Drought takes a lickin’

Oklahoma has suffered through a two and one-half year drought, but Mother Nature seems to be smiling on us recently.  A series of three Pacific storms has put a lickin’ on this drought.  The previous two have the soil saturated and there is lots of water running into the lakes and ponds this morning.  The […]

Waterfowl numbers down

Ask most any birder or waterfowl hunter how many ducks they have been seeing this winter and the answer is fewer than normal.  I throw my vote in with that lot as well.  The numbers on our ponds have been really low– just like the water level. A male Hooded Merganser.  Photo by L. Dillon […]

After the fires..

The parched Oklahoma landscape erupted in a number of recent wildfires that have been devastating to many people’s lives and property.  Since this is a nature blog I’m going to focus on the natural aspect USFW image. of fires other than to point out that many people lost homes, barns and equipment because they allowed […]

Drought, heat bring burn bans…

Twenty-two Oklahoma counties are under a burn ban because of  high temperatures and drought conditions. Oklahoma Forestry Service photo. Burn ban decisions are made on the county level and specific rules for each ban — and penalties for violating the bans — vary by county. Each is effective for no more than 30 days unless […]

Fouth of July precautions…

Independence Day this year comes in the middle of the week and spreads out the celebration longer than normal. Legions of Oklahomans spend this special holiday camping at the lake with their families.  It’s My rocking chair is ready for the Fourth. summer’s big holiday.  Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of […]

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 […]

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 […]