The latest issue of Oklahoma Today (September/October 2016) features my article, “The Great Golden Way,” which tells the story of a trail that crossed Oklahoma in the 1800s, the California Road. It began in Fort Smith, Arkansas and carried fortune-seekers to Santa Fe, New Mexico on their way to the gold fields of California, startingContinue reading “Found on The Great Golden Way”
It’s pristine, easy to access, and historically important. It’s also remote and seems to be relatively unknown, and the fact that few people know about it is probably a good thing. The grounds of Sacred Heart Abbey, near Konawa, Oklahoma are a place of peace and calm and mystery. It’s a quiet place to walk,Continue reading “Gallery: Sacred Indeed”
Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom Plenty o’ air and plenty o’ room (From “Oklahoma,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein) Western Oklahoma. For some, the words conjure up in the mind’s eye a straight ribbon of four-lane through flat, featureless land. But they are the ones who have never been close toContinue reading “Plenty o’ Back Roads”
Concertina wire draws my gaze away from the lenticular clouds shifting from flying saucers into mother ships in the western Oklahoma sky. We’ve been driving northwest from Woodward on Highway 270 looking for Fort Supply, and we should be there by now. The fence topped with razor wire clearly indicates we are approaching a prison,Continue reading “Today’s Time Warp: Fort Supply”
A renaissance is underway in my hometown of Okmulgee, Oklahoma with new investment in the downtown area by individuals and public institutions (especially OSU Institute of Technology). I visited a few weeks ago during the ChiliFest and had the opportunity to tour some of the downtown buildings where renovations are either planned or underway. TheseContinue reading “Okmulgee Rising!”
Bill and I spent the evening watching the sun set over the Canadian River the other night, having recently found a spot close to home where we can easily access the river. I have a feeling we’ll be going back often.
A few shots from my early morning walk. There was a thick fog in the river bottom but I didn’t get to the neighborhood pond in time to catch much of it. Nevertheless, the light was lovely.
I just completed the second of three photo shoots at Oklahoma’s Lake Murray State Park, the first state park built in Oklahoma and still the largest. The State of Oklahoma is building a new lodge there, and I am honored that my images will provide the artwork for the facility. I photographed the scenery inContinue reading “Summer at Lake Murray”
I’m pleased to have several publications out or pending right now, including Sequoyah Sunsets, an article on Sequoyah State Lodge in Oklahoma Today’s Indians and Cowboys Issue (July/August 2015); and Calculating Adventure, a story of serendipity in the American West in Issue 9 of OutdoorX4. In the coming months, look for The Lost Girls Ride Again in TrailGrooveContinue reading “Latest Publications”