I had my day all planned out, and none of what I had planned worked out. It is a cool, breezy overcast day and the place I was wanting to go in the Flint Hills would be better photographed on a clear day. Wylie and I loaded up and took the back roads over to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge near Canton, Kansas. Here’s what we saw today.
Abandoned bridge outside of Assaria, KS
I didn’t find any information on Hallville, KS. There is one home currently occupied, I could find no other remains of any buildings. It was along an abandoned train track.
Olive Springs School was built in 1885 and was used as a school until 1947. It is now an art gallery displaying the painting and prints of a local artist, Maleta Forsberg.
Bridge near the entrance to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge is home to 200 head of bison and 50 elk. They roam free on the 2800 acre natural prairie.
Just west of the Refuge is McPherson State fishing lake, where we saw this lone eagle.
In 1972 the Buffalo River was declared a National River, one of the few remaining free-flowing, undammed river in the lower 48 states. It originates at the highest part of the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks and flows 135 miles before joining the White River. The National River is popular for camping, float trips, and fishing. There are over 100 miles of hiking trails. The best way to see the river are by the trails or a float trip. I’m looking forward to a return trip to explore the river!
This looks like a trail tree!!
Rocky Mountain Elk were introduced to the region a few years ago. The herd now numbers around 800.
Kansas is such a beautiful and diversified state. From the prairies and farmland to rolling hills and wooded areas, there is such beauty in our natural surroundings. Wylie and I are taking trips around Kansas, we will be exploring areas off the beaten paths.
A cold dreary February day spent at Milford Lake spotting eagles. Total eagle count 48
This is how The House finch nest looked when I first discovered it in the evergreen tree in the back yard. Five little eggs in a nest.
A week later, there were five little birds that looked like a fluffy dandelion. They had survived several severe storms with high winds. I couldn’t believe that they weren’t blown out of the nest! It’s amazing that something so little and fragile could survive.
They are almost 2 weeks old and it won’t be long before they fly. That will be a good thing, I never knew nor had I given it any thought as to what they do with their waste. A wren and all cavity nesting birds keep their nest very clean by carrying out the fecal sac and depositing it away from the nest. The nesting birds, like House finches, the parent eats the fecal sac for about five days, then after that the chicks deposit the sac on the edge of the nest. Did you know this?
I love mint, but it is too invasive to plant in the garden. This year I put my mojito mint in this beautiful orange ceramic pot. Mojitos are my favorite summer drink, looks like with all this mint, I will have LOTS of mojitos! I planted the colorful ornamental peppers and a yellow canna to further accent the pot.
I planted a white water calla lily, a chameleon plant and papyrus around the bubbling rock.
The baby House finches are hatching. They look like little fluffy dandelions. A couple of days ago we had a storm with 60 mph winds, and I was so happy that they were able to ride out the storm.