August Skies in Oklahoma

I have a mish-mash this week. Many of the photos are from my Go Pro Clone so the quality is not that great. I set it to take a photo every ten seconds during my bike rides so I get hundreds of photos and keep only a few per ride.


I went riding on the Arkansas River Trails her in Tulsa. They have this huge flag at 61st street and I love it when the breeze makes it fly full. That happens a lot here in Oklahoma. Are you familiar with the musical Oklahoma! you may remember:

“where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain. And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet. When the wind comes right behind the rain.”

The wind blows here all the time, rain or no rain, wheat or no wheat.


School is starting and so not very many people on the trails except old retired guys and moms with their babies.


I always feel like I am in a cage going across this bridge. If I see somebody coming I stop and let them come across. After my head on bike collision last year, I know the unthinkable can happen.


Went past one of the two Holly Frontier refineries here in Tulsa. I’m a chemical engineer by training and so I love the TST’s and LRO’s. (Tall Shiny Things and Large Round Objects). So you are now a chemical engineer also!!

Hey, here is a decent photo. I went on another trail south of Tulsa the other day. Only about 10 miles round trip but that is a decent length for me.

The same trail went across a revamped pedestrian bridge. It was so cool and up to date. I read that “Love Locks” are a pain for many places but here they have designed a couple Love Lock stations. I love responsive stuff like that.

They had seating and covered areas and built in musical instruments for kids. I thought the whole thing was marvelous.

Later I went to Mad Dog Liquors in east Tulsa. In addition to being a liquor store it is a graffiti permission zone. The liquor store part of it seems to be closed (again) but that doesn’t stop the taggers. I love this work. If you look closely you can see it has a pipeline motif. I am trained as a chemical engineer but I spent a bunch of my career designing, building, operating, and doing commercial things with natural gas pipelines. You know what they say, “Nothing finer than a pipeliner.” Actually only pipeliners say that. That doesn’t mean its not true though, right?

And so time to end this mish mash mess. I’m linking it up with Skywatch Friday

23 thoughts on “August Skies in Oklahoma

  1. tomthebackroadstraveller

    …wind blowing all the time would drive me crazy. I love the mural and the “locks of love.” Thanks for hosting.

  2. Ellen M Polyard

    Tulsa really seems to provide its citizens with lots of outdoor options as well as art. That bridge is amazing and the murals you’re always posting are beautiful and unique. Good for you keeping so active in retirement.

  3. sallie rainville

    Of course there’s nothing finer (now that I have learned all the qualifying vocabulary, I can certainly agree!). That part was so fun. And the pedestrian bridge with the great outdoor art is really neat. No old retired “gals” on those bike trails? I don’t ride but I see enough of those on our trails to make me feel guilty that I don’t.

  4. A ShutterBug Explores

    Hi Yogi ~ first photos look very yellow ~ but second set have an amazing blue sky ~ Makes sense to text on that bridge too ~ no more collisions wanted ~ Great photos ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. Angie

    Love the mish-mash, Alan! I don’t mind wind, except when there are wildfires. Then, wind is not good! What a terrific idea to provide a specific place for couples to put love locks!

  6. MaryBeth

    Interesting post and as you say ‘a mish mash’.
    I could live without a constant wind—we don’t have that here.
    My brother was a chemical engineer too. He loved his work and was a perfectionist but a good brother to me.

  7. Alana

    I love the musical trail and the mural. I knew about that south wind from living in Wichita, Kansas when my husband was stationed there (Air Force). We got there in February, with all the trees bare, and wondered why they all leaned to one side. We soon found out! That wind sure didn’t cool you off when it was over 100 degrees.

  8. Amy Franks

    I would feel the same being surrounded by the metal in the cage but I like the seating, I”m guessing it’s part of the modernism I see these days.

  9. Emille (Jesh)

    This looks an unusual long post for you. That bridge DOES look like a cage (lol) I don’t think I could call myself a chemical engineer, haha – I would utterly fail at that job:) A great post Allan. Have a great weekend. Emille (Jesh)

  10. DrillerAA

    I have never completely understood the love lock thing, but whatever floats their boat. The mural at the liquor store is world class. Have a blessed week Yogi.

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