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Friday, May 9, 2014

FSO- theme landscape-Knobs of Kentucky

Local Landscape
Knobs of Kentucky

I live in central Kentucky in a low lying horse breeding and farming land, lakes, caves and limestone which is the reason Nelson County Ky. is called the Bourbon Capital of the World.
 Limestone in the land and water is why bourbon is bourbon.
Also called the Bluegrass State,
bluegrass is defined in the article below.

Our granddaughter's land with knobs of Bernheim Forest seen in the background.
We are surrounded by hills called Knobs,
 hills covered with trees.

There are mountains in Eastern Kentucky but no mountains around our county since it is directly in the low lying area of the Ohio River.

Our daughter's and family property featuring the rolling hills done by her construction husband.

Long distance views of the Knobs of Ky.

From my back deck.

Much of our landscape will include photos of these buildings which dot the land all around.
Till houses, they are called, used by the distilleries to store and age bourbon.
Typical but not too pretty.

A little info about the limestone content of our county.

Karst is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone, dolomite and gypsum. It is characterized by sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage systems,

A karst landscape most commonly develops on limestone but can develop on several types of rocks, such as dolomite, gypsum, and salt. The karst terrains of Kentucky are mostly on limestone and formed over hundreds of thousands of years. As water moves underground, from hilltops toward a stream through tiny fractures in the limestone bedrock, the rock is slowly dissolved away by weak acids found naturally in rain and soil water.

The limestone water is why Kentucky is the home of the best bourbon in the world.

Harris Horse Farm with knobs in the background. A piece of property like this will have many natural lakes from drainage from the knobs.

PS. my favorite bourbon is
Maker's Mark
just a few miles from me now owned by a 
Japanese co.
What in the heck is going on here? 

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Additional info about Kentucky if you care to read.
If anything, Kentucky's landscape is 40,000 square miles of variety. There are lakes, caves and waterfalls; flat fields, thick forests and wetlands; shorelines, stone arches and sinkholes.
Kentucky has five major regions, and the geology and geography of each tells how the state was built from the ground up.
The Eastern Coal Field, dominated by the Appalachian Mountains, contains all or part of 35 of the state's 120 counties. Daniel Boone National Forest, covering 708,000 acres, is in 21 of those counties. Lilley Cornett Woods, a state-owned forest of about 550 acres in Letcher County, is the only remaining stand of virgin timber in Kentucky. Coal is found throughout the region, but level land is scarce.
Today, tourists are drawn to the area's scenic sites, which include Cumberland Falls, between Whitley and McCreary counties; Natural Bridge, a ridge-top arch in Powell County; and Cumberland Gap, in Bell County, which allowed early settlers passage through the mountains.
The Bluegrass is known for its rolling landscape, board fences and Thoroughbred horses. The region's limestone weathered down to form the fertile soil, which attracted the state's first settlers. The state's richest agricultural land is here, so it is no surprise that Woodford and Fayette counties rank highest in livestock receipts.
That's in large part due to the horse industry, which owes everything to the calcium and phosphorous in the soil that gives racehorses the strong skeletal framework to push themselves out of the starting gates and on to the finish lines.
The exposed limestone and dolomite also form the Palisades, the high rock cliffs cut by the Kentucky River.
The Bluegrass region takes its name from poa pratensis, a variety of grass. "It's not really blue — it's green just like all grasses," said Gregg C. Munshaw of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. "However, in the spring the flower is a purplish-blue color, and if a field is covered up in Kentucky bluegrass flowers, it can sort of look blue."
The Pennyroyal region (which takes its name from the pennyroyal plant, a member of the mint family) extends from the Cumberland plateau in the east to the Tennessee River in the west, and north from Tennessee to the Ohio River. It might be best characterized by the karst landscape that has sinkholes, caves, springs and disappearing streams. Premier among the karst features is the more than 400-mile-long Mammoth Cave system, the longest in the world. The region is home to Lake Cumberland in southern Kentucky, and Land Between the Lakes, a national recreation area between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley marking its 50th anniversary this year.
The Western Coal Field is surrounded by the Pennyroyal region. Owensboro and Henderson are Ohio River ports, while Madisonville sits within the region's southern tier of coal-producing counties. The coal from the region is generally higher in sulfur and ash content than the coal mined in Eastern Kentucky. The region also is home to the Green River, a biodiversity hotspot with 150 species of fish and 70 species of freshwater mussels.
The Jackson Purchase consists of the eight counties in far Western Kentucky. It is named for Gen. Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and later a U.S. president. It is made up of the Kentucky portion of lands that Jackson, as general, purchased from the Chickasaw Indians in October1818.

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Vee said...

Very interesting! I don't know if you'll appreciate this little joke, but a few days ago, the family and I to include grands and kids, were discussing the problems that so many states were having. My grandson said that Kentucky was not having any troubles and I said, "Oh yes they are. Every state has problems and they've got blue grass." Well the adults all laughed, but the kids were perplexed. I know this, the grands' grandfather used to travel to Kentucky for business and he thought it was a beautiful state. The grands have some Kentucky cousins, too. Now I want to sample some Kentucky bourbon. Ha!

marilyn said...

A great post ! Love the miles of green.

Ruth Kelly said...

I had never heard of a knob before except knob hill from somewhere in the past. It sounds like a very interesting place to live. Deep down, I have always wanted to visit Kentucky because of the beautiful photos and horses.

Pauline said...

Lovely landscapes, Peggy. How come I've never seen the view from your back deck before? It's a great view! Thanks for all the info about your home town, too.