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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Serene Scenery Sunday

Ha roo, pups and kit-cats! It's me, Zim, here with Serene Scenery Sunday! Today's pix come from a trip Mom and I took to The Top of the World last Saturday.

Before I get started, those lovely Basset Babes, Martha and Bailey, asked how we were able to post the bird photos so large yesterday. We uploaded through FlickR, then posted the code in from there, rather than loading through Blogger. We can even go larger, like we did on Wordless Wednesday, either through Blogger (uploading through Picasa) or FlickR. The ones yesterday were "medium" size. If that doesn't make sense, please shoot Mom an email at bagsbyKZK at gmail dot com.

Speaking of birds, yesterday I promised I'd show you pix of another bird. Are you ready? I saw this guy up at The Top of the World; he's a Western Meadowlark!

Meadowlark 1
The Western Meadowlark

He just happens to be our state bird! Maybe not this exact one... but the Western Meadowlark in general! This guy was very busy, singing away when Mom and I first got up there. He was looking all around -

Meadowlark 2
Hey! Can you hear me now?

- and someone was singing back, answering him. That seemed to please him and he got all fluffy - check this out:

Meadowlark 3
I'm FLUFFY! I'm very FLUFFY!

I wonder if I inspired him? Mom thought he was doing a mating call, trying to impress a girl Meadowlark (it was a Saturday evening... so she could have something there...) or that we were disturbing his domain and he wanted us out of there. Check out how fluffy he got:

Meadowlark 4

Pretty cool, don't you think? Anyway, we moved on, so we wouldn't disturb his date. Or nesting site. Or whatever. We did some exploring up there:

Zimmle Mawson, Explorer Pup
Zimmle Mawson, Explorer Pup
(Paws up to my bestest friend Huffle Mawson, Explorer Cat!)

...and had a great time. Hey, did you see the purple flowers in the photos of the Meadowlark? We found tons of them up there.


I think it's Purple Prairie Clover, but don't quote me on that.

And in case you're wondering...

Zim - stop and eat the flowers
Remember to stop and taste the flowers

They're just OK. Moving right along...


Oh, hey. Here are some more.

fence post

Mom really likes that photo. I really like the view I had when she took this next one:

Zim checks the Flint Hills
Simply stunning!

Can you tell what I'm looking at? The stunning contours of the Flint Hills. Check it out:

Flint HIlls at Sunset
The Flint Hills of Kansas!

Doesn't that make you feel serene? It sure does it for me!

Portrait of Zim
Ah! Kansas!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and feel a lovely sense of serenity now!

Play bows,


  1. woo are an inspiration. We feel very serene now having looked at those lovely pics. Really cool looking birdy.


  2. Hi Zim!
    What lovely photos for a super serene sunday! It looks like your walk was lots of fun! And that fluffy bird was neat!
    :) Tibby

  3. That was a beautiful photo-the one with the post in the Purple Prairie Clove-well done! Ahhh, Zim. I'm so serene, I think I may fall asleep. That meadowlark fella was really handsome!

  4. What a beautiful post with gorgeous pictures! We are feeling very serene!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. Those are beautiful Serene photos! The photo of the birdie, and the purple flowers with post are GREAT! You have the greatest walks Zimmie!


  6. Fur some reason Mom is hearing some whistling and Sweet Georgia Brown...

    Not sure why but I might just have to khall a fowl on her!


    PeeEssWoo: Hi Ammy! It was almost a slamdunk!

  7. So serene. I think I'll take a nap and dream of birdies singing.

    Princess Eva

  8. We just love your pictures - thanks for explaining how to do it. We have just changed our layout to allow for slightly larger but it would be cool to try out the larger ones.
    We feel sure we would like it at your Top of the World spot - very peaceful.
    The Basset Babes! xxx

  9. We feel so serene now Zim! We enjoyed seeing the sights from The Top of the World! The Meadowlark sure got fluffy. Maybe he was a she and was trying to impress you!

  10. I loved the post and had to say I agree the scenery is just beautiful.. I think it would be so lovely to stand looking at that.

