Flint Hills - John Morrison

Flint Hills

The Kansas Flint Hills, formed by the erosion of Permian-age limestones and shales, extend from Marshall County, in the north, to Cowley County, in the south, and are known as the Osage Hills in Oklahoma. Named for the embedded bands of chert, or flint, the Flint Hills region is one of the last great preserves of tallgrass prairie in the country. —Kansas Geological Survey

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Flint Hills Cloudburst Pano

Flint Hills Cloudburst Pano

I was on this Flint Hills ranch for a day of roundup. Starting before dawn, the ranch hands gathered three hundred head of calves and walked them overland about 3 miles to the ranch headquarters to be weighed and put on trucks. I stayed behind on a hilltop as the low morning clouds got more and more interesting. Most of the area stayed dry, but a small cloudburst a mile or two beyond gave an isolated soaking. Near Cassoday in Butler County, Kansas. July 18, 2005.

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