May in the Wichitas

May 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Butterflies, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildflowers) (, , )

Lake Quanah Parker, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Lake Quanah Parker, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

I see some of my Maine friends posting their spring photographs and I smile to myself. Spring comes very, very late in Maine. We’ve had Spring for three months here in southwest Oklahoma.

Threadleaf Thelesperma is the predominant field flower now.

Threadleaf Thelesperma is the predominant field flower now.

The rains have kept the prairie flowers coming, with some old ones going to seed now, and a few new ones coming in.

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This beauty is one I need to look up.

Lark sparrow

Lark sparrow

In March it was a chorus of meadowlarks. Now they are more silent and the lark sparrows and dickcissels are the most notable, with their symphonies punctuated by the sharp whistle of the bobwhite.

Dickcissel male

Dickcissel male

I call the dickcissel the meadowlark’s “mini-me.”

Meadowlark with bracelets

Meadowlark with bracelets

This meadowlark is part of a study by the University of Oklahoma. I wrote about it in my MeadowLarking column for the Fort Sill Tribune. It’s on page 9.

http://www.swoknews.com/26-may-2016

Eastern bluebird male

Eastern bluebird male

Oklahoma is the crossroads where eastern and western species of flora and fauna meet.

Black-capped vireo male

Black-capped vireo male

The black-capped vireo is an endangered species and I heard five of them singing the other day in different parts of the refuge!

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Canada geese are quite common, however.

View from the south

View from the south

Eastern collared lizard

Eastern collared lizard

Dayflower

Dayflower

Bailey's barrel cactus

Bailey’s barrel cactus

Blooming sedum forms a heart

Blooming sedum forms a heart

Echinacea

Echinacea

Indian blanket, the Oklahoma state flower

Indian blanket, the Oklahoma state flower

Prickly pear and Quanah Parker Lake

Prickly pear and Quanah Parker Lake

Feather in the grass

Feather in the grass

Checkered skipper male

Checkered skipper male

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2 Comments

  1. Robert said,

    Wonderful images. Very well done.

    Keep em coming,

    Rob Olson

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Robert said,

    Cindy:

    Great shots. Why? They are simple, great color And tell a story. You are enjoying your travels and Your latest pictures say so.

    Best to you,

    Rob Olson

    Now make the B&W and hand color them!

    Sent from my iPhone

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