Thursday, May 13, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 13 May 2021 Edition

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Here in Oklahoma the weather is grand. I went on a bike ride in Osage County on a rail to trail route and it was wonderful. The weather was cool and sunny. It was just me, the trail, lots of birds, squirrels, old oil wells and cattle. It doesn't get much better than that.
I am hoping that everybody gets outside and enjoys the weather this week.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 6 May 2021 Edition

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Here in Mid-America the temperatures are still a little low and we have had lots of rain. So much so that even though we activated our sprinkler system at the house we haven't had to water the yard yet. We get this cycle of rain followed by intense sunshine and it looks as though the grass is just throwing itself up into the air. And then the mosquitoes come out. You let the grass go without mowing too long and you'll need to hire a hay mower to come out and harvest a crop of hay. I have to tell you that I earned money during high school and college by yard work, mowing and gardening. I kind of halfway enjoy mowing but I had my fill of gardening and get no pleasure from it. I do like the results though. I know lots of people do though and I salute them!!.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Skywatch Friday - Get your Kicks on Route 66 Edition

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It's late April and the weather is warm and so it is time to put on your shorts and tshirts and get out and do things and see the sights. At least for us here in the northern hemisphere. You folks down south it's time to get your cold weather gear ready. But no matter what you are doing take your camera along!! Here in Tulsa, I am spending a lot of time relooking at the Route 66 sights as it passes through town. Route 66 nostalgia seems to be greater than ever. Above is a new neon sign park with replicas of signs from motels that no longer exist. People are looking back for a simpler time.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 22 April 2021 Edition

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April in Oklahoma can be nice or it can be cold. This week it has been both. Sunday afternoon though, when I took this photo, it was perfect. Warm, sunny, just a little bit of a breeze. It was kind of perfect. I hope you are having a perfect week no matter where you are.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

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I hope that everybody is having a great week. Last week my wife and I ventured down to southwestern Oklahoma to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. We were treated to dark skies at night, one night we tracked the International Space Station as it flew by. We saw some great skies also. Above was a view from our cabin. It was really nice to get away for a little bit. We had the refuge to ourselves as we hiked and drove around looking at the Bision and Longhorn Cattle that call the place home.

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate everybody's participation and support. I hope you all have a great week.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 8 April 2021 Edition

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I am really enjoying Spring here in Oklahoma. The temperatures are milder, the trees and shrubs are greening up, The tulips are going crazy. As much as I enjoy the other seasons the rebirth seen in the Spring is my favorite.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Skywatch Friday - April Fools Edition

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Happy April Fools Day everybody. I don't have an April Fools prank to play on everybody. Spring is here though and things are warming up (for he most part except for our friends in the southern hemisphere.) I love all the seasons but the only downside to Spring is allergies and mowing grass.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 25 March 2021 Edition

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It's been raining, and then the winds come and dry everything out and we have grass fires, then it rains again. Yep, it is springtime in Oklahoma. Until we get some green grass we'll have the cycles. And it is strangely cool. Things are all messed up.

I hope everybody is having a great week.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Skywatch Friday 18 March 2020 Edition

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Welcome to another week of Skywatch Friday. Here in the USA we had two events that made us bleery eyed this week. Daylight Savings Time started early Sunday morning and Saint Patrick's Day was yesterday. I hope everybody survived those things. I am still not used to the change in time. I do all my Saint Patrick's Day celebrating at home these days. And there is another thing in US, it is Spring Break time. I drove to western Oklahoma and picked up son yesterday from college. That sky above is from that trip. It turned kind of stormy later on but hey we made it.

And as an aside, now the kid is here and he has a Zoom class coming up. Which is taking in his pajamas and is hair is all over the place. I got grumped at when I said something, hah. Kids haven't changed much over the years.

