Oklahoma At A Glance

Life With Dogs

Photography when done for my own happiness is a form of mindfulness. It's a meditation.   But, often when I'm shooting for others it is stress, anxiety and the desire to perform and please people.  

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The days I want to escape the most are the days when the puffy cumulous clouds dot the sky and the earth is green.   The dogs were eager to ride in the truck.   It was a new way to ride. 

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I'm continually torn between running as a business or quitting and doing this hobby only for myself.  This art, this craft, this skill that is photography. 

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My favorite people in the world are dogs. 

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Their first ride in the back of the truck out to the farm.  Don't worry they were safe and we weren't going fast at all.  

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Everyday is a good day if you're a spoiled dog.  

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Music, being in the country, dogs, and traveling the things I love.  Oh, and photography of course.   I'm glad I found this hobby it has profoundly affected how I see the world.  

I really like this article titled" Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense" 

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Pumpkin is insane.  Sister is odd and the Puppy may be taking after Pumpkin.  lol 

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My blog could almost be called life with dogs.  After teaching all day I don't feel like writing when I post images.   I barely have time to do this, as I'm still fulfilling obligations that I've already had.  

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I need to go to bed, but I'm making a birthday cake for my second child who is about to turn 18 tomorrow.  When people tell you "they grow up so fast" it is very true.  

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The do enjoy themselves. 

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There will be no photographing of the Indian Paintbrush.  

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"Here let me hold your hair while you photograph that flower."  

Oil in Oklahoma

Yesterday my Dad and I went on a drive out around in the county looking for where are the wells in the surrounding sections were either staked out or were being drilled.  

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So my interests are turning from Native American studies to rocks, fossils and the geologic formation of the earth, while my Dad is interested in all of the oil well activity in the area.  The photo above shows a site that has been staked out for a well to be drilled in the near future.  

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This rig is a couple of miles south.  Did you know the first fracking  happened in Stephens County Oklahoma, near Velma.  I believe that if the oil industry is such a danger Stephens County probably should be a giant sink hole by now. This county is heavily drilled with numerous old, operating oil fields and the ghost towns which were once boomtowns.   

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So, I bought a Audubon book on the field guide to fossils.  I want to learn about the landscape and its formations and since this area was once a Permian sea I thought that was a good place to start learning about geology.   

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 Many of our surface features date to the Permian period when this area was a large inland sea, 225 to 285 million years ago, but below that and what is being drilled at a depth of 13,000 feet (according to the spacing and oil paperwork that my parents have) - is far older than that.  

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The oil companies are drilling far below the Permian period, into a geologic era known as the Ordovician period which was 430 to 500 million years ago.  A time on the earth when ancient starfishes populated the planet, the first corals emerged.  

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They are also drilling down to the Silurian Period which was 395 to 430 million years ago. A time period in the earth's evolutionary history where the first jawed fish appeared.  

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Here we approach the Nomac Rig which is on the corner of Baseline Road a few miles outside of Velma at the corner of Hat Top Road, which my Dad said was at one time was an old Settlers road (I can't remember what he said the exact name was).  But the area around Velma was the first settled area in the county.  

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One thing I discovered that I disliked about the last two years in Graduate school was that my interests had to remain focused to the point I didn't have the time I desired to explore other interests that were developing.   I have no intentions of ever returning to school for that reason. I like to learn but academia in many ways is a constricting, rigid institution which I don't desire to be a part of that world.  So, now I can learn about rocks and the evolution of this planet if I choose.  

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And with that I conclude the thirty minute drive which only led us less than ten miles or a few sections over from my Parents' house and an introduction of geologic time.  


The Oklahoma State Fair

After working on my page for nearly two years I realized that I have not visited the State Fair for the purpose of photographing it for my Expedition Oklahoma page.   So,  last weekend I went to the fair.  

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The Oklahoma State Fair: 4-H, FFA, Exhibit halls, food and all kinds of people.  

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I tried the fried peaches, not as good as fried oreos.  But not bad.  

Elderly Lady Tap Dancing at the Fair-7758
I loved watching these ladies dancing to "5-1-5-0"  

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More exhibits were set up with a blacksmith display 

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A living history exhibit.  It is so good for kids to see how things were done in the past. 

