Skywatch Friday – Flying Over the River

I felt like flying the other day so I took my drone to the west side of the Aransas River and flew a little bit. The video above looks like kind of hurried but when I was making it, thought I was going very slow. Part of the learning process.


And I took a photo of the running and bicycle trails.


A view on the east side of the river looking upstream to the northwest.


And then almost a 180 turn, looking toward downtown Tulsa.


And here’s the pilot, a retired slacker. You can tell by the untucked shirt.

Reconciliation Tower
Tulsa’s Reconciliation Park at its opening years ago.

And of course Tulsa, like lots of other communities across the country, and the world, had protests over the George Floyd murder. They are not only of course protesting the murder but protesting how people of color are treated by the police in general. I didn’t attend any of the protests which by all accounts lively and peaceful. The events were marred by vandalism and looting by a small number of people generally after dark.

The protests came at a poignant time for Tulsa. May 31 was the 99th Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre where a white mob descended on the black area called Greenwood north of downtown and burned it to the ground. Several dozen people were documented killed and suspicion lingers that there were far more. The Tulsa History Center has a web site dedicated to the event. Nobody was ever charged with any of the crimes and there was never any reparations. The survivors just had to suck it up and survive. Here is a link to a post I wrote on the subject.

It’s a scar that still affects life in Tulsa today. Of course many people think we should ignore it but personally I think it needs to see the full light of day, otherwise we will not have learned anything.

20 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Flying Over the River

  1. Eileen


    That was a fun video, flying fast. Love the views of the river and the memorial. I am all for peaceful protests, just not the looting and destruction. Great photos, nice to see you included. Thanks for hosting Skywatch! Have a great day and happy weekend ahead.

  2. Peter B.

    I saw a drone fly over our neighborhood a few days ago and I thought of you. It was flying very fast. I didn’t know they could fly so fast, and it appears to have a big range. I enjoyed the video!

  3. Carol

    it must be interesting flying a drone and gathering photos – your sad historical event is just another dark reminder of man’s ability to hurt others

  4. tomthebackroadstraveller

    …empty and lovely, the norm these days. Thanks for hosting and take care!

  5. Ellen

    I think that old guy is enjoying retirement and becoming a darn good drone pilot. I love how green it is there.

    Colorado Springs enacted a curfew yesterday. Protests everywhere.

  6. Joyful

    Sad times in Tulsa and in the world today. I hope we can all learn some lessons but it seems there will always be those that love bigotry and hatred more. I try to avoid those kind. Your skies look like mine have looked for weeks here with lots of grey and rain. Have a great weekend.

  7. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    Untucked shirt, flying drone that is what retirement should be about. Lucky ducky! It is a two way street when it comes to racial injustices. Intention of the world: Be kind to one another.

  8. Alana

    History I did not know, considering that for four years I lived only about an hour and a half from Tulsa. I’m glad to see you are enjoying your retirement so far. We sure picked an interesting time (I retired in April, but am continuing to work part time for now) to retire in.

  9. A ShutterBug Explores

    Wow! Yogi ~ doing great for a ‘slacker’ ~ Video is awesome and lovely photos too ~
    Hope that this George Floyd murder will change the country and the world for the better ~ but then ‘will we ever learn?’ ~ Wishing you a Happy Weekend ^_^

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Angie

    Alan – I don’t think an untucked shirt means retired slacker – it’s the way shirts are worn these days! You could have a new career as a model!

    I hope we are learning something from the protests. You know what they say about insanity – doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result? Let’s take it to the ballot box in November!

  11. Amy Franks

    Yes it’s sad that people had to loot, it’s the business owners I feel sorry for. It seems this has swept the whole world and rightfully so for people to protest about it. I saw video footage of the elderly man who was pushed over and was happy to read some retribution had been taken. Sad our world hasn’t learned about racism over the years.

  12. Gaelyn

    Sadly, my signal here is too weak to watch video but I do like the stills taken from your high perspective. I didn’t know that about the shirttail.

    A sad occasion for Tulsa, and currently the entire country.

  13. Driller's Place

    I have to admit, I’m getting drone fever. It looks like such a fun extension of photography.
    Unfortunately, as someone has said, the one thing that we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history. It seems like every decade or two we have to revisit the conversation of race and there are protests that morph into confrontations and end in riots where innocent bystanders are the victims, as small business merchants see their business burned to the ground. I just hate what is happening to this great nation.
    On the other hand, I am thrilled that you have joined the ranks of the retired. You’re gonna love it. Have a blessed week.

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