Skywatch Friday – Oxley Nature Center through a LensBall

Logan at Oxley Wicket

Last weekend, son Logan and I ventured to Tulsa’s Oxley Nature Center to get a little outside time.


I also took along my LensBall, a bigger than a baseball sized glass sphere. It’s heavy and it is kind of cool. I am still learning what to do with it.


Logan was a good sport while I fiddled with all the gidgets you fiddle with on a camera.


Some things worked and other things didn’t.

Deer at Oxley III

We came across two groups of deer. They stayed in the woods behind brush. Made it tough to focus and get the right brightness.

Deer at Oxley II

To me finding deer is always a treat. I have seen more deer at Oxley than the rest of the natural areas around town put together. Sometimes they hang out in the waterline rights of way and you can get good clear, well lit shots. Other times you just have to do the best you can.

Deer at Oxley I

And then you edit things to draw out what you can from the images that you take.

Running Deer at Oxley I

And then all the sudden a couple bolted out in front of us. This one, and


that one!! Of course I was not expecting them and got some pretty fuzzy shots because I had slowed the shutter down in order to deal with the light better.

Oxley Skywatch I

And I’ll close out with some blue sky since this is a Skywatch Friday post. Come join us!!

24 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Oxley Nature Center through a LensBall

  1. Klara S

    It looks like lens ball has its come back. People haven’t used it for some time . I think about buying one too.
    Pictures are cool.
    Thank you for hosting Skywatch Friday.

  2. A ShutterBug Explores

    Great sky shots and wonderful lens ball photos too ~ favorites are shots of the deer and Logan who seems to have grown much taller ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Jeanna

    I think you’ve got one of the best lens ball photos with the world turned upside down, cuz, yeah. And I like the excitement you bring to your Skywatch shot with the bit of camera shake, makes it dramatic, kind of how they shot The Shield.

  4. Alana

    Yogi, many of these photos displayed as stretched on my iPhone SE (not related to your ball) but I really enjoyed seeing the deer. I couldn’t manipulate the first picture, of your son. Guess I’ll have to wait until I can use my computer. Sounded like a fun outing.

  5. Sallie

    Nice woodsy wander! And nice to have a helper as you learn to use your new toy….er, important new camera equipment. (I kind of want one, but I have trouble enough with what I’ve got.)

  6. Angie

    I’ve seen a couple of other bloggers doing nifty things with a lensball – I guess it’s the newest gadget. Have fun experimenting!

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