Skywatch Friday – Road Trip to Osage County


Tuesday, I didn’t have anything going on and son, Logan, didn’t have school or work so we decided to head up to the little city of Pawhuska in Osage County about an hour northwest of Tulsa.


Martin Scorsese is filming “Killers of the Flower Moon” in Pawhuska. We were able to get some glimpses of the set. They have taken a big part of downtown and transformed it back to the early 20th century by putting dirt down on top of the asphalt and redoing the fronts of many buildings. The movie people have taken over the whole town with all their trailers and equipment. It is very interesting. The movie is being directed by Martin Scorsese and is starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

The movie is based on a non-fiction book that describes how Osage Indians were systematically murdered in the early twentieth century for their money. It was the first case that the newly created FBI worked on. It is a great read.

After checking out the movie guys and gals, Logan and I went to Pawhuska’s swinging bridge across bird creek. It is pretty bouncy but I felt safe on it. It bounces more than it swings.

And great photos of the sky over the muddy Bird Creek.

And then we decided to head out of town to check out Blue Stem Falls. I had to stop and get photos on the way. Osage County is beautiful.

But just short of our destination the road was overrun with water. Turn around, don’t drown is my motto. So we’ll check it out next time.

And I saw this sign. I asked Logan if he had news for me and his mother.

Price Tower

We went back to Tulsa via Bartlesville. Home of the Price Tower. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is the only high rise he designed that actually got built. The 19 floors are cantilevered from a central core which gave Wright the opportunity to use lots of glass on the exterior walls since they had no structural function. The structure now houses a hotel, restaurant, and an arts center. I think it is the coolest high rise in Oklahoma.

And Route 66 doesn’t go through Bartlesville but it is home to Phillips 66 who has this big 66 just waiting for me to use it in honor of me being 66 years old this year.

And then after some barbecue in Bartlesville we headed home. Still had big skies but the threatened rain didn’t happen.

And that evening we had a pretty cool sunset which I captured with my drone.

And so we had a pretty cool time. I’m linking to Skywatch Friday. Check it out. I’m also linking with Skyview!

25 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Road Trip to Osage County

  1. Peter B.

    Wow, some beautiful skies this week! Love the photo of the muddy creek and overcast sky. Seeing how they film a period piece movie sounds fascinating. I think you should offer to be a stand in! I have a birthday coming up and I’ve just put in my request for the book. Sounds like a great read!

  2. Ellen

    Very interesting about the movie set. I’m glad you didn’t drive through that water–I have the same motto as you. I love the swinging bridges. So nice that Logan hung out with you for the day.

  3. Barb

    You covered a lot of interesting territory! I especially like the 66 photo and the one of Logan crossing the bridge. I’m really liking the drone photos you’re taking. Maybe a drone should be on my wish list, but I’m not sure it would be good in our forested area.

  4. Nancy Chan

    Interesting to check out the movie filming set. That bouncy bridge will make my legs turn to jelly. A beautiful sunset to end the post.

  5. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    Greetings and Salutations! Oh my goodness, that drone shot is fantastic! Loving your sense of humor with highway 66 and your age. Keep on trucking! Memories being made with Logan. Movie and book sounds interesting.

  6. Alana

    Such an interesting post. I had forgotten how tall those big skies are out in your part of the country. Being originally from New York City, I’ve seen many high rises in my life but that Frank Lloyd Wright-designed tower has to be one of the best looking. So, did Logan have any secret news for you? That gave me my chuckle for the day.

  7. A ShutterBug Explores

    What a great toad trip ~ Favorite photo is Logan on the bridge ~ awesome sky shots too ~ Xo

    Happy Independence Day Weekend to you,

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. bill burke

    Wonderful shots of the skies. Cool that you got to visit the movie set and thank for the link about the book. It sounds good, I’ll have to find a copy. Have a nice 4th of July weekend.

  9. jeshie2

    The only ones who have drones are real estate people, but you do it for geo-coaching is my guess? Love your capture of your son on that loooong bridge. Great you could spend some time together:) The Price tower is attractive in looks! Always fun to see scenes of a movie (which we often did when living in Southern Calif. Have a great 4th of July! Jeshie2

  10. Angie

    Alan – how cool to see a movie set in action! I love all the cloud photos. We were blessed yesterday with a thunderstorm that delivered a half-inch of rain – that’s a lot for us at this time of year. It broke the heat wave – whew, so glad! And the lightning storm was spectacular, especially since it did not start any fires!
    Impressive Frank Lloyd Wright building! Happy Fourth of July to you and yours!

  11. Joyful

    What beautiful sky shots. How cool that you hot to see a new film in production. It sounds like an interesting movie and definitely one I’d love to see.

  12. Susie of Arabia

    What a wonderful outing with Logan. The Bates wedding sign must have made Logan nervous! So cool about the Osage movie by Scorcese – what fun. I really like the Price Tower – great design by Wright. Love the spectacular drone shot – wish I had one of those!

  13. klara

    how exciting!! the movie set. would love to see it. and what are the odds to come across wedding sign ;-). loved your post.

  14. Lisa

    What a wonderful trip! The movie set was an extra special thing, but the rest look just as wonderful. I have photos of me and my mom on a swinging bridge. I don’t think you’d find me on it now! Those signs were perfect finds!

  15. betty - NZ

    Looks like a good time! It’s always interesting when movie people are around, I’m sure! I did wonder how they transformed place to a past time.

  16. Heidi R.

    I love seeing people make a movie. I like your whole post! Unfortunately you don’t have a secure website (https) and I like that less.

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