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Monday, August 24, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - a short trip through the beautiful state of Kansas!

I'm not a tour director, but I think in my next life, I'd like to be one. I have taken photos all of my life, with my first camera purchase being around age 7. I was the girl on the bus with the camera in grade school, the young lady with the camera at church when in Jr. High, the young woman with the camera at every event possible in High School, and the Mom who took photos of everything their kids ever THOUGHT of doing when they were growing up. So, it stands to reason that as I travel for my job, I carry a camera with me ALL the time. I see so many beautiful sites, people, memories, places, animals, and things that I can't possibly take photos of them all, but believe me DIGITAL is a God-send for people like me! As I drive down the road, unless I'm in a terrible hurry, I pull over to take photos of many things. So, grab a drink and sit back, we're going on a tour of Kansas. I will tell you where things are located (if I remember) as I go along, and if you want any further information PLEASE leave me a comment and I promise I will answer. Click on any of the photos to make them large enough you can see the detail. So here goes:
This field of sunflowers is found in the north central part of the state, on Highway #9, near Glen Elder. Did you know that fields of sunflowers always face the east? And of course with every rule there's an exception as you can see in the photo. There was a rogue in this field!

Sunflowers are such happy flowers, aren't they?
This church is located in Marysville, located in the north central part of Kansas. (Highway 36).
Bread Bowl Mound located south of Highway 36 in Phillips County, north west/central Kansas, about 3 miles from my house.

The windmill photo was taken along Highway 383, in northwest Kansas, one Friday afternoon on my way home from work.I wish I could mimic the incredible crisp sound that wheat makes when it's dry and blowing in the breeze. It brings back memories of my childhood when the harvestors would come through town, and cut wheat in the area.
As the song goes - THESE are "amber waves of grain".
This church, labeled "Cathedral of the Plains" is located in Victoria. It is in central Kansas, along I -70.
I would be a very bad tour director if I didn't point out to you how in every photo, the sky is clean and BLUE. I think if I were to pick a favorite thing about Kansas it would be just that- the sky.

Central Kansas, along I-70.

We do have several interstate highways, this one happens to be I-70 also, we are heading east but are west of Topeka, in central/eastern Kansas.

No one can say that all the houses in Kansas are old farm houses, with cows around them. (Although there are a lot that are!) This one is actually a train, and is located on highway 54, south of Lawrence (home of Kansas University- GO Jayhawks!)
This was taken a little ways (1/2 block) from our house.
This is a favorite place for my Sr.'s to have their photos taken, also just down the draw from our house. Within a few days after this was taken, the stone wall on the left caved in, so I have a sneaking suspicion that one of these days the railroad will be replacing it with something "new and improved". Won't that be sad?
Thanks for sharing your precious time with me, and please leave a comment or better yet, become a follower! Thanks also to the host blog below for their hospitality!


  1. I love all these photos as many of them I have fond memories of too! Love you Meme!

  2. You are a tour guide or should I say DIRECTOR.
    I loved seeing all of your OW tonight Thanks so much.
    Happy OW
    Love Claudie

  3. Yeppers tour guide is definately something you should consider.

  4. Before I scrolled down to read more...I was going to say "she's in Kansas!" and I was right ;)

    Love all of your have a great eye.

  5. Thanks for the tour of Kansas. I like the photos of the sunflowers. I did not know they always faced east. I thought they followed the sun. There was a seed farm I used to drive by and one year they had the fields planted in sunflowers. I never had a camera with me.

  6. Love your photos of the sunflowers, and all the pretty settings around Kansas!! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week!

    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  7. That's horrible that the beautiful stone wal caved in. I love the sunflower pictures, they are happy and lovely!

  8. I love all of your pics! The last one is awesome!


    Donna Marie

  9. Beautiful place. Nice shots.
    Great outdoor post.

  10. The sunflowers are sooo beautiful, and that stone wall, such a shame. Thanks for sharing all you beautiful pictures.

  11. Such beautiful photos! I love the little "wrong way" sunflower - reminds me of the scene in Mr. Mom where everyone is yelling at Michael Keaton "you're doing it wrong!" Thanks for the tour. Kathy

  12. Very pretty. This is a part of our Country I have not explored...I definitely want to one day.

    Becky K.

  13. Great photos! The cathederal photo is so pretty. Love the architecture.

  14. My Dad was born in Kansas and lived on a farm there until the family moved when he was a teenager. I'm a native Californian who has never seen his home state ... so I thoroughly enjoyed this post more than you might realize. Thanks so much ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  15. I love the photos you selected to share with us today. You are a tour guide par excellence. I follow wherever you go. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  16. That sunflower field stole my heart! I love masses of sunflowers.


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