FIELDS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY. Glacial till leaves behind fertile soil. Jan Nitcher.
ATCHINSON STATE FISHING LAKE. Oak-hickory woodlands provide fall color with native silver maples (Acer saccharinum) turning gold near lake edges and stream banks. Mike Blair, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
BUTTERFLY MILKWEED (Asclepias tuberosa). Early summer's bright orange blooms attract butterflies and other insects. Barbara Brackman.
DELAWARE RIVER AND LECOMPTON ON THE KANSAS ( KAW ) RIVER. The Delaware, named for an eastern tribe of Lenape people who were relocated here, drains a glaciated region north of the Kaw. John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey.
WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus). Once hunted to low numbers, these native deer are now abundant, well-adapted to living on the edges of farm and town. Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
SIOUX QUARTZITE BOULDER. Receding glaciers 700,000 years ago left pink and red boulders far south of their source. Barbara Brackman.