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Winter Blues – on the Kansas Prairie

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This post is all about the enchanting blues found throughout the winter prairie!

For all their grandeur, the plains offer sustained beauty throughout all seasons, including winter.

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Captured in Butler County, Kansas

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I love sharing my images of the beautiful scenes, landscapes and nature photography from the Flint Hills of Kansas.

Captured in Butler County, Kansas

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The Tallgrass prairies of the Flint Hills deserve promotion that highlights the vitality, beauty, and preservation.

Once upon a time, the Tallgrass prairie covered 170 million acres of North America. Within about 30 years, most of it was plowed under and developed.

Today less than 4% of the Tallgrass prairie remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills.

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Captured in Butler County, Kansas

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What is now a sea of grass was at one time a shallow sea of water!

Between 200 and 300 million years ago, the “flint” (a gray and white limestone and steel tough chert), began to form from this Permian Seafloor and with it the famous Flint Hills.

The result was rocky land considered unsuitable for plowing but excellent for pasture. The natural prairie cycle of fires, animal grazing, and prairie weather has sustained the tallgrass prairie and its diverse plant and animal species ever since.

A beautiful National Park in Kansas: Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie – Tallgrass Prairie National Park.

The Tallgrass preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand.