Friday, March 19, 2010
Fire On The Flint Hills
Here in Kansas all the cattle ranchers burn off their prairie grass grazing for the cattle. In the Spring, this corner of Kansas is ablaze with orange tongues of fire and gray-black clouds of billowing smoke that can be seen for miles and miles. Last Spring, when it was time for us to burn off our prairie grass land, I took my camera and photographed this amazing sight. No mere photograph can capture the essence, sight and awesome reality of just being there to witness the experience and wonder of it all. After the process of burning off the grazing, all we ranchers pray for rain. In what seems like overnight after the burn and after the rain, the beauty that emerges from the ashes, is a God-wrought miracle that only being here can comprehend. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth that God has created! The Kansas prairie is a virtual canvas of every hue of green that the mind can imagine- from subtle emerald to a gorgeous vibrant lime. The beautiful and abundant wildflowers are as vivid and diverse as the pages of a botanical encyclopedia! The crowning glory is to witness the multitudes of Black Angus cow-calf pairs out there grazing on the most nutrient-rich and sought-after prairie grass on the face of the earth! Every time I see the beautiful green Flint Hills and the cattle on them, it reminds me of the verse in Psalm 50:10 that says , "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills..." What an awesome God we serve! Enjoy!