Category Archives: Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday – Arkansas River Views

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Since daylight savings time I am bicycling along the Arkansas River Trails here in Tulsa so I get to see lots of sunsets and other views of the river.

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I love the old Railroad Bridge converted to a cool pedestrian bridge. It is blocked off and is going to be replaced soon.

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How romantic is this, a golden sunset at the tank farm of one of our local refineries. Ah, the sweet smell of sour crude.

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The redbuds have lost their blooms by now but hey, I am showing you a photo anyway.

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And some purplish tones from another sunset.

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Skywatch Friday – Springtime Skies

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Wow, we had some storms Tuesday night and tornadoes all over green country. We were fine and everybody I know is fine but one unfortunate person died when their car got swept off a freeway interchange. The car was found a mile with the person’s body in it. Please don’t drive into high water folks, especially if it is moving quickly.

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We are used to rain here. Tulsa gets an average of 43 inches per year and things dry out quickly. I found out in my research that the US average is 39 inches so we are not as drenched as I thought we were.

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A final shot from my office window. I love the clouds. That is the Arkansas River off in the distance toward the left center of the photo.

I hope everybody is having a great and safe week!

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Skywatch Friday – My New Lensball

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One of my favorite bloggers, Hootin-Anni, from south Texas posted recently about her Lensball, a sphere of optical quality glass that you use to take photographs of the refracted image.

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So, being the copycat that I am I had to go one of my own and I am still experimenting with it and checking out instagram feeds and such. One thing I have learned is that if you are not careful in full sun you might get burned as it is somewhat of a light magnifier.

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Also, the image comes out upside down so you you have to turn the photo upside down sometimes. So far I like it. It does require a little more manipulation in that you have both hands occupied so I have used it with my Nikon point and and shoot rather than my “good” camera.

So anyway, I guess that I’ll keep it.

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Skywatch Friday – Yule Edition

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We had a full moon just before Christmas. Usually known as the Cold Moon. I found a new name that I like, “Moon Before Yule.” It was bright, silvery, and beautiful here in Oklahoma.

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Also just before Christmas we had dinner with some friends and then went to Tulsa’s superb Gathering Place to check out the Christmas lights. We missed the lights but just walking through the place is great. Aboveis the Williams Lodge. 

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I’m continuing my geocaching trying to get to 2000 before year end 2019. I am finding myself in very out of the way places like the remote cemetery above where my only company was a few deer. We had a standoff for literally a minute or two with them and standing motionless until, I was like, okay you win and waved my arms and off they ran.

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My brother drove over from Tennessee for Christmas and we are having a good visit and sharing Christmas with him. Its always nice to have family and consider ourselves blessed that we can be together. 

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!

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Skywatch Friday – Autumn Skies

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I love Autumn, what can I say. I took this photo at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa.  I love this kind of stuff. 

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I was at Gilcrease to see their latest exhibition “Albert Bierstadt – Witness to a Changing West.” If you are a fan of western art then you need to come see this show. The above painting is my favorite of the show, “The Buffalo Trail.” 

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And this was a backdrop showing the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska. So a rare selfie for you. Not that I did you a favor did I.

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I feel bad so this is a photograph of the Tallgrass Prairie that I took myself years ago.

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And with the resumption of standard time, I am starting to take photos of the sky from the office building where I work. I’ve taken lots and lots of pics from here looking off to the northwest. That is the Arkansas River in the distance. Sorry for all the reflections.

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Autumn Skywatch

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The family loaded up earlier this week and traveled to western Oklahoma. 

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We went to Clinton, Oklahoma. I went over and took this photo early in the morning of their Route 66 Museum. 

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Later, I took this photo of this tree in our hotel parking lot. I love Fall Color.

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We were in Clinton for the funeral of a family member. He was one of those great guys in life. Not flashy or one to call attention to himself but very nice, very smart, and a great guy. He was married almost sixty years and raised a great family. He was also a John Deere mechanic for about the same amount of time. They said he bled green. 

