Some of our birding group...From left to right Bob Kruger, Lindsborg; Doris Burnett, Manhattan; and Chuck Otte, Junction City, the Geary County Extension Agent and leader of the monthly bird walks.
Intake tower Milford Lake Dam
A scene in the pond area below the dam
Another view in the pond area
The dam is along the horizon
Great Blue Heron
Scene along the southeast side of the lake
Crystal clear lake water
Limestone cliffs along the lake shore
Cove and boat landing
Pleasant View School, District No. 3
One room school houses were once common in rural Kansas but most were closed by 1960.
Sumac adds color to a November day
Red-tailed Hawk in the top of a cedar tree
A few hedge apples remain on the Osage-orange Trees....also called Bois d'arc (meaning wood of the bow in French) or Bodark. The Osage-orange trees are native to Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. The trees were widely planted in Kansas in the 19th Century and used as hedge that served as a fence for cattle and other livestock. The Native Americans used the branches to make bows, the wood is used by farmers and ranchers as fence posts since it extremely strong and rot resistant.
Hedge apples on the ground
Seed pods on a Locust Tree
Eastern Red Cedar with seeds
Seed pods on a Golden-rain Tree planted in the State Park
Many roads had to be abandoned when the lake was built including this one.
Waves crash on a sand beach
Road leading down to the Weststar/Martin Wetland Area