Flint Hills Up Close

Today I’d like to share with you a few odds and ends that we saw on our most recent trip to the Flint Hills.

A few wildflowers in bloom:  This white one is called Prairie Larkspur.

This strange looking pale green one is called Spider Antelopehorn:

This purple one is one of my favorites. It’s called Blue Wild Indigo.

The eastern part of the Flint Hills experienced an oil boom from the 1930s to the 1950s. Little towns sprouted up overnight and when it was over they disappeared leaving little evidence of their existence.

Here is where the town of Kenbro once was.

All that’s left today is a few shade trees,

an old rosebush blooming by itself,

and a storm cellar.

Not having any basements in their homes, it looks like they built a community storm cellar to escape from tornadoes.

This light pink flower is another of my favorite wildflowers. It’s called Cobaea Penstemon.

Further on down the road into a river valley, we found an old limestone schoolhouse tucked away into the trees bordering a creek.

This was as close as I dare go to it. There were bumblebees swarming all around inside.

Imagine the activity this sidewalk once saw….

This orange wildflower is called Butterfly Milkweed.

And finally, here’s another rosebush, evidence that a house once stood here. In the background you can see oil tanks left behind from when this was an oilfield.

There’s a lot to see in the Flint Hills. We never tire of getting off the paved roads and taking the less traveled gravel or even dirt roads.

It’s always an adventure.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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17 Responses

  1. Tina says:

    I am loving the pictures of all the wild flowers and your favorites are mine too. So beautiful. Keep taking the raod less traveled, I love going with you!

  2. Laura says:

    Same as Tina!

  3. Glyndalyn says:

    These are beautiful. I, too, enjoy flower photography.

  4. Elaine Snively says:

    Beautiful wildflowers, especially the Blue Indigo.

  5. What little treasures you discovered in the vast prairie.

  6. I love all your pictures of the spring wildflowers! The indigo and the milkweed are gorgeous! I especially love the Indigo (baptisia) and had some in my garden at the first little house we lived in. Now that is the kind of rose that we all need to put in our gardens, because it has proven that it can survive the extremes of Kansas summer heat and winter cold without any care at all, except what nature provides.
    (Do you by any chance belong to the Kansas Native Plant Society?)

  7. Jeannelle says:

    I’m enjoying the Flint Hills tour!

  8. Amy says:

    Beautiful flowers! And, I love the limestone schoolhouse. But I think a true “Blogger Extraordinaire” would have braved the bees for her readers! Ha!☺

  9. Mandy says:

    Beautiful! Your blog is a nice escape for the City Slicker that I am. LOL!

  10. Louise S says:

    As you know, I’m FROM Kansas but I never saw the beauty of the Flint Hills till you took us on the tour! Thanks!

    My first 6 grades of school were in a one-room schoolhouse, the last 3 years of which only had 3 students enrolled! I will have to say our schoolhouse was bigger and more “modern” than the limestone one, but the only “facilities” was an outhouse out back. My somewhat “younger” co-workers love to tease me about being ancient because those schools are pretty much unheard of nowadays. 🙂

  11. Doe in Mi says:

    Thank you Suzanne for such a wonderful and beautiful post. I throughly enjoyed it.

  12. Nancy says:

    Your photos are beautiful & I enjoyed your comments. You & Harland visit such interesting areas.

  13. Debbie says:

    I love all the pictures of the flowers and the Flint Hills!
    Thank you for the tour!

  14. Love the pictures. Am looking forward to an upcoming trip to the Flint Hills in June. Many blessings to you!

  15. Oh, man! This is the second time today that I have seen a photo of prairie larkspur. I want to find some of that, and was recently told to get some seeds. They don’t sell them in pots because they go dormant. I don’t think I’ve heard of that antelopehorn plant. It’s a cool looking bloom!

  16. Thomas W. Muther says:

    Beautiful photos of the prairie flowers! Wondering if you can tell me how to find that little schoolhouse? Thanks!

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