Category Archives: Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday – Downtown Tulsa

New Hotel Downtown Skywatch-Edit Topaz Glow LiquifyII 51pct

We have a lot of buildings going up in downtown Tulsa. Hotels, shopping areas, all sorts of stuff. This building oddly enough is a stick built wood structure and only four floors. It is sitting next to the tan colored YMCA building which was recently converted to apartments.

I’m linking to Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday – Turkey Mountain -Tulsa’s Urban Wilderness

DSCN8015

A view of Turkey Mountain from across the River.

I spend a lot of time at the Turkey Mountain. It is called an Urban Wilderness with a big emphasis on “Urban.” It sits on the Arkansas River only a few miles from downtown. It has freeways on its north and west side and a major street on the south. On the east side tucked in at the river is a seldom used railroad spur line.

DSCN8020

That is downtown Tulsa in the distance. Along with a pipeline and a powerline to boot.

It has at least three pipelines running through it, two major liquids lines and a large diameter natural gas pipeline. There are two major power lines running.In addition there are remnants of oil wells and some abandoned flow lines and remnants of houses.

DSCN8021

The poop plant in the foreground and Instate I44 crossing the river.

On its northeast side it has a large sewage treatment plant. Sometimes the aroma wafts up on top of the mountain. Sometimes the parking lot is crowded and you have people with their fleece pajamas walking along the trails smoking, talking loudly on the cell phones on speaker mode.

DSCN1578

I love sunsets on the mountain. At this time of day the mountain is deserted.

But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have run and hiked hundreds of miles on its trails. The rude people never get more than a quarter mile down the trails and get bored and leave. For as much use as it gets there is not much litter. Thousands of people love the place and a while ago when an out of state developer proposed putting an outlet mall of all things on a privately owned portion of the park the community got together and said NO!! And then passed a measure to buy the tract from its owners. A couple of Tulsa companies provided the interim financing so the deal could close.

02_0

That is son on the left during a Fall hike years ago.

Even on its busiest days Turkey Mountain is big enough where you may see only a few people once you get a half mile down the trails. It gives people space and room to breathe.  And the people take care of it.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday

Resources

Urban Wilderness Coalition – A great group of people who led the successful struggle against the Outlet Mall. It looked hopeless at first but they stuck with it and persevered.

Turkey Mountain Web Site – Turkey Mountain is administered by the Tulsa RiverParks Authority. Lots of good info on what is going on.

Miles to go before I sleep…  Blog by Trail Zombie – A great guy who also lives on the mountain. Lots of posts about Turkey Mountain in particular and trail running in general.

 

Skywatch Friday – Sunrise, Sunset…

DSCN7876

Spring and daylight savings time is here and I am loving it. The air is warmer, a bit more humid, and it feels great. I love Fall and Winter but I am always ready for Spring.

DSCN7699

Plus I like the extra time after work to go run on Turkey Mountain or the River or other places. It is making that much harder to get my taxes done though. Anybody else a procrastinator?

I”m linking with Skywatch Friday.

Skywatch Friday – Ramada Sunset

Ramada Sunset-Edit Topazz Impressions Van Gogh I 25pct

My employer built a very nice plaza in front of the buiiding complete with tables and chairs and a big curving ramada. It makes for a very nice welcoming space to eat lunch outside when the whether is nice. A few weeks ago leaving after work the sky was pink and blue and the light was great and I tried to capture it all. I cheated and used Topaz Impressions, backed off about 75%, to give it kind of a impressionistic feel.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday.

Jailhouse Sky

DSCN7572

In downtown Tulsa the Jail is about a half mile or so north of the County Courthouse. So the Sheriff operates bus shuttles that seem to go on all day long between the two to transport the inmates to and from each place..  So I was walking around near the courthouse one day when one of the buses came by.

And then I’m thinking about stuff like how is all this coordinated? Do the inmates have to make reservations? Do the jailers have to go hunt these guys down? Does everybody ride together or do they segregate to keep you know the murderers away from the those desperate criminals facing stiff sentences for jaywalking? What happens if a bus breaks down.  Anyway, I can just think on these things for a long while.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday.

