Saturday, May 25, 2013

Spring Collage in the Red Hills

Spring collage in the Kansas Outback.  

An Ornate Box Turtle male, with the red eyes and red marks on the front legs, welcomes a Red Hills morning in company of Stemless Hymenoxis.

A Virginia Rail emerges from hiding in the bulrushes to pose for a patient photographer.  This little secretive bird makes one of the strangest calls of all birds.  Here's a youtube site to hear and see this unusual bird: 

Buckley's Penstamon and the Western Rat Snake are companions in the Red Hills.  They may be oblivious to each other but are fascinating elements of the incredible diversity of the Kansas Outback.

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