Friday, January 22, 2016
As I entered this bay, I was curious about two huge monolithic
concrete structures I encountered, this one with a cormorant
perched on top. The docking cleats mounted on top were even
more bizzare. Looking closely, you can see one on the top near
the right end.
Viewing the two structures together with the docking cleat again
visible on top.
Looking across the prairie towards the mountains as
sunset approaches, and viewed from the north end of the lake.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
This is what Lake Latonka looked like the morning I got up for
what was supposed to be my paddling day. That is what led us
to take the day in Medicine Park.
Mergansers aren't common here, so I was pleased to see them.
The white American pelican, however, can be seen in flocks
Isn't it nice to be able to take your hard-shelled camper wherever
you go. As an aside, I just learned that Chesapeake Light Craft
has designed a tear-drop camper trailer for the same construction
methods used for their canoe and kayak building. They are now
finishing the construction manual and video, which should be ready
shortly. If you'd like a closer look, go to:
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This was the bison we sat and watched for about a half hour. In
the background is Quanah Parker Lake.
So here I sit at 4:30 a.m., awake and unable to get back to sleep. It isn't waking up that's the problem, but my mind waking up. It won't shut up and let me get back to sleep.
So, anyhow, leaving Mount Scott, we continued into the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Elk were reported to be in the area, as well as buffalo. The 59,000 acre wildlife area runs along the north boundary of the Fort Sill Military Reservation. The artillery explosions continued all day, every day, and signs along the roadway, reading “Caution, Impact Area”, warned against getting out and wandering about. Also, this is still a wild area in spite of the presence of humans passing through, and an artillery officer had been struck and killed by a rattle snake just before our visit. We saw buffalo, properly called bison, but elk are best spotted at sunrise and sunset, and we missed out there.
Flocks of wild turkeys wandered about and just seemed as unconcerned
about us as could be. For the best pictures, we could just move ahead of
them and wait for them to come to us. Pretty cool!
This is Antelope Flats, a prairie region in the refuge where the
wildlife roam free.
Here's that elk I missed seeing. I borrowed this picture from the
wildlife service photo file.
Okay, wish me luck. I'm going back to bed.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Just a couple of the remaining pictures from Medicine Park and
These boulders do roll down the mountain. There were thousands
we saw that had already made the trip, and some of them leave
you with the impression that they could rain down at any minute.
Some more yellow and orange lichens, and trees in crevices but
determine to survive the best they can.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Photo credit: from Rich's Facebook page
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From the top of Mount Scott, you can look down the chain of
mountains that, one behind the other, line up to look like the
teeth of a saw.
It is amazing that delicate flowers can persevere to grow in the
most hostile and uninviting places. Maybe there's a lesson
about life here.
Unlike most mountains where earth settles into the crevices to help
settle boulders in place. these just remain in place out of habit and
some fine and seemingly insecure balancing acts.
I found the orange and yellow lichen interesting. You can see
the orange here, with a touch of yellow, but a lot of yellow around
the pictures purple flowers.