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The forge blowing air into the coals so the metal can be molded and formed into a useful product. 

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It is interesting to try to catch the metal being worked in the flames. 

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Now we move on to another area of the fair... 

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This gentleman is making a wooden bowl, by hand.  Impressive. 

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Pretty neat, wooden bowls.  

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You have to have some roasted corn, or a turkey leg while at the fair. I had corn.  

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Sit down and rest and watch the live entertainment! 

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When in the course of human events, we hold these pink flamingos to be self evident.   

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The fairway was busy when it was getting close to evening. 

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I'm not feeling like doing a lot of writing today, so these images don't need a lot of explanation anyways.  But definitely fun for the family.  This is my Sister and her brother in law and his fiancee.   Oklahoma State Fair-7820

Fall may have arrived, but it felt like a nice hot July day to me.  

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More food! 

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We ended the night watching Gary Allan perform:

Gary Allan at the State Fair

Planting Okra

As tornadoes are touching down all over the state today... My Dad, Justin and I planted Okra this afternoon.   My Dad turns 75 tomorrow.  So happy birthday to my Daddy.  :-) 

Daddy plowing the garden
He said the soil temperature was 70 degrees an inche down and 70 degrees four inches down.  Apparently that is warm.  He was an Ag teacher when he was younger and raised on a farm.  

Okra grows very well out here.   If we ever have to live off the land...I will grow to hate okra.  As much as I like it now.  

Planting the garden
Making the furrows to plant the okra seed. 

Daddy on the Tractor
My Daddy was born in 1937, in Arkansas.   He was born in the middle of the Great Depression and as a baby arrived in Oklahoma during the dustbowl.  His Parents were share-croppers and he was the youngest of five siblings.   He has told me he barely remembers World War II, and served in the military in the 1950s.  

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Justin Edmond and his Namesake Papa Edmond, planting Okra.  This kid doesn't wear shoes outside. Its okay, he's a kid.  They're REALLY supposed to be like that.   If you have a problem with it, then you probably would hate the photos of him driving the tractor or shooting a gun.  

Justin planting seeds
Three to four seeds, every six inches.  

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Tornadoes hitting Norman an hour north of us, the severe storms seem to be missing us tonight.  Although I'm listening to the continuous weather coverage right now.  

Justin and Papa planting seeds
Love these photos of Justin and Papa in the garden, those are memories he will always have.  

Covering the seeds


A Beautiful Summer

What a beautiful world we live in.  More pictures all taken within a few miles from my home in Rural Stephens county Oklahoma a few weeks ago. 

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Butterfly and Bee on Pink Flower (1 of 1)

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.  ~Walt Whitman

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In summer, the song sings itself.  ~William Carlos Williams

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Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  ~Henry James

Wheat in May

I went out and got a few shots of the wheat down the road while the sun was setting last night.  I always think of this song when I look at a glowing, golden field.  

Stephens County Wheatfield

"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural."- Thomas Jefferson

Sunset Wheat

"I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world"- George Washington

Field of Golden Wheat

“The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.”- Will Rogers

Cows on the wheat field

“Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows - and china.”-Charles Dickens

May Storm Clouds at Sunset
As I returned home I got a shot of the sun going down reflecting in the storm clouds that were heading east.  Quite impressive.  May is beautiful in Oklahoma.  


The University Of Oklahoma

Last week I got my acceptance letter from OU.  Next year I will be attending the University of Oklahoma to pursue my Masters Degree!  So, I went to Norman last week to check out the campus and try to find out some information about enrolling.  Of course the camera went with me to check out the campus.  To say I'm excited about going back to school is an understatement!  

Sign for OU Stadium
The stadium, I finished a 5K in this stadium last fall.  I've also been there to see U2 in concert...never for football. 

Library at The University of Oklahoma
A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak.  ~Michael Garrett Marino

Clocktower at OU
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.  ~Ezra Pound

Bus to Lloyd Noble
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  ~Henry Ford

You Can't See Me Squirrel
Squirrel!!!  This little guy was watching me... posing.  Not afraid.