Thursday, July 11, 2024

Skywatch Friday - Wyoming Statehood Day Edition

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I missed by a day, Wyoming became a state on July 10, 1890. I think it is fitting. Wyoming with all its mountains and prairies, forests, and lakes sure has lots of opportunities for Skywatch photos. The photo above is from 2019 at Taggert Lake in the Grand Teton National Park. That was the last time I was there. I would sure like to return. The contributors to Skywatch are from all over the world and I would like to visit those places as well.

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Skywatch Friday - USA Independence Day 2024 Edition

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So July 4 is a special day in the USA. It's Independence Day where we celebrate our Declaration of Independence back in 1776. I love Independence Day and all it stands for. I am all for any nation that breaks the bonds of imperialism and starts out on their own.

We have a lot of drama going on in the USA but we'll get through it. One way or another.

In the meantime we'll take the day off and go see some fireworks. Wednesday night a Tulsa suburb is having a drone show Wednesday night so maybe my SWF post will have some of that. I have never seen one and I expect it will be very cool. Plus storms are predicted for Thursday night so the July 4th fireworks shows may not happen.

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 27 June 2024 Edition

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Sorry for the blurry image. One of these strange looking skies we get in Oklahoma when it is best to have a shelter handy in case you need it. This one is from ten years ago so I guess I survived.




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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 20 June 2024 Edition

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Work being done on Tulsa's Riveparks Trails, June 2014



Summer is in full swing in Tulsa, Oklahoma right now. It is hot and humid!! The yard is not getting mowed. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe not. Morning is a good time to get your outside stuff done. The evenings do not work well as the humid air holds the heat deep into the night. If you have allergies then you are doubly out of luck. Pollen is sky high as well. Not to worry though, it will start cooling off in mid September, maybe.


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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Skwyatch Friday - 13 June 2024 Edition

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Welcome to another edition of Skywatch Friday. This is a shot from Orange Beach, Alabama where we often go on our family vacation. We are going somewhere else this year. Don't know where yet but maybe in the desert southwest or the mountains or something like that. Just for a change. I took a couple trips last year one to Arizona and one to New Mexico and it hit me that I really miss the southwest. I grew up as a forest ranger's son in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The Gulf Coast is great but I feel the need to see the west. Stay tuned to see where we go.

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 6 June 2024 Edition

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Summer's here, maybe not officially but effectively. School's out, lets go somewhere. We did that ten years ago when we went to the Beach for our vacation in June. Sometimes we go early, sometimes we go late. We are going to try and figure out something else for vacation this year. You have any suggestions?

It turns out I tagged this photo with "beach squalor." Not far from the truth. No editing done to save this masterpiece.

Also, in setting the linky up for the next SWF I notice that I closed it a day early in the linky. Sorry for the inconvenience! I feel bad about it.

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 30 May 2024 Edition

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A skywwatching graffiti shot, complete with powerlines. Tulsa has a "permission zone" for graffiti at a local liquor store that seems to be open for a while and then closed for a long while and then open again. The graffiti artists just keep doing their thing regardless of what the store does. The power lines are always there. Skywatchin in the suburbs, well you just have to accept the lines in the air.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 23 May 2024 Edition

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The skies in northeast Oklahoma from May 2014.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 16 May 2024 Edition

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Another week, another Skywtach Friday. Unlike some years we have had lots of weather this month and last here in Oklahoma including a few deadly ones including an F4 tornado that struck nearby Barnsdall, Oklahoma early this month. I have friends here in Tulsa who had relatives in Morris, Oklahoma which suferred a tornado last month, thankfully despite lots of property damage there were no fatalities.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 9 May 2024 Editionj

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My son, Logan riding a horse from back in the day at a stable north of Tulsa.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 2 May 2024 Edition

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A view out my office window from ten years ago before I retired. My window looked west toward the Arkansas River and over the years I took lots and lots of photos out of it especially during the non-daily savings time months. Now, I use a drone flying straight up out of my backyard to get the photos from an elevation. We have just finished a wild and wooly several days in Oklahoma starting last Saturday when we had twenty five tornadoes scattered from one end of the state to the other. Last night we had another round of storms move through although I don't think we had any tornadoes. Springtime in Oklahoma is wild, wooly, and wet sometimes.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 25 April 2024 Edition

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Last week I posted about a trip to Woolaroc. This is a photo of a trip our family took nine years ago. (I used a filter on it.) It's a timeless place.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 18 April 2024 Edition

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Sunrise in April, twelve years ago. I have no rembrance of what I was doing up so early. It is totally unlike me.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 11 April 2024 Edition

