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Corkscrew formation - Thousands of red-winged blackbirds take off from Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge. Cheyenne Bottoms is located in Barton County Ks. near Hoisington. The Bottoms is about 41,000 acres of wetlands in central Kansas and the largest wetland in the interior United States. The Bottoms is a important stop on the Central Flyway for millions of birds migrating through the region annually.
Corkscrew formation - Thousands of red-winged blackbirds take off from Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge. Cheyenne Bottoms is located in Barton County Ks. near Hoisington. The Bottoms is about 41,000 acres of wetlands in central Kansas and the largest wetland in the interior United States. The Bottoms is a important stop on the Central Flyway for millions of birds migrating through the region annually.
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Trees along country road - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is not all wetlands. About 13,000 acres of the refuge is made up of sand dunes covered with prairie grasses. Here trees line a country road on the edge of the refuge in Rice County, Kansas.
Trees along country road - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is not all wetlands. About 13,000 acres of the refuge is made up of sand dunes covered with prairie grasses. Here trees line a country road on the edge of the refuge in Rice County, Kansas.
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Break of dawn - The Rattle Snake Creek, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Stafford County, Ks.
Break of dawn - The Rattle Snake Creek, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Stafford County, Ks.
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Monument Rocks Sunrise - Sunrise at Monument Rocks, Kansas.
Monument Rocks Sunrise - Sunrise at Monument Rocks, Kansas.
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Sunrise light - Sunrise at Cheyenne Bottoms in Barton County, Ks.
Sunrise light - Sunrise at Cheyenne Bottoms in Barton County, Ks.
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Prairie road - Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Ks. near Strong City.
Prairie road - Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Ks. near Strong City.
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Curious bison - A buffalo take an interest as I take photos from the other side of a fence at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Ks. near Strong City.
Curious bison - A buffalo take an interest as I take photos from the other side of a fence at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Ks. near Strong City.
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Monument Rocks all in a row - Monument Rocks rise above the plains of Western Kansas in Gove County. The large chalk formations, rich in fossils, formed approximately 80 million years ago when chalk was deposited during the late Cretaceous Period. Monument Rocks and numerous chalk outcroppings in the area are known as the as the 'Badlands of Kansas' and is a source of some of the best Cretaceous marine fossils discovered anywhere in the world.
Monument Rocks all in a row - Monument Rocks rise above the plains of Western Kansas in Gove County. The large chalk formations, rich in fossils, formed approximately 80 million years ago when chalk was deposited during the late Cretaceous Period. Monument Rocks and numerous chalk outcroppings in the area are known as the as the 'Badlands of Kansas' and is a source of some of the best Cretaceous marine fossils discovered anywhere in the world.
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Cloudy sunset over marsh - Clouds obscure a setting sun over a marsh at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge in Barton County, Ks.
Cloudy sunset over marsh - Clouds obscure a setting sun over a marsh at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge in Barton County, Ks.
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Prairie clouds - Storm front rolls thru the area just south of Lawrence, Ks.
Prairie clouds - Storm front rolls thru the area just south of Lawrence, Ks.
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Cloudy lake reflection - No information availabe
Cloudy lake reflection - No information availabe
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Herd of horses - Under a cold, gray, cloudy day, a herd of wild mustang graze in the Kansas Flint Hills. Thousands of wild mustang roam the Kansas Flint Hill according to a recent Kansas Magazine story. The mustangs come from federal land in Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and other areas in the western United States. I spend a recent afternoon in the Flint Hills southeast of Callaway, Ks. photographing the mustangs. I spotted several hundred roaming the prairie.
Herd of horses - Under a cold, gray, cloudy day, a herd of wild mustang graze in the Kansas Flint Hills. Thousands of wild mustang roam the Kansas Flint Hill according to a recent Kansas Magazine story. The mustangs come from federal land in Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and other areas in the western United States. I spend a recent afternoon in the Flint Hills southeast of Callaway, Ks. photographing the mustangs. I spotted several hundred roaming the prairie.
