If I had to choose one thing that I love most about the beautiful state of Kansas, it would have to be the colorful and rolling Flint Hills. But how exactly did they get their name? Previously known as the Blue Stem Hills, the Flint Hills were renamed because of their abundance of flint (eroded from bedrock) hiding beneath the visible tallgrass prairie. While this area is nothing short of unique and gorgeous, it also has an eerie side to it, as shown by these photos captured by Kansas photographer
1. "Takes a train to cry."
"A deserted railroad building found while lost with a friend."
2. "Desolation Row"
"A strange site found on a lonesome dirt road...."
3. "Railroad Red and Blue"
"The building is making a gesture from the upper story warning me not to geotag this location!"
5. "A view to a hill"
"The perfect place for a soiree when in the Flint Hills. The seating is limited... Very Limited!"
6. "Pool of Mnemosyne"
"May the muses speak through me..."
7. "The Old Mill"
"There is not much left in the village of Cedar Point. No stores, a few deserted houses and an abandoned school. It is a great place to visit to view the historic old mill."
8. "The West"
"The saga of the West was nothing like the "western" movies. The reality was far more complex.
At places, you can still find the relics of those times..."
9. "Diamond Springs"
"A view of the historic stage coach stop at Diamond Springs, Kansas."
10. "Neosho Falls High"
"Working on the Fashion Monster Benefit video has kept me in the Halloween mood. Here's a vision of the long deserted Art Deco high school. I believe now that somebody is restoring this structure!"
11. "The Burning"
"The middle of Kansas contains a vast grassland which is known for the annual burning to create new grass for the grazing of animals. The area is known as the "Flint Hills" and the burning time in May is always popular with photographers... It is very fun to see, but also very smokey!"
"In the Kansas Flint Hills, the passage of the years at Neosho Falls is marked by changes in the graffiti...."
"In the heart of the Flint Hills sits an abandoned school. The blackboard still waits to share a bit of wisdom I think."
14. "Hope Rural Fire Department"
15. "Fire House"
"Another view from the burning of the grass on the Kansas Flint Hills. This family burns up the dry tinder all the way up to their house!"
16. "Night Fears"
"During the range burning of the Flint Hills, there are many moments that are a bit scary when night falls..."
17. "Natural Lighting"
"The Art Deco high school of Neosho Falls has long been abandoned. Once the site of Presidential visits over a century ago, now only a handful of residents remain. There remains one business - a bar."