( Part I )
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Our excursion into the Kansas Flint Hills on a weekday, with the intention of capturing some signs of Spring
got side-tracked into photographing several old buildings and homestead areas. While it's Spring, it's slower appearing in Wabaunsee County, West of Topeka, KS, as it's still comparably dry and cooler.
The first two pictures (top) were the same area we bogged down in the mud and snow, back in December
(See Blanket of Snow - Part I) and had spent ninety minutes rocking, rolling and digging out our Jeep.
Not having been to the same area since that time soon revealed the ruts and where we got off the
roadways edge. And we came upon a dead coyote, probably on his last run of Winter, fleeing
from hunters. So for the benefit of those (like me) that have never seen a coyote close up, here it is -
fang-like sharp teeth and all.
During the Summer and Fall, many of these old buildings are not visible from the roadway. This particular
location was Northwest of K-4 Highway and East of Snokomo Road in Wabaunsee County. That's the best
it can be described until I travel back out there and make some notes. The first photo is what I initially
observed while photographing another house. And at this time I have no history or background information
on the age or early occupants - the buildings are from the 1800's.
What is fascinating about these stone houses is the architecture in that period of time and the labor of
love that must have gone into the work and construction. Above are interior pictures of the cellar area
and the round-stone ceiling, all of this for the most part, below ground level and beneath the
All photographs © 2000 by Don Palmer