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Buffalo bask in sunset - Buffalo roam the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in McPherson County, Kansas south of Lindsborg. The refuge is more than 2,500 acres of mostly mixed grass prairie and home to buffalo and elk.
Buffalo bask in sunset - Buffalo roam the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in McPherson County, Kansas south of Lindsborg. The refuge is more than 2,500 acres of mostly mixed grass prairie and home to buffalo and elk.
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State bird - A western meadow lark near Monument Rocks in Gove County, Ks.
State bird - A western meadow lark near Monument Rocks in Gove County, Ks.
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Mostly cloud - A mostly cloudy day at Lake Scott State Park near Scott City, Ks. in Scott County.
Mostly cloud - A mostly cloudy day at Lake Scott State Park near Scott City, Ks. in Scott County.
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Break of dawn - Sunrise at Lake Scott State Park near Scott City, Kansas. The spring-fed state lake is hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie in Scott County, Kansas. National Geographic named Scott Lake State Park as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks.
Break of dawn - Sunrise at Lake Scott State Park near Scott City, Kansas. The spring-fed state lake is hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie in Scott County, Kansas. National Geographic named Scott Lake State Park as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks.
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Undulating hills - The Big Basin Wildlife Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
Undulating hills - The Big Basin Wildlife Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
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Tree on the prairie - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is not all wetlands. About 13,000 acres of the refuge is made up of sand dunes covered with prairie grasses. Here a lone tree sits on the edge of the prairie grass on the edge of the refuge in Rice County, Kansas.
Tree on the prairie - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is not all wetlands. About 13,000 acres of the refuge is made up of sand dunes covered with prairie grasses. Here a lone tree sits on the edge of the prairie grass on the edge of the refuge in Rice County, Kansas.
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Flint Hills skeleton - The remains of an old cattle chute and pens in the Kansas Flint Hills. I was making my way back to the highway when I came across the old cattle chute along the dirt road in Chase County, Ks.
Flint Hills skeleton - The remains of an old cattle chute and pens in the Kansas Flint Hills. I was making my way back to the highway when I came across the old cattle chute along the dirt road in Chase County, Ks.
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Prairie creek - The Salt Creek, at sunrise, runs through Quivira Wildlife Refuge in Rice County, Ks.
Prairie creek - The Salt Creek, at sunrise, runs through Quivira Wildlife Refuge in Rice County, Ks.
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Prairie daybreak - Sunrise at Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Preserve is nearly 2000 acres of native mixed grass prairie.
Prairie daybreak - Sunrise at Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Preserve is nearly 2000 acres of native mixed grass prairie.
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Marsh mirror - Cloudy reflection in a marsh at Quivira National National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County, Kansas. Quivira consists of 22,135 acres of rare inland salt marshes and sand prairie.
Marsh mirror - Cloudy reflection in a marsh at Quivira National National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County, Kansas. Quivira consists of 22,135 acres of rare inland salt marshes and sand prairie.
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Lake Scott bluff - A view of historical Lake Scott State Park from atop bluffs that surround the lake. The spring-fed state lake is hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie in Scott County, Kansas near Scott City. National Geographic named Scott Lake State Park as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks.
Lake Scott bluff - A view of historical Lake Scott State Park from atop bluffs that surround the lake. The spring-fed state lake is hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie in Scott County, Kansas near Scott City. National Geographic named Scott Lake State Park as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks.
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Last light over marsh - Sunset at Quivira National National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County, Kansas. Quivira consists of 22,135 acres of rare inland salt marshes and sand prairie.
Last light over marsh - Sunset at Quivira National National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County, Kansas. Quivira consists of 22,135 acres of rare inland salt marshes and sand prairie.
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Hillside herd - Buffalo graze a hillside at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in McPherson County, Kansas. The refuge consists of 2,574 acres of mostly mixed grass prairie. Bison and elk inhabit the refuge.
Hillside herd - Buffalo graze a hillside at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in McPherson County, Kansas. The refuge consists of 2,574 acres of mostly mixed grass prairie. Bison and elk inhabit the refuge.
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Twisty creek - The Rattle Snake Creek where it enters Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County, Kansas.
