, they are absolutely beautiful and so different.
This one looks like it’s had a few repairs.
I like living in a state where we are out numbered!
We are certainly stuck in a rainy weather pattern. A few hot and humid days then stormy weather returns. This morning I emptied an overflowing rain gauge filled with 5 inches of rain.
Farmer Dry Creek
It will be a few days before I have to mow!!
Outlet at McPherson State Fishing Lake. A 46 acre fishing lake just west of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge built in 1954.
Impassable low water crossing due to the release of the fishing lake.
Of course I had to stop and take pictures of the wildflowers.
Field of wheat that is flooded
Turn Around – Just south of Hobbs Creek Road, Saline County, KS
We are certainly needing some hot dry windy days so the farmers can get into the fields to harvest. Praying for them.
We’ve had some really beautiful days
Some stormy days. Clouds over a wheat field.
Lots of rain and nice days really makes the grass grow. Makes for a very good crop of hay.
Brome grass in bloom
Located west of Lindsborg, KS is the Hoglund Dugout.
Gustaf Hoglund and Maria Olsen were married in 1871. Living in the dugout they homesteaded 80 acres. They built a small shanty around the dugout, where they lived until 1880. At that time they built a large 2 story 5 bedroom, as their family had grown to 8 children. The home was built to the east of the dugout, which then served as a root cellar. The children never married or moved from the farm. The youngest child, Alma died in 1975.
The dugout was filled with water due to the all the rains and flooding. I’ll return to the dugout when it dries out as I’d like to see all the rock work and how deep it is. The dugout is only a couple miles from Coronado Heights, which is closed due to erosion and the only road being washed out. Miss going there as it’s so beautiful this time of year with all the yucca, spiderwort and butterfly milkweed.
Tornado warned thunderhead east of Salina, KS
Most of the reservoirs in Kansas are at record capacity levels. This is Tuttle Creek Dam in Manhattan, KS Yesterday 5/28/19 the elevation was 1133.27 MSL (58.27 above normal pool). Today they began increasing the release of water. Water is being released from the outlet tubes and not the emergency spillway.
Gates of the emergency spillway.
Flooding between Abilene and Enterprise.
Today was a beautiful day with no rain. Just waiting for it to dry out so I can get on the mower.
After a few beautiful days, the rain returned and it’s flooding again. Two floods in May.
Smoky Hill River
Clouds of hope on the horizon for a few rain free days.