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30 Photos Of Kansas That Will Make You Want To Move There

There really is no place like home, when it’s Kansas. Just wait until you see number four.

Ian Douglass

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1. Welcome to the Wheat State!

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user JamesWatkins

2. Or the Sunflower State, if you prefer. There are plenty of those too.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

3. As the first rays of the sun illuminate the beauty of Kansas

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Roy Montgomery

4. …you’ll find yourself captivated…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

5. … no matter where you view it from.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

6. When the sun is full in the sky…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

7. … all the colors of Kansas dance before your eyes…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Garett Gabriel

8. … and provide you with a matchless contrast of hues.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user kansasphoto

9. Even without the sun, the Sunflower State is no less beautiful…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

10. … even in some of its spookiest places…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Garett Gabriel

11. … and especially along the water.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

Crystal Lake, Garnett

12. And it’s still stunning when everything has been given an icy glaze…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user ercwttmn

Hoarfrost Hays

13. … or has been completely frosted over.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

14. If you’re new to Kansas, you definitely need to check out the endless fields…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

Arvonia

15. … although it would be a crime to disturb them when they look like this.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user kansasphoto

16. The residents will be happy to give you a tour of the place…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

17. … although they can be a little “in your face” at times.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user fabfiver5

18. But it’s a good idea to hang out with them…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user davedehetre

19. … since they know where to find all of the coolest stuff.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

Teter Rock

20. And they’ll let you get up close to the wheat.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user bmcguirk

21. Super close.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Debbie_Long

22. And if you’re really nice to some of the more colorful locals…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user kansasphoto

23. … you may even be treated to a tour of the skies.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user kansasphoto

24. And what an amazing sky it is…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

25. … even as a storm approaches.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

Kansas University

26. And when the tour draws to a close…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user David Reber’s Hammer Photography

27. … and the sun sets…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

28. … and the evening draws nigh…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

29. … you’ll realize that to not be in Kansas anymore…

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

30. … is a depressing thought indeed.

Photos of Kansas

Source: Flickr user Kansas Poetry (Patrick)
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posted on: May 21, 2014
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34 Comments

  1. josh

    The photos are impressive. To bad that state is graced with a bunch of right wing idiotic zealots who have no respect for civil liberties.

  2. Rodney Burr

    Awesome pics Patrick. Where was #19 taken?

  3. Sherry Renner (Clifton)

    I grew up in Wichita and Neodesha ( Southeast of Wichita). These photos are very beautiful! I just laugh when someone says ” Kansas!! All they have there are miles of nothing!!” I guess these photos would prove them wrong!! I always feel like I am HOME when I cross the borderline from Nebraska!! The air is just different!! Thank you for posting these beautiful photos of my HOME!!!!!

  4. Michael

    Maybe if we didn’t have 7+ day periods of winds over 30mph… I was raised here and will be leaving soon. Not to say I won’t visit, but it’s not where I want to build a life. Don’t let a Photoshop filter pull one over on you either.

  5. Amanda

    I’ve unfortunately lived away from home (Pomona,KS) for 7 years, & all I’ve wanted to do is move back, these pictures made me cry. I currently in Hawaii, HAWAII… and I miss the beauty of Kansas every day.

  6. Gayle

    Lovely views, but too much HDR.

  7. Patrick Emerson

    Rodney Birr, #19 is taken at Teter Rock by Cassoday in the Flint Hills. It’s a rough ride to the summit, but a great place to visit!

  8. Kevin

    Impressive captures – though I would prefer them without HDR and tone mapping. To me, HDR makes an otherwise nice photograph look like a Thomas Kinkade picture…

  9. Angela

    Where is #6 taken and what is it? Kansas certainly is beautiful…..lived my entire life here!

  10. Kurt

    Kansas is nice but I wouldnt want to live there and neither does my wife who’s from KS.

  11. Dr. George Karr, Retired

    2. Or the Sunflower State, if you prefer. There are plenty of those too.
    These look to me like commercially grown sunflowers. In Crawford County, KS, we had several sunflower plants back in the 1940’s but they were much smaller in diameter and had several flowers per stalk. What has changed ? ??

  12. Robert Benson

    Beautiful set of photos .

  13. marcie

    There is nothing political about these pictures. It is typical of a left-wing radical to make a comment such as Josh did. Poor thing!

  14. Virginia Engel Slusher

    Iwish you had shown the prettiest part of KU, The camponile and the hill where the graduates walk down to receive their diplomas.

  15. Steve Spencer

    Poor ole Josh here has to be a democrat. No rational citizen could possibly have his misguided and deranged ideas about human rights, except a democrat. SE Kansas is where I achieved both of my degrees, and made the best friends of my life. Sadly several of them have become perverted into Josh’s form of mental deviancy, that the current crop of democrats espouse. The good part is that with age comes wisdom, so there may be a ray of hope for Josh. However, don’t hold your breath waiting for that, it took Reagan many years to overcome this affliction. Ofluffy and the Clintons are fully lost to America, oh well, just keep the throttle on, it will settle down under power. Josh, What are your views on the Taliban?

