Skywatch Friday – Spring 2019 Edition


Spring is here finally. Warm days, cool nights, periodic rains! Sign me up. Plus the daffodils are blooming. I went to Tulsa’s Woodward Park on Tuesday and they were blooming. It seems to have caught everybody by surprise.

I love my new lensball maybe too much.

The pickers were not out yet. The people who pick the flowers and tell me that “The flowers are for everybody, so its okay!” So I got them early. Next come the Tulips!!

I know, to others it should be called Turkey Mountain hill but I love it.

That’s Tulsa’s Turkey Mountain over there across the Arkansas River.


And here is a guard donkey out in western Oklahoma. Now pay attention, my wife’s cousin’s wife took the pic and texted it to me. I edited it and post it on instagram. Are we instagram friends yet? Why not, I am @yogiab. Connect! That’s what we do on the interwebs right. Do it now!! Guard donkeys are used to protect cow herds from predators such as coyotes.


On Sunday, I went for my first bike ride of the year on the RiverParks. I loved it!! I only went ten miles and it was great and brutal at the same time. I loved the sunshine but my butt was feeling the ten miles.


Something new was the electric powered scooters on the trails. My grumpy curmedgeonly self was like these need to be banned! They have no use on the sacred Riverparks trails and my other self really loved the smiles of joy of the riders as they cruised on by. So I am keeping an open mind.


And then the puzzling case of the strange person laying across the lanes of the bicycle lane while watching a rugby match (yes, rugby is a semi big thing in Tulsa). Hmmm. What’s up with that?

I love Turkey Mountain before the vegetation grows back, and the snakes. Oh btw, the snakes are already out, and the chiggers, and the ticks. Sorry

Monday night I went running on Turkey Mountain. It felt totally unnatural and I couldn’t figure it out and then it struck me. After I injured my knees back in 2017, they didn’t quit hurting until June of 2018. By then I was bicycling whenever I could. So it has been two years since I have been running regularly.


And I can tell it! My multifaceted program of bicycling, elliptical machines, workout classes, yoga classes and lots of walking are okay but nothing beats fitness and fun like running. I only did about 2.6 miles but I loved it.


Two years ago it was about trying to fit in an 8 mile run in such a small space without looping anything again. Now, its about keeping my eyes open and loving what I see.

2019-03-20 Medium Moon

A rare add to a post. Wednesday night I captured this image of the Equinox Supermoon, or Worm Moon, or my favorite, the Lenten Moon.

Well, I have overstayed my welcome, I am linking with Skywatch Friday

25 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Spring 2019 Edition

  1. Barb

    “its about keeping my eyes open and loving what I see.” I like this philosophy. I’m definitely curmudgeonly when it comes to motorized vehicles of any kind on the pedestrian/bike paths. They’re dangerous – electric bikes/scooters are (so far ) banned on the paths here. Is it true that donkeys protect against coyotes? That’s a new one for me. It sounds like you’re really doing multi-sport training right now. Good for you. I love the daffs!

  2. Gaelyn

    I am sad to flower pickers as then they are not there for all. Grow your own flowers or go to a florist. I didn’t know that donkeys help protect cattle but I do often see them together around here. I like the electric scooter idea. Does spring bring out the idiots, why lay across a trail. I think stopping running was good for you if it opened your eyes.

  3. Eileen Wise

    Hello, it would be nice if people left the flowers there for all to enjoy. They are pretty, love the lensball photo. Your moon image is beautiful. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend ahead.

  4. Peter B.

    I’ve never heard of a guard donkey. They would actually chase away predators? That’s wild! Love the lensball shot, and super supermoon capture!

  5. Unishta

    What a lovely capture of the moon that was ! I wish I could capture such a sight . I was late in capturing the full moon but did manage a somewhat satisfactory snap last night .
    The electric scooters sound like fun and convenient. At least you won’t get a sore butt !

  6. Unishta

    Loved your super moon . And also the spring blooms . As for the electric scooters – they’ll be better than a sore but 😉

  7. Nancy Chan

    Pretty daffodils and beautiful view of Turkey Mountain. Cute guard donkey. A guard donkey to protect the cows, this is new to me. The moon is beautiful. Looks like a gold moon to me.

  8. Joyful

    Enjoyed all your photos. I’ve never heard of a lens ball but I like what I see through yours. Your weather is looking very nice. We had beautiful weather here this week but it’s back to rain for a few days.

  9. Alana

    I never did get to see the Worm Moon, so appreciated your picture. Electric powered scooters? OH NO. Rollerblades (years ago now) almost took over our best walking trail where I live in upstate New York but we finally stopped seeing them. I am not looking forward to this trend! We still don’t have spring here – we are always late, alas! Please send it quickly.

  10. Lea's Menagerie

    Love the Daffodils! I like the way the walking trail is marked with direction arrows and separate lanes (but I don’t see a lane for laying down! ha!). Cute donkey!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. Amy Franks

    That lens ball was very appropriate by the look of it to use against the daffodils, it’s highlighted them well. No luck from us in getting any shots of the supermoon, cloudy here again. sigh.

  12. Sallie

    Happy Spring! Wishing you lots of daffodils and tulips and no snakes and ticks! Your lensball is so much fun! Is that really true about the donkeys? (Not that you’ve ever given me any reason to doubt you ).

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