In the ungrazed Flint Hills, Tall Bluestem, Switchgrass and Indian Grass grow to seven feet in height. Their presence is a sign of a healthy and recovering Native grassland. They suddenly bolt toward the sun in August to blossom. Taller than you can reach they turn from blue and greens to deep orange and rusts with bloody oxides of red and pale yellow ochres.
Cool Northern and wet Southern air masses will mix to form towers of liquid energy. They rise with heat, push against each other, rain down lightning and deliciously cold violent bursts of wind precede the rain and hail. If you get out of your box and walk through it before the storm you will hear and smell the sizzle of the grass.