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A view from my bike cam a few years ago during a ride one evening on the Katy Trail west of downtown Tulsa after work. The Katy Trail is a former railroad right of way converted for pedestrian and bicycle use.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 4 April 2024 Edition

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Photo from a few years ago during one of my walks in Tulsa in April. April is such a hopeful month. It's generally warm but not hot so it is time to get out and walk a little bit. Everything is fresh and green and baseball starts. What more can one ask for in a month.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 28 March 2023 Edition

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I can't tell you how many hours and miles I have spent on Tulsa's Turkey Mountain over the years. I never get tired of it. Before I retired, I used to run and hike their after work at least once a week in all kinds of weather. I never get tired of it. This photo is from ten years ago when I captued a sunset after work.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 21 March 2024 Edition

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It's officially Spring in the northern hemisphere and we are warming up nicely in northeast Oklahoma.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 14 March 2024 Edition

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A view of a sculpture at a place called "Top of the Rock" near Branson, Missouri. Taken while on a spring break trip a few years ago.

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 7 March 2024 Edition

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Late in the evening a few years ago on an after work run on the trails along the Arkansas River.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 2024 Leap Day Edition

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Hey it's Leap Day today. I read that people born on February 29 are called Leaplings and regard themselves as being special. Of course they are! I think everybody is special. Are you a leapling? Do you know anybody who is? I can't say that I do. Anyway, Happy Birthday to all the Leaplings out there. I salute you.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 22 February 2024 Edition

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Thank you for participating in Skywatch Friday. We start a new edition every Thursday at 12:30 PM US Central Time and keep it going until noon the following Thursday. All are welcome. If you are an instagram user, you can post instagram posts here as well. I've been known to do it from time to time.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 15 February 2024 Edition

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The Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Designed as a futuristic three dimensional cross in a style known as Googie Architecture. The whole campus is an architectural marvel.


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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 8 February 2024 Edition

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Back when I worked, I was on the 17th floor of an office building that faced northwest, right down the Arkansas River as it come into town before it turned south. So twice a year, the setting sun would line up with the river, and I worked until 6 when it was dark so I would try and catch the sunset. So now I am retired and I don't have a good view of the river but I have a drone so I can send it aloft to catch sunsets from about the same height.

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 1 February 2024 Edition

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A grainy image made by my pinhole camera of the iconic Praying Hands sculpture at Tulsa's Oral Roberts University. (Many ORU students and alumni prefer to call the image "Healing Hands." A pinhole camera has just a small pinhole for a lens so you have to use a tripod and a manual shutter along with an exposure meter. This probably took about two seconds of exposure. The images are very grainy but I love them. I haven't used my pinhole camera in a long time.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 25 January 2024 Edition

#coldfront #overcast #skies #alley #powerlines #best_skyshots #snapseed #hdrfilter #tulsa #oklahoma #igersok Nobody's but geocachers,  instagrammers,  and pan handlers out and about today

January's weather so far has been blah here in Oklahoma! The only thing keeping me going is our fellow skywatchers in the southern hemisphere posting photos of the sunny beaches and warm weather. Keep it up!!

Normally I get outside no matter the weather but this year is different. It got bitterly cold, then it go wet. After my "Leave No Trace" training I don't hike in the mud any longer and didn't feel like walking on a paved trail so I've been hitting the gym's elliptical and stationary bike machines hard. All this to say that I am not out photographing the outdoors like I usually do. Plus I got exposed to covid so I couldn't even go to the gym for five days. Oh well!!

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 18 January 2024 Edition

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Things are cold here in Oklahoma. We have had very low temperatures and a little bit of snow. But hey, the electricity and gas is on so we are warm. Of course we have to pay the bill for that when the bill comes in next month. That's next month though right?

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 11 January 2024 Edition

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Things are going to be very cold here in Oklahoma very quickly. The low Sunday is going to be 0 F (-18C) so it is bundle up time. It is supposed to snow on Monday. Oklahoma drivers are terrible on snow, just awful. I'm glad I am retired so I can just sit tight at homef and watch the crazy drivers on television.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Skywatch Friday - 4 January 2024 Edition - Whoa!!

#bilingual stop #sign English and #okie #onlyinoklahoma #sandsprings #oklahoma #igersok

I found this sign years ago in west Tulsa. I haven't been back to see if it is still there or not. I don't think the "Whoa" is official but I love a little sense of humor in our officialdom, except when the joke is on me. Nowdays you have to have a sense of humor.

I have been thinking lately about all the bloggers we have lost over the years. There have been a lot!! I'm trying to figure out how to put together a list as kind of commemoration to them.

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