Thanks for participating and I hope everybody has a great week!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 11 March 2021 Edition

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We are getting deeper into early Spring here in Oklahoma. We have nice, sunny, warm days, then some rain, then hot dry winds where it gets so dry that grass fires start. In fact, the family of Oklahoma's most famous blogger, Ree Drummond, of the Pioneer Woman blog, has a tragedy recently. Her husband and nephew had a head on collision driving fire trucks battling a grass fire on their ranch. Her husband refused treatment but the nephew is in a hospital with severe injuries. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Be safe everybody!! Thank you for participating.


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Skywatch Friday - Spring is Coming Edition

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Cattle Ranch in Western Oklahoma, Photo by my wife's cousin


Welcome to another week of Skywatch Friday. Here in Oklahoma, Spring is hinting at coming. Temperatures in the 70's, big blue skies. I'm enjoying it while I can because March can break your heart. In like a Lion, out like a Lamb is what March so we'll have some cold weather, but I will enjoy today!!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Skywatch Friday: 25 February 2021 Edition

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Welcome to another week of Skywatch Friday. The weather pulled a big whipsaw on us the past week. We went from a minus 13F low last Tuesday to a plus 70 somethjing for the high that past Tuesday. Sorry but my body cannot keep up!! Hey at least the skies are blue!!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Skywatch Friday - Snowy Edition

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It seems like the whole world has changed in the last week here in the USA. We had a huge cold spell and snow storm. We had rotating blackouts in Oklahoma because the utility companies were staggering under the demand. Texas was really suffering as they have no interconnects with other states and their whole power system collapsed down around their ears. The culprit was the loss of natural gas due to freezing conditions. Hopefully they will climb out of the hole they are in be better prepared next time.

This whole time I had a couple friends who were vacationing in the Florida Keys area and they were posting on facebook about the nice weather.  Who needs friends like that I ask you!! All in fun!

I hope Blogger behaves itself this week. I received queries from people who were having problems. Skywatch Friday is my only exposure to Blogger as I left it for Wordpress years ago. I wasn't much help to people and I feel sorry about that.


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 11 February 2021 Edition

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It's been cold, overcast and freezing across much of the USA lately. Here's a shot from nine years ago in Swan Valley, Idaho of a sudden thunderstorm than came roaring over the mountains, doused everybody, and moved on. I hope everybody is staying warm, except you folks in the southern Hemisphere, keep that sunscreen applied!!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 4 February 2021 Edition

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Another week of Skywatch Friday. Exciting times, I read posts from our friends in Australia and they are dying from the heat and in northern Europe they are finally getting some snow. The thing is, this time of year in the US, the days are getting longer and I'm feeling the pull of Springtime but March is a cruel month. In Oklahoma they say March is "In like a lion, out like a lamb." The first part is generally cold and it softens up considerably by the end. In the meantime lets enjoy February.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 28 January 2021 Edition

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Here we are, the last Skywatch of January 2021. What a month it has been!! I won't miss it though; I am glad to be moving on. Spring is going to be here before we know it.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 21 January 2021 Edition

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Welcome to a new edition of Skywatch Friday. Big news for us here in the USA, and I guess elsewhere. We have a new President and of course that will make about half the people glad and the other half mad but we bloggers we will just keep clicking away and posting great photos of the sky.

And is it just me or has blogger reverted to the look and feel of the old blogger? I stay confused half the time around here. It still insists that I live on the west coast of Australia, which I wouldn't mind too much this month.




Thursday, January 14, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 14 January 2021 Edition

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Welcome to another edition of Skywatch Friday. Lots going on in the USA right now that is affecting the entire world so we need all the sky photos we can muster to keep the anxiety down. Thank you for participating!!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Skywatch Friday - 7 January 2021 Edition

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Welcome to the first Skywatch of 2021!! Boy howdy, yesterday was quite the day in Washington, DC and that is all I am going to say about that. I wonder if any of our Washington area bloggers got any good sky shots that day? THe photo above was taken by a family member at their ranch in western Oklahoma. THey used to have a windmill to fill the stock tank but now they have a solar powered pump. I think it's pretty cool. Nobody left that knows how to maintain a windmill.