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morning comes to elk mountain

Cache Creek at the base of the Elk Mountain TrailWichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The 114th Christmas Bird Count

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

The annual Christmas Bird Count is livened up by some extra counters, but inclement weather makes for a very challenging count.


Winter raised its ugly fist early in this part of the world - record breaking cold slammed into Oklahoma mid-November. The harvest of fall color was frozen in its midair reverie and left hanging lifeless on the trees like limp prayer flags still daring the soul to swoon to the seasonal and now frozen beauty. Show More Summary

Christmas Bird Count

This is the 115th year that people all over the continent to count birds. I joined a team this morning down at Audubon. Temps were in the high 30s. Walking was challenging. The slowly thawing foot of snow covered with a quarter inch of ice was noisy and difficult. I have to wonder how many […]

Wildflowers of Nova Scotia

I’ve never been to Nova Scotia.  I would like to go.  Especially now that I have SIX photos in a book about the wildflowers of Nova Scotia! First up is American Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium Americana) on page 59.  This TINY flower was hard to photograph until I got my 10X magnifier which screws on to […]

negative space

Negative space is that in which you are not the longing and angst for your presence enlightenment comes as a realization that negative space has a value in the algorithmic of everyday life quotidian as existence can be the glow on your...Show More Summary

travels along the north canadian river in early winter; plates 1-3

Plate 1East of the North Canadian RiverStinchcomb Wildlife Reserve - Oklahoma County Plate 2North Canadian River, Oklahoma County Plate 3

Wolf Run Road

I needed to hike.  And I needed a fairly flat road.  Wolf Run Road, off Route 280 was the perfect spot.  It’s a part of Allegany State Park, though not a part that the average visitor visits. I was a little worried about hunters.  As we walked, I realized that even though the tire tracks […]

Around Spatterdock Pond

One month ago today I leaned over to pick up my dog and toss her into the back seat of the car. Snap! My back went out! It’s been quite a month of doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapy appointments and exercises. I’m not fully recovered yet, but getting close! Today I walked one mile around […]

for whom the bells toll

Photographed at Martin Nature Park as part of Jamie Csizmadia and Leigh Love's Native Plant and Photography Workshop in Oklahoma City.

spring lingers in the wichita mountains

A View of the NarrowsWichita Mountains, Oklahoma June 2014 Generous rains in May and much of this month of June have left the Wichita Mountains lush and verdant and prolifically carpeted in wildflowers and butterflies. She's dressedShow More Summary

i have always loved the desert

Sunrise at Wadi RumOn tour with National Geographic Expeditions in Jordan October 15, 2014 I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams... Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

relentless pursuits

Sunrise - Edgemere ParkOklahoma City November 30, 2014 Despite the relentless pursuit of winter, Autumn hangs on one more day in its colorful and blustery bliss. Soon these panes will be like prison bars keeping me inside and dreaming...Show More Summary

apollo's chariot

Sunrise - La Mamounia HotelMarrakech, MoroccoNovember 13, 2014 Passing through the Levant, where I spent some many wonderful days in Jordan's warm grasp, over the pyramids of Egypt, across the shores of Tripoli, lighting the Tunisian...Show More Summary

Room with a View from Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

The city of Amman, o ne of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, as seen from the Le Meridien Hotel.

Year of the Sinking Valley Eagles

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

I learn that a pair of bald eagles is nesting on the other end of our mountain. My Amish friend has spent time watching them from afar across a steep, wooded ravine on State Gamelands #166.

St. George Island, St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, Florida

We took a quick trip to Florida last week to visit St. George Island again. St. George Island is dog-friendly, allowing them on the beach as long as you clean up after them and have them on a leash. It is very peaceful here, no high rises or big tourist areas, just the kind of place we like. Show More Summary

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