Skywatch Friday – Office Window

IMAG1863

A view from a window where I work. Every evening before going home I wander to the west side of the floor and see what is happening with the sky and every once in a while it is pretty cool. I took this with my phone and haven’t done a thing to it, not even cropping.  The next day we had the following:

IMAG1867

Sorry for the graininess. I like this because it captured the reflection of the sun in the river. It is kind of smoky here because of the range fires and lots of dust kicked up by the winds. We had a little rain last night but not enough.

Unfortunately…. only a few more sunsets from the office left as we spring forward this weekend. I love my job but I’m not sticking around just to look at sunsets. I’ll be catching them from the Arkansas River and Turkey Mountain on my running outings.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday 

 

Skywatch Friday – Silhouettes

DSCN7799

Skywatch, Modern Sculpture Silhouette from the east bank looking west

Those who follow me know that one of my joys is my weekly run after work on the Tulsa River Parks Trails along the Arkansas River. I run the trails almost regardless of the weather. Lightning  and Ice are the only reasons I have not run the trails. And this time of year by the time I get changed and dressed and then out to the river the sun is about to set.

DSCN7800

Tree Silhouette looking west

It was about five degrees cooler than I was planning on and there was a fairly stiff northern breeze that I hadn’t planned on either. I was a little under dressed with just shorts and a long sleeve t shirt but I put in three miles anyway. I started out into the wind so that when I turned around I was with the wind. Otherwise, even with the best technical gear you turn into a refrigerator.

DSCN7797

A little bit more open, still on east bank

So coming south on the west bank was great, I was very comfortable and was able to enjoy the run. If I had been dressed just a tad warmer I might have gone another mile or two.

DSCN7801

Sorry for the fuzzy shot, on the west bank looking back across the river. Downtown Tulsa is a couple miles past the river.

I injured myself a couple months ago and and been going through a self rehab of run walks, and massage and just trying to be patient and it worked out. Last Sunday I ran in a Quarter Marathon with some pretty good uphills and downhills and finished without any problems so this week on my weekly run I let myself run a lot more than usual. The thing about running is that running, even running as slow as I do, is a lot more fun than walking.

The thing about by new gym at the Methodist church downtown is that I can go change there and then drive down to the river and run my run and then drive back to the gym and shower and get clean clothes on rather than showing up at home all stinky, smelly, and hungry.

As you can tell, I am rather spoiled. I highly recommend being spoiled.

I am linking with Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday – A Family Walk at Oxley Nature Center

_DSC0228

Last Friday the family decided to go for walk at Tulsa’s Mary K. Oxley Nature Center. One of the best kept secrets in Tulsa. Acres and acres of trails, woods, marsh, lakes, and meadows and hardly anybody ever visits it.

_DSC0226

Well somebody had been visiting. We saw a few of these in the park but they didn’t look like they had been used.

_DSC0233

I love the big and small ponds, lakes, and streams on the property.

_DSC0243

It looked like some beavers had been hard at work.

_DSC0238

A sign needs either replacing or fetched.

_DSC0240

A nice surprise were some pelicans. They were cruising about. The geese seemed a little put off their visitors.

_DSC0246

Heather taking in the view near the photo blind.

_DSC0253

Yep, I’m a lucky guy is what I think.

_DSC0256

Heather and our gentle giant of a son, Logan checking out some storm damage from last year.

And here is our route. About 3 miles and a good mix of woods, open land, and water. We saw nobody else during our three miles.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday this week.

Skywatch Friday – Spring is Coming

IMG_2019

We had a penumbral lunar eclipse last week. I have to tell you, I didn’t see much of anything. I’m not much of an astronomer. Sorry. I did get a photo of the moon against a dark blue sky though.

_DSC0191

Saturday, the weather was way warm. Son and I went for a hike. We saw several people hanging out on what is normally the Arkansas River bottom. In some cases it is almost like pavement except there are some major cracks big enough to get your foot caught. Bad news if the water is coming up is what I think. A few years ago the river was down even lower and I was able to walk to within thirty feet of the opposite bank.

20170213-204842-1

During our walk I snapped this pic as we were heading back across a bridge. It is a little different view of downtown. I put it up on Instagram I confess, using a filter that I use quite a lot. I reuse photos all the time across social media. My personal experience is that trying to leverage one media to get more viewers on another is self defeating. When I’m on Instagram, that is where I stay for instance. I never “check the bio for a link.” What about you?

And that is about it for this week.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday