A Little Fall Color

November 1, 2016 at 5:00 am (Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, )

Country sunset, Wilburton, Oklahoma

Country sunset, Wilburton, Oklahoma

It’s been a very warm autumn here in Oklahoma. So warm that the leaves either haven’t turned yet, or just aren’t gonna. I took a short trip to eastern Oklahoma which reaches toward the Ozarks, joining a photog friend and his daughter Alicia.

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We met up at Robbers Cave State Park just north of Wilburton. It was just before sunset so I didn’t explore too far. The rocks and pine trees did keep me busy though.

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I also decided to experiment with some HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photoshopping, to give a little surreal twist to the images.

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Patterns always intrigue me, and the lichens and pine needles collected in rock crevices were fair game.

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I’ve seen this type of rock formation in many parts of the country: Washington state, Big Bend National Park, Seminole Canyon, Texas among others. I wish I knew the explanation for this pitted, almost honeycombed weathering.

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The bark pattern on this pine was stunning. I wish I knew what species of pine it is.

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I didn’t hike up to the cave. I meant to do so the following day, but we had too much fun elsewhere and I had to drive back home. It was a four-hour trip and I didn’t want to drive in the dark.

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As you can see, there wasn’t much color in the leaves that had fallen.

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We found a couple of trees in the mountains the following day that had better color. Stay tuned for the next blog on Okie Fall Colors.

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This rock shed was captivating enough in the alpenglow of the sun’s last rays, but the Hereford cow made it more special.

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Across the street was a tree I’ll now call Alicia’s Tree because I found out she goes bonkers over trees like that.

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I’m rather fond of them myself. So much character in their gnarly limbs, like an old granny.

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Often the best sunset color is 10 to 20 minutes after the sun has actually set. Nighty night ya’ll.

 

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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