Caddo Maples

November 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm (Autumn, Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildlife)

Caddo Maples, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Okla.

Caddo Maples, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Okla.

Walking through a forested canyon in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Okla., I felt like I was back in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park in Texas. Big Bend was the first park I worked at when the Great Recession ended my art business, and it changed my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Martha Songbird

November 18, 2016 at 5:00 am (Autumn, Birds - Oklahoma, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bugs, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography)

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There’s a pretty little nature park in the middle of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, named after the last passenger pigeon on earth. Martha died in 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoo. Her billions of other kin had been exterminated out of existence by greed and thoughtlessness.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Several decades ago, Fort Sill naturalists wanted to reclaim a part of the well-groomed military grounds for wildlife. They planted many native trees and shrubs, and let it go wild. Then they named it after Martha the passenger pigeon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leaf Studies

November 16, 2016 at 5:00 am (Autumn, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma) ()

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A stroll through the Martha Songbird Nature Park on Fort Sill a few days ago revealed many treasures, enough to fill several blog posts. This one is focusing on the leaves, fading in autumn glory.

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A sycamore (or is it a red maple?) leaf was pretty enough with the sun shining through it, but when a little hole caught the sun, it just became extra-special. Read the rest of this entry »

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Heart Rock and October Surprises

November 11, 2016 at 5:00 am (Autumn, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildflowers)

Heart Rock, Wichita Mts Wildlife Refuge OK

Heart Rock, Wichita Mts Wildlife Refuge OK

This is actually a pretty big rock. You have to view it from above to see it’s a heart. The bottom of the heart is about head-high when you’re next to it.

Wichita Mts Wildlife Refuge, mid-Oct, Okla.

Wichita Mts Wildlife Refuge, mid-Oct, Okla.

It’s easy to get to, but there’s no sign, and it requires a little bit of rock scrambling. But the grip on your shoes is good. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critters ‘n Flowers

November 9, 2016 at 5:00 am (Autumn, Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bugs, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wildflowers)

Mikey and his Doggles

Mikey and his Doggles

You never know what you’re gonna see when you get out of the car to stretch your legs. I was munching on an oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie when this little guy motored by at Queen Wilhemena State Park in Arkansas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oklahoma’s “Blue Ridge Parkway”

November 6, 2016 at 6:42 am (Autumn, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, )

Talimena Trail, Oklahoma

Talimena Trail, Oklahoma

Who’d a thunk it? Oklahoma has mountains! Not just the Wichitas, which are pretty darned lovely, but rolling forested mountains with endless views such as I’ve seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the Ouachita Mountains (Wash-a-taw or Wash-ee-tah). And the road to see them is the Talimena Trail, officially the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Read the rest of this entry »

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October Explodes With Color in the Wichitas

October 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm (Autumn, Birds - Oklahoma, Butterflies, National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildflowers)

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I didn’t realize the fall wildflowers in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge rivaled those of spring. There are patches of brilliant yellow Maximilian sunflowers that grow along a single stem like hollyhocks. And the purple liatris is everywhere amid the prairie grass and prairie broomweed. I’m not sure what species it is exactly (gayfeather something I think) but even the wildflower lady at the refuge has a bit of a time narrowing it down, so I’m not gonna worry about it.

Maximilian Sunflowers

Maximilian Sunflowers

I haven’t been able to do much blogging as my computer was in the hospital for a month. It’s got a new 1TB hard drive, and some other upgrades. So now I can get back to my photo editing! Read the rest of this entry »

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Autumn in California’s Eastern Sierras

October 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm (Autumn, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , , , , )

McGee Creek Canyon after the storm Oct. 18

McGee Creek Canyon after the storm Oct. 18

I’ve learned never to give up on photographing landscapes just because it’s raining. Especially in California, because it generally doesn’t rain all day. The season’s first snow and the moody clouds, combined with a touch of sun, created an image with much more character than the blue-sky postcard photograph I had planned on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spirit of the Cypress

December 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm (Autumn, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature) (, , , , , , )

A meditative water journey on a foggy morning, with inspirational nature quotes.

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Banks Lake NWR Part 4 – Small Gems

December 9, 2013 at 4:47 am (Autumn, Birds - Georgia, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography) (, , , , , )

Red maple and cypress

Red maple and cypress

The final installment of my recent Banks Lake paddle shows some color, and some small treasures.

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Poison Ivy is pretty in fall

Poison Ivy is pretty in fall

Muscadine (wild grape)

Muscadine (wild grape)

Phoebe next to cypress seed ball

Phoebe next to cypress seed ball

Great egret in fog

Great egret in fog

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Cypress leaves turn rust before they fall for the winter

Cypress leaves turn rust before they fall for the winter

Tickseed sunflower

Tickseed sunflower

Sweet gum leaves on water lily

Sweet gum leaves on water lily

To see another view of this trip, see Marilyn Kircus’ blog

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