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.
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.
After the flooding in early May be had some days that were so wonderful.
Always enjoy walking on one of our favorite backroads.
Beautiful Mother’s Day flowers from my son and his family. Thank you!! I love you all so much.
With rain in the forecast I cut some of my peonies. Oh no rain!
We’ve had a lot of rain over the last couple of days. The Mulberry Creek is out of her banks. I don’t know how much rain we’ve received as my cute little rain gauge froze last winter and I haven’t put the new one up yet. It’s on my “to do list” for tomorrow.
The back roads around us all look the same.
The road to the north.
The road to the south.
The blacktop into town was closed in multiple places. It’s amazing how many people go past the barricades and drive thru the flood waters.
Miles of gravel roads will need repaired.
Prayers for all who are affected by the flooding.