  16. Steve Spencer

    Dr. Karr – GMO maybe.

  17. Tess

    Perhaps Josh, we should not let anyone on or receiving any kind of assistance be allowed to vote? I myself really like the idea. Although I was once on assistance I am no longer, and now that I am not I can tell you that my civil liberties are being abused by those on assistance (LONG TERM/PERPETUAL) and others who’ve the same ignorant view point as yourself. Amazingly enough I still qualify for assistance, and I am a State employee (NOT State of Kansas). I grew up in Kansas and used to be of the similar small mindedness with which you are afflicted, fortunately mine was not terminal; hopefully yours will not be either.

  18. John

    Nice Shots… But, let’s try to make images of nature without High Dynamic Range post-processing, shall we? In case you have not noticed, the world rarely glows on its own.

  19. Luetta

    There are hills in eastern Kansas; I missed seeing any pictures of those. Kansas is not completely flat.

  20. gwen Brooks

    These pictures are just beautiful. I was born in Missouri, but I came to Kansas when I was about 2 mo. old and I have lived here since. I love Kansas.

  21. Judie & MIke

    The photos are lovely, HOWEVER, I love the lack of humidity, ice, snow, tornadoes and wind. I’ll keep AZ with year round flowers, beautiful mountain views, no chiggers, mosquitoes, toradoes etc. etc. But I do love Kansas. You definately can NOT find nicer people. AND I DO LOVE MY JAYHAWKS!!!!

  22. Patrick Emerson

    If you Google “Patrick Emerson” photographer, you can find my Flickr site and my Zenfolio web site. I live in Lawrence, so there’s plenty of photos of the Campanille!

  23. Patrick Emerson

    Angie, #6 is from Oberlin, Kansas in the Northwest corner. It’s a community which owns its own carnival equipment. My apologize for the “sizzle” effect created by the Movoto people on my portion of the images….

  24. AnnaMae Rome

    I was born and raised in kansas. In 2007, my family and I moved to California. We will be moving back to kansas before Sept of 2015. I can’t wait to be back in the “flat lands” of kansas, away from the ocean and the mountains and the smog and the unfriendliness.

  25. Larry

    I lived in Kansas, garden City to be exact from 1951 thru 1979. Those were hard but good days back in the 50’s when living far out of town on a ranch. I’ve lived in Cal., Wyoming and now Arizona but what i had in Kansas is never forgotten. If i were younger i’d seriously think about moving back there. Your right about the wind, it seems to blow from one direction one day and another direction the next. However, it’s truly a great state. Go Jayhawks and Wildcats!

  26. roy carroll

    I grew up in Fredonia I want to move so bad.it was home till uncle sam said come with me . and I haven’t made it back yet. but I think of it every bay.

  27. Ann Fitzmorris

    Fredonia would welcome you back. Hope you still have family here.

  28. Aurelio Nunez

    My wife and I have been to a lot of states in the good USA. No place like KANSAS. But not to say we that we have a beautiful country.

  29. jim mccurry

    Born & raised in Kansas. Great memories, but, like Nebraska better. Less intense heat and twisters. Enjoy Husker
    Football and miss Jayhawk Basketball. We made a choice to bloom where we are planted. Mid West is hard to beat, regardless of where you are.

  30. Lynette Balch

    Yes, I would buy your calendar! Born and raised in Kansas. Even though I haven’t lived there for 35 years it will always be home. Beautiful photos.

  31. Shirley Pfeifer

    What is “HDR?”

  32. Patrick Emerson

    Well, the number of images of mine taken from Flickr is now 16 instead of 15 from the previous edition. Shirley, HDR is “High Dynamic Range.” You take 3-5 images at varying exposure and put them together to get an increased range from darkest to lightest. The original images are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kansasphoto/

    Once again I would like to mention that the saturation and contrast are enormously changed by the movoto people. Why O Why?

  33. Gay Adams

    I live in Fredonia,KS. Haven’t lived anywhere but KS. Yea we may freeze in the winter and fry in the summer, but wouldn’t live anywhere else. :)

  34. Marilyn Z

    Gee whiz, Josh, who put a knot in your panties? The people of Kansas are the salt of the earth and I am wondering where you come up with them having no respect for civil liberties. Totally uncalled for remark.

    Now if you want your civil liberaties disrespected, try Calif. I grew up there and got out as soon as I could. Plus, did you know, there are people out there who are now trying to tell us we can’t use the word THUG, among others. Who would have thought the word police would be out in such force?

    Josh aside…the pictures are glorious and whoever took those photos have an amazing eye for beauty. Thank you to the photographer(s).

 

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