Archive for the ‘nature’ Category

Endless Summer

August 21st, 2012 at 10:38 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Arkansas River, Wichita ENDLESS SUMMER When I woke up to the sound of rain last Tuesday, I felt as if I had awakened in another country. It was a great day – the air was chilly, and rain fell slowly and steadily all morning long. […]

columns, Flyover Weather, life on the ground, nature, weather

The Afterlives of Trees

July 31st, 2012 at 10:18 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE AFTERLIVES OF TREES On a wooden porch deck at Lake Wabaunsee, I sat in the shade of burr oaks and locusts, redbuds and hackberry trees. The canopy of leaves, a lake breeze, and a lack of concrete made this place feel about 20 degrees […]

columns, Kansans, nature, other people's stuff, writing

Underground in Hutchinson

July 24th, 2012 at 11:36 am

  Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: UNDERGROUND IN HUTCHINSON “Don’t pick or lick the walls” is one of the rules at the Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson. And I’m happy to report that I behaved. There were plenty of walls down there, but I did not lick any of […]

columns, history, nature, traveling

More from Manhattan

May 22nd, 2012 at 11:31 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:    Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas MORE FROM MANHATTAN When my birthday rolls around each April, I usually celebrate by making a pilgrimage to Lawrence. Because I lived in Lawrence for several years, that town feels like a second home. Massachusetts Street is a big attraction, […]

cities, columns, Flint Hills, nature, traveling

Well done, Manhattan

May 15th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: WELL DONE, MANHATTAN ‘Take me back to the Cottonwood River,” Kelley Hunt sings. “Lead me on, lead me on to where the Flint Hills roll.” Growing up Emporia, the Flint Hills likely provided Kelley Hunt with a feeling of being grounded, and the open skies […]

buildings, cities, columns, Flint Hills, history, Kansans, nature, places

Ants and aphids

May 7th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Dave spent some time yesterday with ants and aphids. Up close and personal. And another shot. ****

nature, other people's stuff

Stream on the Konza

April 30th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

A forested stream on a Konza Prairie trail near Manhattan.

landscape, nature

Home Has Arrived

April 3rd, 2012 at 10:56 am

Today’s Flyover People column as see in The Emporia Gazette: HOME HAS ARRIVED Green is back. While driving on Prairie Street the other day, I looked at the baby green leaves which cut a colorful new skyline against the background of blue. And one word came to mind: home. Spring returns us to the green […]

columns, Flyover Weather, nature, seasons


April 3rd, 2012 at 10:15 am

There’s a turtle in my yard! Don’t know where he came from or how he managed to get here without getting squished on a city street, but he’s here.



March 29th, 2012 at 8:48 am

The dogwood bloomed this year, or half of it has. The other half of the tree is dead. Last summer was too hard on this poor little tree.

nature, seasons


March 28th, 2012 at 5:35 am

The lilac bush is happy this year. A couple of years ago, we were sure this shrub was a goner. But it made a heroic comeback.