Armchair Skywatching

For whatever reasons I haven’t been out much since the first part of this month. Too cold, too rainy, blah blah blah. I’ve got lots of excuses. 

The above is a tree in my backyard. We are still waiting on a new fence. I’ve paid the guy a deposit now we just need it to stop raining.

owen park 1

This photo and the two following are of Tulsa’s Own Park just northwest of downtown Tulsa. I think it may be Tulsa’s oldest park. It has fallen by the wayside. The city keeps the grass mowed, picks up litter, and chases off vagrants and such but it has been abandoned to the neighborhood and they seem to love it.

owen park 2

It is such an old place and feels settled in. And over the years their have been lots of geocaches planted there so I was there in December hunting down a couple of new ones.

owen park 3

And I love the pond. It is home to quite a menagerie of waterfowl. I think many of them are escaped or released pets.

panhandle 1-studio

This is a re-edit (all the photos in the post are re-edits) of a shot I took during out trip in December to Colorado Springs. We drove through the Oklahoma panhandle. You can see forever out there. I found the big sky and lonely highway exhilarating.

Bales Park Tree

This is a tree on a hilltop at Tulsa’s Bales Park from a hike I took a year ago. (Another re-edit.) It was a dark, cold day and I had the place to myself. You cannot really tell from the photo but the hill in the background is the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. Between Bales Park and Turkey Mountain is a four lane limited access highway, US 75.

Turkey Mountain - mysteries

Speaking of Turkey Mountain this is re-edited photo of some sort of bicycle obstacle built there by volunteers. Back in the day, Turkey Mountain was pretty wild. The powers that be lightly administered it. They certainly didn’t build and maintain sustainable trails like they do now. So people, especially the bicyclists, would haul in lumber and build their own features. All over the place. Most of it was pretty rickety. It was wonder nobody died. At least I don’t think anybody died. If they did, I think the other bikers might have just dug a shallow hole, dragged the pour soul into it, covered them up, toasted him or her with a beer and kept on keeping on. Snitches get stitches is their motto.

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23 thoughts on “Armchair Skywatching

  1. A ShutterBug Explores

    Sometimes armchair watching can be great! Wonderful tree photos ~ so creative ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  2. Esme Slabbert

    Outstanding nature and tree shots. Wish we could go out in the parks again to walk, but alas, we will have to wait for the snow and rain to stop.
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  3. Alana

    Whatever you did to these photos, I’m loving the moody vibe. But am I losing my mind, or do I see some kind of writing in the background of the first photo, in the upper right hand corner in the space between the three trees? There are three lines of something that seems to be writing but the weird thing is it doesn’t seem to be English. If I am losing my mind please don’t tell me.

    1. Lisa

      Ha! I was going to say you are losing your mind, but I clicked on it, it opens in Flickr, and you can zoom. There are indeed words there!

  4. Pat

    Your photos look mysterious, Yogi — like vintage tin type! Interesting effect!

    Winter is a time to rest. It has been gloomy and cold the past two weeks the sun is shining here today and feels so good!

  5. Lisa

    Tulsa’s Own Park rock wall, gate, tunnel entrance made me think it was a cemetery. Very lovely entrance.
    I like that last photo with the lumber a lot too.

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