April 12, 2015
KONZA PRAIRIE PRESERVE
I had the opportunity to get out and take some pictures this weekend and learn a little more about the Konza Prairie Preserve located south of Manhattan, Kansas.
The recent prairie burn I participated in ignited an interest in the Flint Hills and the prairie grasslands that run through Kansas. The Konza Prairie Preserve is privately owned by the The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University but does have six miles of trails open to the public.
Of particular interest on this trip was the photography of Noppadol Paothong, a nature and wildlife photographer, on display at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan through May 17, 2015. His focus is to bring attention to the effort to rescue the North American grassland grouse from extinction. Just a few short weeks ago I was barely aware that these birds existed but now I'm learning the different species, the Greater and Lesser Prairie Chicken, the Attwaters Prairie Chicken, the Sharp-tailed Grouse (my favorite), the Greater Sage Grouse and the Gunnison Sage Grouse. Second only to these magnificent birds is the photography that depicts their beauty.
To learn more about these birds check out the 'Save The Last Dance' website www.savethelastdancebook.com.
This windmill is located along highway 177, the eastern border of the Konza tallgrass preserve, and just north of the Scenic Overlook. Some of the best picture subjects aren't by the side of the road but this one was. It only required a short walk to capture this image.