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Sunday Snapshot: On the banks of the Marais Des Cygnes

Wild chicory flowers along the right bank of the Marais Des Cygne River near the Main Street bridge.

Kansas is in a drought, and banks of the Marais Des Cygne River, a river that has swept through all of downtown Ottawa on more than one occasion, barely flows today at a depth of only 3.99 feet. The grass is brittle and dry, and small islands are poking through the slow currents of the river. Yet near the top of the levy, clusters of stunted chicory bloom, dotting the crunchy brown bank with patches of blue violet.