There’s nothing quite like this region of rust-colored buttes, mesas, sinkholes, and caves to give a person a strange feeling that “we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
When is it time to plant lettuce? When do you sow wheat? It all depends on your local climate.
The Ozark Plateau, located in the very southeastern corner of Kansas, is characterized by rolling hills and forests. Occupying only 55 square miles in Cherokee County, this is the smallest physiographic region in the state. Soil The soils on the steep slopes of the area are moist, but they are also thin, rocky, acidic, andContinue reading “Ozark Plateau”
Ah, the joys of country living. Spending time with the animals, discovering that overgrown cucumber in the garden, listening to the birds…. Kansas is blessed with a gorgeous array of bird species—songbirds, hawks and owls, herons and egrets, and even a surprising number of sandpipers, seagulls, and other birds we tend to associate with coastalContinue reading “Link: Online Bird Guide”
The Osage Cuestas (pronounced Kwestas), encompassing nearly all of eastern Kansas south of the Kansas River, are a region of hills and ridges, steep on one side and gently sloping on the other. Because the Osage Cuestas cover so much area, there is plenty of variation in the terrain, though not as much topographical reliefContinue reading “Osage Cuestas”
Historically a region of shortgrass prairie, the High Plains now hosts an extensive system of irrigated agriculture.
The Glaciated Region occupies the northeastern corner of Kansas and is roughly bordered by the Kansas River on the south and the Big Blue on the west. Geologists named the area based on a theory that two glaciers once covered the landscape and shaped the terrain. Rocky hills and wide valleys with accompanying floodplains provideContinue reading “Glaciated Region”
In nature, everything is part of everything else. Cycles and systems are all inextricably linked together to form a whole environment. Microscopic organisms are just as important in their place as larger living creatures. The solar cycle and the water cycle interact, and both plants and animals are necessary to the food chain. The restContinue reading “Looking at the Bigger Picture”
Many agree that, with its wide vistas, gorgeous sunsets, and perennial display of wildflowers, the Flint Hills region is one of the most beautiful places in Kansas.
The Cherokee Lowlands occupy roughly 1,000 square miles in parts of Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette counties in the southeastern part of the state. Overall, the region is one of mostly level plains, although a few hills rise up here and there. These plains are cut by narrow valleys and by ditches left over fromContinue reading “Cherokee Lowlands”