Archive | May 2012

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Oklahoma’s ancient mountains

 A winter sunset from Mt. Scott by L. Dillon Beauty has many forms and a different definition to us individually.  Some might think the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma can’t compare to the Rockies, Yosemite or Yellowstone.  As an Oklahoman who grew up a few miles from these ancient piles of red granite,  I might […]

Owls dine on cicadas

Mark Dreiling of Bartlesville shares some unusual owl feeding habits with us.  He reports  two Great Horned Owls have been dining on emerging cicadas in his back yard for the past six years.  They show up at dusk when the cicadas begin their annual emergence.  Usually around 01 June and remain through August.  Mark pays […]

Butterfly rarity- Zebra Swallowtail

Jerry Owens from Van Buren, AR,  captured this stunning beauty at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge south of Vian using a Pentax K-5 at 260 mm.  The range of Zebra Swallowtails (Protographium marcellus) just barely includes the eastern fringe of Oklahoma, so it’s not a butterfly that a lot of Okies get to see routinely.  Thanks […]

Odd Oklahoma sun

I was working in the yard in Norman yesterday morning just after 9:00 a.m. when I noticed this really odd, but beautiful sun.  It was cloudy, but I think the muted view was due to smoke from the New Mexico wildfires.  If that’s the case, there will likely be some good photo opps on Oklahoma […]

New Oklahoma flickr group

Patience has never been one of my virtues.  I couldn’t wait to get a flickr group started for Oklahoma nature photos.  The more I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that it’s likley hundreds of quality nature pics are taken daily in our state and that’s way too many to feature here.  It’s […]

Rare for Oklahoma– Great Kiskadee sightings

The Great Kiskadee may be common  in the Rio Grande Valley, but he’s a rare bird in Oklahoma.  David Arbour, ODWC biologist at Red Slough in McCurtain County reports possible sightings of  two birds there.  This would be only the third documented record for the Sooner state.  The first sighting was on 05 May by […]

Solar eclipse seen in Woodward

A big Oklahoma thanks to Jessica Eitzen of Woodward for submitting a photo of yesterday’s solar eclipse.  Millions of people from Asia to the western U.S. watched the eclipse that was dubbed ‘the ring of fire’.   The sun went down before the moon centered on it in Oklahoma so we didn’t get the ring, but […]