    The birdy realy puffed up, he must have heard a lady bird shouting back.
    I loved the picture of you admiring the view.. Just stunning..

    Hugs GJ xx

  11. Great pictures. I loved the ones where he fluffed himself all up. :) My Mom's boss has a Macaw that does that too.


  12. You look adorable, Zim, smelling that pretty purple flower. And that meadowlark is so funny the way he fluffs up so full, but how does he stay on the straight up stick?

    woos, the OP Pack

  13. I am so very serene I may just have to take a nap!!

    You're Mom is an AWESOME picture taker!! Thanks for letting her take those pretty pictures!!


  14. Zim, you're such a gentleman, I don't know if I could have resisted chasing the birdie... oh but then again, I forget that you are the king of Zen and serenity. My momster says I need to learn from you!

    Wonderful scenery by the way, I'm so calm I'm nodding off... zZZzzz

  15. I loved the pictures and both me and Mom loved the birdy guy too. A meadowlark, all puffed up. He wanted you to be scared of him and go away. And you did!

    A nice walk with you guys!


  16. Feeling pawsitively zen.

    ~lickies, Ludo
    pee ess: I not really know what zen be, Pepe told me to say it, he said it a cat thing so you would know.

  17. I liked the fluffy bird. I get fluffy when I want tasty treats, so maybe the other bird was delivering pizza.


  18. Paws up to you, Zimmle Mawson! Great exploring photos!

    Huffle Mawson

  19. You sure that bird wasn't getting ready to play basketball? Hehe! Sorry, couldn't help myself. Such beautiful photos. We may have to take a road trip to the top of the world some day. Very serene.
    Love and hugs,

  20. Oh what a wonderful trip you had. We think that little birdie didn't like you in his domain as you said..
    Mom you got some awesome pictures. . You put us pups to sleep or it could be that we just had our dinner. Either way thanks for sharing...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  21. All those pictures are pawesome!
    Yes, I feel so serene now!
    Kisses and hugs

  22. Woo, that Western Meadowlark got almost as fluffy as Qannik is now. Wonder if he has some human following him around and plucking fluff? Trust Qannik, it is very annoying.

  23. Oh how absolutely lovely and meditative. I love bird-who-got-fluffed! How beautiful and I'm sure his song was very pretty! A truly serene walk - thank you for slowing down my breathing!
    Hugs xo

  24. What a cool place for a walk, and the bird was pretty cool too. thanks for sharing. =)

  25. Hey Zimmle Mawson, Explorer Sibe,
    You're a GReat travel guide. And here all this time we thought Kansas was just a rock band. We didn't know that they have a state nemd after them. Are there any ticks in the Kansas praries? Thre are ticks in the Virginia grasslands. We saw a couple today. That's right, we had a pair of sight of ticks.
    - TBH&K

  26. You know what I find most perplexing? How did that big ole meadowlark balance on top of that tiny plant?


  27. Looks like another fun day at the top of the world! Gorgeous bird and pictures and what a pretty day it was! Wow, you have seen lots of cool birdies lately! Your Mom must have had a great zoom lens or she was very stealth-like when she got that picture of the Swallow below! Very nice! :)


  28. Very beautiful! That is a very cool bird! :) And boy did he get fluffy!

    How did the flowers taste?


  29. We enjoyed your post very much. Such beautiful photos!!!:)

  30. Wow, what beautiful views and nice birdies too. You must be very happy on your always fun walks!! Thanks for sharing the pics!


  31. Woh.. I didn't know birds can get fluffy too. ;)

    ~ Bae

  32. Hey Zim!

    Aww... fluffy bird! They look so cute when they´re all puffed up.
    The pics are beautiful! That place must have been real pretty!

    Sniffs and kisses,
    Maya and Kena

  33. wow kansas is really pretty - all we got is big buildings in NY - okay maybe not only - but we dont have gorgeous rolling hills like you

    cool birdy - he was very handsome

    Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

  34. We did enjoy your serene post Zim, that bird is really beautiful.

    Holly & Zac...XX

  35. Mom sure needed that as its Monday and she had a long day at work!