Spiderwort, a Focused Look

While photographing in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains, I did a lot of shooting for focus-stacking, a technique I’ve been playing around with lately. Focus-stacking is the process of making many images of the subject, using a very shallow depth of field (DOF), and varying the focusing point. Once a set of images has been captured, they […]

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Beautiful Bird in a Beautiful Setting

Another favorite photographic subject that I look for in the Wichita Mountains (Oklahoma) is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus). Until the last few years, there were none where I live. Now, I occasionally will see one sitting on an overhead wire, with the obvious clue being the extremely long tail. In the Wichita Mountains, they […]

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Elk Enjoying the Wildflowers

Over the past week, I’ve highlighted a few of the many wildflowers growing in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma. But there’s a few more to share. In one area, I found meadows of gold … I’m not sure, but looked like a species of Coreopsis. They resembled the Lanceleaf Coreopsis, except a lot of burgundy […]

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Sensitive Briar

Another wildflower growing in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma is the Sensitive Briar (Schrankia uncinata). This unique flower is a creeping or trailing plant of dry areas, entirely covered by hooked barbs. Here are a few of my favorite images, showing both the plant structure and a closeup of the flower: Almost looks like a […]

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Fun Friday: The Pups of the Wichita Mountains

From my recent travels in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma, today’s “Fun Friday” post includes some cute Black-tailed Prairie dog pups (Cynomys ludovicianus). I can never stop and photograph these mischievous little guys without getting some laughs. While groups of pups will always leave a smile on my face, I very much enjoy capturing pups […]

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Beautiful Carpet

While recently traveling from Texas to Oklahoma, I began spotting Indian Carpet wildflowers along the highway. Once in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains, I made sure to grab some images of this beautiful wildflower: I always love seeing the Indian Carpet blanket the landscape. Unfortunately, I could not find a dense carpet in the Wichita Mountains … […]

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Turquoise Treasure

Another interesting inhabitant of the Wichita Mountains (southwest Oklahoma) is the Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris). During my recent visit, I saw several male lizards, but no females. Makes me think the females may be busy nesting right now. These creatures are cold-blooded, staying in their dens on colder days. During my visit, it was […]

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A Special Summer Bird

After a week and a half on the road, for art shows and some nature photography, I’m now back home. I’ve got some interesting images to post, so today I’ll start with a beautifully-colored bird. While in the Wichita Mountains the other day, I stopped by one of the picnic areas for a quick lunch. […]

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Just a Bit Shy

During my recent visit to the Wichita Mountains NWR in southwest Oklahoma, I was driving one of the refuge roads when a Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) ran across the road in front of me. As I stopped the vehicle to grab some images, the bird made a dashing run into the brush. Fortunately, I rolled […]

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Get Along Little Doggies

(From a couple of years ago) Today’s post includes a few more Black-tailed Prairie Dogs from the Wichita Mountains prairie dog town, in Oklahoma. The town was so active, it was often difficult to single out a single dog to shoot! But when you could single one out, it usually was good: “Running to Greet […]

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