Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bartlesville, OK

The closest “big”city to the tall-grass prairie is Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  It is a nice little city, very clean and neat with ample parking.   The biggest attraction in the city is a skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It is … Continue reading

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Buffalo tall-grass prairie

I have been donating to the Nature Conservancy for more than twenty-five years. The donor relations manager was nice enough to invite me for coffee and ask if there was anything she could do for me.  There was.  I wanted … Continue reading

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A few odds and ends

I have a few pictures and places that I thought were interesting but did not have a whole post.  Above is the world’s largest easel in Goodland, Kansas.  Besides the easel, Goodland claims the first U.S. Helicopter.  It didn’t fly. … Continue reading

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We have it easy today

Our parents and grandparents used to tell us how easy we have it today and they were right. Life was much harder in times past. I was reminded on my drive through Kansas and a visit to the Prairie Museum … Continue reading

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Grand Teton

This is one of the most beautiful parks.  We didn’t come at the very best time of day, since I had to take pictures into the sunlight induced haze.  Morning with the sun at my back would have been better.  … Continue reading

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Yellowstone – postcard shots

There are two important things to keep in mind about the pictures.  First is that they do not do justice to the beauty and they of course cannot convey the sounds or the feelings in the air.  The second thing … Continue reading

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Yellowstone bison

I had a lot of experience with national parks when I was a kid, but all my experience was through old View Master, those 3D viewers.  Through them I went to Yellowstone many times.  It was nice to see it … Continue reading

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Yellowstone – and natural clearcuts

Yellowstone is the oldest of the national parks, founded in 1872.  We drove in from the East Entrance.  The area was burned in 2003 and is just recovering now.  I guess it was a very hot and extensive fire. In … Continue reading

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Big Horn forest

On the way to Yellowstone, we went through the Big Horn National Forest. The mountains are interesting because of the great variety of biomes, among other reasons.  One side of a mountain might be arid and sparse while the other … Continue reading

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Historical attractions – buffalo jump & Indian wars

They found a sinkhole full of bison bones when they were building I-90 in Wyoming. They called in the archeologists and learned it was a “buffalo jump” where from around 1500 – 1800 native hunters drove buffalo off a cliff … Continue reading

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