Twisty creek - The Rattle Snake Creek where it enters Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County, Kansas.
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Just over the horizon - Sunrise at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve in Barton County, Ks.
Just over the horizon - Sunrise at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve in Barton County, Ks.
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Big basin aglow - The sunrise lights up the west rim of the Big Basin in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
Big basin aglow - The sunrise lights up the west rim of the Big Basin in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
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Amazing sunrise - Dawn colors reflect in a canal at Cheyenne Bottom Preserve in Barton County Kansas near Hoisington. The Bottoms is about 41,000 acres of wetlands in central Kansas and the largest wetland in the interior United States. The Bottoms is a important stop on the Central Flyway for millions of birds migrating through the region annually.
Amazing sunrise - Dawn colors reflect in a canal at Cheyenne Bottom Preserve in Barton County Kansas near Hoisington. The Bottoms is about 41,000 acres of wetlands in central Kansas and the largest wetland in the interior United States. The Bottoms is a important stop on the Central Flyway for millions of birds migrating through the region annually.
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Big Basin lights up - The Big Basin lights up just after sunrise. The basin is located in the Big Basin Wildlife Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
Big Basin lights up - The Big Basin lights up just after sunrise. The basin is located in the Big Basin Wildlife Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
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Road to a sunrise - Early morning light highlights the hill in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Preserve is nearly 2000 acres acres of native mixed grass prairie.
Road to a sunrise - Early morning light highlights the hill in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Preserve is nearly 2000 acres acres of native mixed grass prairie.
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Path to sunrise - Sunrise at historical Lake Scott State Park.The spring-fed state lake is hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie in Scott County, Kansas near Scott City. National Geographic named Scott Lake State Park as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks.
Path to sunrise - Sunrise at historical Lake Scott State Park.The spring-fed state lake is hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie in Scott County, Kansas near Scott City. National Geographic named Scott Lake State Park as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks.
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A Bottoms sunrise - Sunrise over marsh at Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge, Kansas.
A Bottoms sunrise - Sunrise over marsh at Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge, Kansas.
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Red, yellow sunrise - A bright red and yellow sunrise silhouettes cattails at Cheyenne Bottom Refuge in Barton County Kansas near Hoisington. The Bottoms is about 41,000 acres of wetlands in central Kansas and the largest wetland in the interior United States. The Bottoms is a important stop on the Central Flyway for millions of birds migrating through the region annually.
Red, yellow sunrise - A bright red and yellow sunrise silhouettes cattails at Cheyenne Bottom Refuge in Barton County Kansas near Hoisington. The Bottoms is about 41,000 acres of wetlands in central Kansas and the largest wetland in the interior United States. The Bottoms is a important stop on the Central Flyway for millions of birds migrating through the region annually.
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Salt Fork Of The Arkansas river - Small stream meanders through the Gypsum Hills prairie in Kansas.
Salt Fork Of The Arkansas river - Small stream meanders through the Gypsum Hills prairie in Kansas.
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Kansas Hills - Early morning light highlights the hill in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark Count, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Preserve is nearly 2000 acres acres of native mixed grass prairie.
Kansas Hills - Early morning light highlights the hill in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark Count, Kansas south of Dodge City. The Preserve is nearly 2000 acres acres of native mixed grass prairie.
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Ball of fire - Kansas sunset near Hoisington, Ks.
Ball of fire - Kansas sunset near Hoisington, Ks.
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Buffalo on the prairie - A herd of buffalo roam the Big Basin in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
Buffalo on the prairie - A herd of buffalo roam the Big Basin in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
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Big Basin buffalo - A herd of buffalo roam the Big Basin in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
Big Basin buffalo - A herd of buffalo roam the Big Basin in the Big Basin Prairie Preserve in Clark County, Kansas south of Dodge City The Big Basin is a mile wide sinkhole more than 100's feet deep. The sinkhole formed by the dissolving and collapse of massive gypsum and salt formations below the surface. Depressions are still forming today.
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Gypsum Hills sunset - Gypsum Hills in Kansas.
Gypsum Hills sunset - Gypsum Hills in Kansas.