The way the prairie used to be has always fascinated us so, when we got near this Preserve, we stopped in for an hour or two.
|Terrific depiction of life in the Tallgrass. Badger, Greater prairie-chicken, Massasuga Rattlesnake, Jackrabbit, Red-tailed hawk, Show-on-the-mountain, Pitcher sage, Aromatic aster, Indian grass, Dotted gayfeather, Ashy sunflower and Little bluestem|
|Tall grasses to the right, Mixed-grasses in the middle and Shortgrass on the left. This is how much there used to be. Now there is only 4% left...mostly at this park.|
Described in 1883 as “the best improved farm in Chase county,” the Spring Hill Farm and Stock Ranch became a showpiece for cattleman Stephen F. Jones and his wife Louisa.
The hikes are very relaxing but not that much to see....just those wide open spaces....
|About the only flowers I saw on the trail|
|Trail heads off for another 7 miles...no thanks|
|heading back to the Visitor's Center|
|Movie showing expanse|
As always, there's so much more than we can put in a short blog. Nice place to visit.
Steve and Kim
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