I put my trailcam out last night for the first time in a long time. I checked it this morning and we had a mystery cat snooping around at 1:30 in the morning.
I haven’t been able to go hiking in the woods for a while because of all the rain we’ve had so I have been walking around Lafortune Park here in Tulsa a lot. I followed this squirrel down the trail for a 25 yards or so and he finally climbed up this pole and was looking at me chattering and flagging his tail. It was like he was saying “What!!”
A few evenings ago I ventured out to Tulsa’s Woodward Park to check out the azaleas, tulips, and other plantings they have there. I decided to do something dumb that I do from to time. I pulled out my phone and fired up the Hipstamatic App and did some double exposures.
First I hold my hand up to the sky and snap the first shot and then point the camera at something floral and snap the second shot. The flowers fade out in the sun but come out in the dark shadow of the hand.
So I am sure that people were wondering what I was doing but you know, that’s their deal. You do you, people, and I’ll do me.
I went on an historical tour of Turkey Mountain yesterday and we came upon this old wagon wheel. I have seen it many times and photographed it a bunch. It was found submerged in an adjacent pond and was discovered when some people who were staging an adventure race on Turkey Mountain years ago did some practice swims in the pond and their legs hit the wheel. They got a tow truck out there and pulled this up.
They say it is part of a wagon used in the early day oilfield on Turkey Mountain. Way back when they actually put oil in barrels and hauled to the nearby refineries on wagons.
The tour guide said it was the most instagrammed wagon wheel in Tulsa. Looking in my archives I see that I have twenty six photos of it. It is very photogenic don’t you think?
The last football game of the season (big frowns).
Here is our little Lizzie on neighborhood watch with LJ down in the shadows below. They love to watch the goings on.
I went on a walk around our Lafortune Park the other day. Lots of good shadows there. I love playground shadows.
And winter tree shadows.
I found me some bleacher shadows at the baseball diamond.
A couple of friendly old guys (in other words about my age) came by on their bicycles. Don’t normally see bikes on the walking path but they were going very slow and not causing any problems.
Heather and I went to Philbrook Museum a week or so ago for an art respite. I think shadows are an integral part of some art.
And another work
This isn’t my photo, it’s an ipad jigsaw puzzle I did. I love the online puzzles. I don’t like real jigsaw puzzles. Such a mess and I have a real sensory issue with the paper backing. I can’t stand touching it. Plus the pieces scattered about are a mess. The online puzzles are cool. For rookies like me you can specify the orientation to be up and down which simplifies things greatly and when you make a fit, the screen has a small flash and a cool little clicking sound. And when you finish, the jigsaw lines go away and you get the photo. (Note, the copyright still belongs to the company, not me.)
And another puzzle I finished. I love the combination sea and landscapes with interesting buildings.
And speaking of not my photo, this is from my buddy Josh who is working this week in the Bakken Oil Field of North Dakota. He is always giving grief about how pensioners like me need to get back to work. I give him a hard time being so dang lazy.
Here is another photo from Josh from the inside of a natural gas processing plant. I find the plants to be very cool. In fact they chill the gas down to about minus 132 F to extract the ethane, propane, butane, and natural gasoline out of it. Oh well, I can tell you don’t care. I don’t blame you. I am way off topic, sorry.
I’m staying off topic for a bit, sorry. It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Heather makes a Turkey Chili. That is all the snack I want for the game. Our son loves it as well. Don’t tell him that Heather loads it up with all sorts of vegetables that just mix right in.
I eat the chili with Fritos scoops. Don’t get me the regular Fritos, more sensory issues from me.
And this will be my beverage of choice. It comes well recommended.
I hope everybody is having a good and safe weekend. I am linking this hot mess of a post with Magical Mystery Teachers Shadow Shot Sunday 2 meme and with Lady Fi’s Our World Tuesday. Come join in the fun!
Friday, I visited the Philbrook Art Museum in Tulsa. My MIL buys us a membership every year and I love that she does that. I don’t need any more stuff, a museum membership is a gift that keeps on giving. This trip I spent it all outside. I walked two miles in the gardens. Pretty good workout. And of course I took lots of photographs in my wanderings.
I came upon this sculpture. I like the shadow pattern on it.
I love these blue chairs. They are at the top of the hill and have a grand view of the grounds.
They even have swings now.
I actually swang a little (or maybe I swinged). Do you like the tan I got on my legs from ten days sitting on the beach recently? It had been raining just before I got there and I didn’t notice that the seat was yet so my rear end was soaked after this. Oh well, things dry right?
One of my favorite sculptures in the gardens is “Oklahoma Autumn” by Eric Baker. It was too early to catch leaves turning at Philbrook but I will be back.
I had the GPS on my watch turned on during my walking and here is my map. One hour to do two miles? Yep I was in major wibble wobbling mode. Do you know that they used to have a geocache on the grounds. Yes they did and I found it eleven years ago. Read about it.
I love faded out purple coneflowers. My wife doesn’t deadhead them any longer just for me.
And a double exposure of a bright red car and my back yard. Lots of shadows, here, there, and everywhere.
Our overgrown backyard. I like the wild look. Too hot to mow right now.
During our recent mini-trip to the Branson, MO area we tried to eat outside as much as possible since it is ground zero for the delta variant. We found this nice place.
We spent a lot of time at our cabin reading and talking on the deck. Lots of shadows there.
And some more cabin shadows.
And yet a few more!! It’s a cabin shadow extravaganza!! I took my drone but the electronic fence for it say no can do!! Restricted flight rules, I guess because we were close to a Corps of Engineers Lake.
And a shot at home when we got back. Apologies if I’ve already posted this. I have over 80,000 photos in my archives. I can hardly remember what I did yesterday let alone what photos I’ve posted and which Ihaven’t. Double apologies for being so crusty.
That’s all the shadows I got this week. I’m linking with the Magical Mystery Teacher’sShadow Shot Sunday 2. Go check it out.
The other day I went and dropped off the kid to start his shift at Lowes. I was all set to go back home and get ready for a stand up paddleboard yoga class I take every now and then but the weather was cool, sunny and nice, and the covid is raging here in little old 60% unvaccinated Oklahoma so I decided to go for a hike on Turkey Mountain rather than go inside.
So I took off. I took the blue trail on top of the mountain on the outbound, north route, and came back on the lower yellow trail which has great views of the Arkansas River and south Tulsa. It faces east and the sun was still pretty low and I thought…
Wow, there are lots of places to do yoga here. I was thinking in particular of sun salutations which is a good dynamic limbering up pose.
Put them rocks to use for something besides falling off of and tripping over.
This looked to me like a tree doing the tree pose on a rock.
You got two rocks here, for romantic yoga folks.
This is more my style. A rock I can just walk up on and something where I can reach out and steady myself. I do a lot of steadying myself when I do yoga. Of course many people don’t recognize what I do as yoga.
Here is a place for a whole family. An old oil pumpjack base. With my favorite directional sign. Just follow the arrows if you are lost. My advice is to not get lost.
Here is an abandoned oil well breaking out of the shadows on Turkey Mountain. The mountain was a pretty good sized oil field until the early 70’s when it played out. There are several wellheads that you can see along with miscellaneous cables, small pipelines, and equipment foundations. It’s considered to be part of the cultural heritage of the preserve.
Here is a shadow within a shadow on a trail on Turkey Mountain.
And here is a whole wall of shadows on a brick fence in Okmulgee. Oklahoma has a ton of red clay and from that there are red bricked building and structures everywhere!