The Beauty of Kansas

The Beauty of Kansas

Dazzling green surrounds the gravel roads through the Flint Hills. My sister, Pam and I exit I-35 at Emporia (KS) and drive south through Olpe. Continuing west and south of Olpe, our three-day journey to Arkansas City begins with adventure. We travel to visit...
Absorbing Activity

Absorbing Activity

A trip to Minnesota with so many exciting moments means difficulty in  knowing what to do next. My five great grandchildren are (almost) front and center. All gathered at Ben and Tina’s house for dinner my first night here. Marcel and Phaedra’s family:...
May Migration

May Migration

Every year in May, I ask myself why am I inside a building. This is the month of bird migration and any self-respecting birder is outside with binoculars at the ready. This morning I finally sat in a Prairie Village backyard for over an hour and had my “warbler...
Surprise Neighbors

Surprise Neighbors

There is something magical about watching large birds glide through the air from tree to tree.  Yellow Crown Night-Herons are rare in this part of the country. So why are they in a midwest suburban neighborhood? They’re most likely found in coastal marshes, barrier...
Springtime at Claridge Court

Springtime at Claridge Court

Rodney and I spent many years together exclaiming every year, “Spring is my favorite time of the year.” Now I look out my apartment window at the glories of my fourth spring at Claridge Court and think once again how much he would love it here....
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday turned into a perfect day for a trip to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge…mild weather and partly cloudy with no wind. There are not as many  birds there now as there have  been earlier, but plenty of activity to keep us happy. Batches of snow geese, mute...