Tiiimber…

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OK,I admit it. I’m fascinated by the work of beavers.

Bald Eagle…

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I’ve been stalking this eagle off and on for a few days. It is tough to get close enough for a really decent shot…this is the best so far. When it gets a little warmer, I’ll go out and sit still on a stump for a few hours in hopes for a better photo. This bird is probably a winter migrator as we normally don’t see any around here. Such a majestic creature.

Making Hole…

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Bubba here has just started drilling a shallow (850 feet) oil well. One hundred dollar oil has made it attractive again to drill these wells that might make  a couple or a few barrels per day.

Playing with Silhouettes…

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Doing my best Alfred Hitchcock impersonation. I think I need  haircut.

Tribute…

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This is just a few of the many Highway Patrol vehicles on hand for the funeral of my friend, Marvin Culver, a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer. He was a good man who positively touched the lives of many many people. It was rewarding to see the turnout of officers from all over the state to honor one of their comrades.

Stuff of legends…

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The Perkins building in Coffeyville, KS, dating to 1871, is most famous for the events that took place on October 5, 1892. On that day the members of the notorious Dalton gang decided to try to outdo the Jesse James gang by staging a broad daylight robbery of two banks simultaneously. The Condon bank was in this building and the First National was next door. Since they were known in town, the Daltons wore fake beards. Unfortunately for them, they were still recognized and some of the citizens and lawmen were arming themselves while the robbery was in progress. The resulting prolonged gun battle left four gang members dead as well as several townspeople shot. You can read their story here and even see a photo of the bodies. Several movies have been made about the Daltons.

A painting is worth a thousand photos (or so)…

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My sister Donna decided to take up painting after she retired. In the following years she has become an accomplished and prolific artist. If I could paint well, perhaps I wouldn’t need to take so many photographs. This landscape was a gift from her this past Christmas. There’s something lost in a photo of a painting, but here it is:

Squiggles…

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House Finch…

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He loves sunflower seeds. The industrial strength beak is perfect for cracking seeds. His girlfriend is behind, being shy.

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)…

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The Kestrel, sometimes known as the Sparrow Hawk, is the smallest falcon in North America. It will sit on a high wire or fence waiting to prey on grasshoppers, lizards, mice and other small birds. It’s quite often seen along road sides, not often bothered by traffic unless you stop to take a photo. This picture doesn’t do it justice, as the back side is really quite colorful.

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