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His employer, the local John Deere dealer parked these two huge tractors in front of the church in his honor. I had never seen anything like that before!!

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Back in Tulsa, I found this giant cottonwood tree in a tiny little park in East Tulsa. 

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Fall can even make parking lots look better.

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Close by I came across this church called “God’s Church.” I love the confidence in the name. I checked out their web site and they seem to be a vital and active part of the community ministering to their members and the community. What more can you ask of a church?

I think this is my blog post 3001 more or less. I’ve been doing this blogging thing for over ten years now and I really do appreciate the support I’ve got for my humble little slice of the interwebs. 

That’s about it for this week. I’m linking with Skywatch Friday.

Skywatch Friday – A Walk in the Park

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This past weekend son Logan and I decided to take a walk around Tulsa’s Lafortune Park. Lafortune Park has a big playground, picnic areas, tennis courts, a high school, baseball parks, and two golf courses with a walking path about 3 miles long winding around it all. 

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I didn’t bring my camera, just my cell phone. Luckily there were some pretty decent skies.

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Part of the trail was a little muddy. In the 26 years we have lived in Tulsa I bet that I have either walked or run around Lafortune hundreds of times. 

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I love pedestrian bridges. Logan is now 20, when he was about 3 he liked to go hide under this bridge and pretend he was a troll. The kid used to drive me crazy!! Perfectly good playground 100 feet away. Oh well. 

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There he is. He lags a little behind but it works out because I take pictures and study on things and eventually he catches up to me.

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Skywatch Friday – Tulsa’s Boston Avenue Church

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In a city of Art Deco masterpieces, the Boston Avenue Church is among the best. It was built in the 1920’s and is still just beautiful. It is even more beautiful on the inside and the church is very accommodating to those who want to tour the building.

And of course since it is a 15 story building that stands tall by itself it almost always makes for a decent Skywatch Friday photo.

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Skywatch Friday – Closing out September

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This month we had the Harvest Moon. I love full moons. I take photos of all I can and apply all sorts of filters and editing to them. I hope that doesn’t bother you.

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I went for a walk last week and caught a sunset and as a bonus I got lots of long narrow tree trunk shadows.

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This is the Powerline Trail on Turkey Mountain, here in Tulsa. It’s the fast route from the north end of the wilderness park to the parking lots on the south end. It’s not the easiest though, you go straight up and down a couple of big hills. But is hard to get lost on it.

Various sights around Tulsa this week.

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Skywatch Friday – Life on the River

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From the end of my bike ride earlier this week. I love a little color in the sky.

The Arkansas River runs through the middle of Tulsa from North to South. We are lucky because a huge part of the River is a public park of one sort or another for miles and miles. So we have lots of bike trails, many on both sides of the river. I have either run or rode my bike or walked every inch of them. I have  never got tired of them.

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The 21st street bridge from far away.

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And up close. 

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The ONEOK Boathouse in the background with Peggy’s Pond. 

Tulsa’s brand new park A Gathering Place for Tulsa is right on the river. Check the link. The home page is basically a flyover of everything and you can see how intimately the park is integrated with the River.

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I love the ripples in the pond. See the tall grass across the way. Most of the park is planted in native prairie grasses so no mowing, a lot less water, and fertilizer, so less money spent on maintenance, less chemicals on the land and the river, better habitat for bugs and birds. Win-win-win. Sustainability to most Okies is how to maintain high flows from  older fracked wells. 

It has been open about 10 days and I have been there five days. That’s ratio that I would like to keep up. Looking at the video I mentioned above I saw about four or five things that I hadn’t seen yet.

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One of these days, maybe when it gets cold, and it isn’t so crowded I am going to come over here and climb the towers and do some exploring. I may forego the slide though. I think my outside diameter is greater than its inside diameter. That would be a problem.

It’s a great place to take photographs. There are all sorts of things, and angles, and reflections, and interesting structures to make photographs. So I hope you don’t get tired of it. You see I’m still pretty excited about the Gathering Place.

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