Saturday, August 31, 2013
One truth imprinted on my mind with great force by my 15-state speaking tour, completed a day and a half ago with a 900 miles drive home from Jackson, Wyoming, is that God gave Americans a spectacularly beautiful country. (Though we have messed it up, in too many places, with metastasizing strip malls and homogenous agriculture -- couldn't we leave a sizable chunk of the Midwest in its natural state?) I'll be posting photos of scenes that particularly captured my eye, occasionally over the next few weeks, with a few words of explanation.
My first glimpse of Kansas reinforced this impression, somewhat to my surprise. I didn't have time to visit the grasslands preserved in central Kansas. But in morning mists, the rolling hills along Highway 70, with woods in the valleys, were quite lovely. How beautiful these grasslands must have been, when dozens of grasses and then wild flowers besides, spread in all directions, with bison, pronghorns, plains grizzly bears, going back further American camels, horses, giant sloths, mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and American cheetahs, roamed the plains unimpeded by barbed wire. along with smaller animals.
Wishing I could have driven 50 miles south to the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, I spied an exit off the freeway for "Tall Grass Road," or something like that. It appeared to be an empty dirt road, and I parked on the side of the road, and stretched my legs walking towards a farm house, taking pictures along the way. After less than half a mile, and many photos, a police car pulled up and ask if it was my vehicle parked "in the road." Well, OK, maybe I could have pulled over a little further.
Anyway, here's one of those photographs. I was especially impressed by this tall white flower, which I tried to take a close-up of but that turned out blurry. I have no idea what it is.