Here, in the open range Flint Hills country of southern Chase County, intruders face off. I, the photographer, am in the domain of the open range cattle, who take an intense look at their visitor. But the cattle are standing on an official county road, Sharpes Creek Road east of Matfield Green. Open range is common in many parts of the Flint Hills, where ranches and pastures are big and county roads are lightly traveled. This standoff was brief. The cattle stepped aside; the photographer moved on.