This past weekend I had an opportunity to tour the “back roads” of the Konza Prairie with a wonderful docent, Chod Hedinger, who had been one of my Scoutmasters when I was growing up in Manhattan, Kansas. I created a 10 photo VoiceThread this evening titled “Bison on the Konza Prairie” to provide greater context to the Flickr album I published after our two hour tour of the prairie. Approximately 300 bison live and roam on the Konza prairie, and we saw a bunch of them! This was a fantastic trip, and felt like we were in Yellowstone Park! I will be publishing the audio commentary Chod shared during this Konza prairie tour as a two-part podcast soon.

If you haven’t already read and seen it, be sure to check out the April 2007 National Geographic Magazine article about the Konza and the Flinthills of Kansas. The photographer for this article, Jim Richardson, lives and has a studio in Lindsborg, Kansas, AKA “Little Sweden, USA.” His .Mac website includes a fantastic web gallery of images he took for that article. Kansas is a BEAUTIFUL state, and Jim’s photography reveals that stunning beauty in its various forms. I particularly love the image he captured of the Milky Way galaxy over Kansas, as well as the image of the burning prairie. All of these images are for sale in Jim’s gallery, “Small World,” via his online “print shop.”

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