We joke that if you don’t like the weather in Kansas, you just need to wait five minutes, because it will change.  That’s especially true in spring.  While it can be frustrating to experience snow, rain, and 70F temperatures in one day — especially because extreme temperature changes egg on tornadoes — it does bring […]

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Salina, Kansas, about two and a half hours west of Kansas City.  After about an hour on the fast, but boring, I-70, I exited onto the 56 mile long Native Stone Scenic  Byway through Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties.  This “One Thing, Three Ways” post is of an old, […]

Where trees were scarce, native limestone was abundant on the Great Plains where the Volga Germans settled in America.  The native limestone in this region is close to the surface and usually uniform in thickness.  It is soft enough to split and shape when freshly quarried but hardens with exposure to the air.  Limestone was […]

I love the way this sculpture, located in Ironwoods Park in Leawood not too far from the Oxford School House, is set on slabs of native stone with prairie grasses and wildflowers in the background.  I’m sure it’s much more picturesque in the spring, or any summer not fighting an aggressive drought, but I found it […]

Since it was basically a toss-up between the original shot and the black and white shot with selected color on this post from a few days ago, I’m sharing this shot of my oldest daughter without any further effort on my part. Little known fact:  Gretchen has a twin brother who hates getting his picture […]