Photo Walk (Drive)


One day last week, when the sun decided to shine and the temps warmed up a little, I went on a photo walk. Actually, it was a drive – I live too far away from the things I love to photograph to be able to get to them by foot. Anyway, I first went to Will Rogers Birthplace, which is a couple miles from my home. I was hoping for some Spring landscaping around the house and grounds, but that hadn’t happened yet. So I took this shot of the green pastures and the lake in the background. I like the wood fence and the framing of the green leaves.


I then went into the house, which I have been in several hundred times (not really, but I do frequent this place often) looking for any photographic possibilities.  All the rooms are roped off so getting certain angles is challenging.  On this day, the light coming through the kitchen window perfectly lit this wooden bowl sitting on the old oak table.  The translucent drape of the curtain added a nice touch.  I really like the way this photo turned out.


After leaving Will Rogers home, I drove down several back roads that I was somewhat familiar with, but hadn’t been down in a very long time.  I almost missed these Dogwoods blooming along a creek bank as I sped down a hill.  Lesson here, people, SLOW DOWN and smell the roses.  Or take pictures of Dogwood blooms, in this case.  I backed up, parked the car and got out to investigate the possibilities.  It was a windy day (again – in Oklahoma still days are rare, if ever) so I was pleased with these photos.  And I like the colors in the background, especially the blue of the sky reflecting in the water.


The sun was getting higher in the sky so it was time to move on.  I came up on a hayfield and I could see the entire town of Talala spread out before me.  I thought that would make a cool photo so I stopped the car and got out, climbing up the ditch to the edge of the field.  I looked around and saw these massive power poles not a hundred feet from me.  How did I not notice these things from the car?  Anyway, they seemed to go on forever.  I hunkered down in the grass to eliminate some distracting trees and buildings and this is the shot I came away with.  Love it.  Of course, I took several – horizontal and vertical – from different perspectives, but this is my favorite.


I wanted to stop at one more place before I called it a day.  Actually, my stomach was calling out for lunch, but that’s another story.  And that darn sun was getting higher and higher in the sky.  A photographer’s worst nightmare is shooting photos at high noon, especially in Oklahoma where those wide blue skies get washed out and pale.  Back in the car, I drove to my final destination, Totem Pole Park, located just off Route 66 in Foyil.


This is a rather interesting place to go if you’ve never been.  A guy named Galloway built these totem poles and they have been preserved and a park has been built.  I don’t know too much about them, but if you want to find out more, google it.  I took my kids here when they were small and they both thought it was pretty cool.  Just one of the strange, but interesting things you will find along the Motherroad that is Route 66.  Here’s another shot of the totem poles.


And so concluded my photo walk….er, drive for the day.  All in all, I came away with some fairly decent shots for my portfolio.  And of course, my blog.  I hope you, my readers, will get in your cars and go for a photo drive.  You never know what kind of weird and wonderful things you might be able to photograph.

Happy Travels!



2 thoughts on “Photo Walk (Drive)

  1. Regarding photographing the bowl and the hydro poles…. I just read a column by Astronaut Chris Hadfield. He was describing what he learned about photography when he was orbiting earth for 500+ days and how many times he passed by the same continents and countries yet the more times he took photos of those same places each time he orbited past, he picked out different things that he had never noticed on his previous “visits”. He likened it to being locked in a room for 2 weeks with a camera. At first you just snap photos but by the end of 2 weeks you know that room so very well, so intimately, that your last photographs look nothing like your first photographs.

  2. I agree completely, Brenda. I guess that’s one advantage of living in a small town and not being able to take trips to far and distant lands (or other states, for that matter). You learn to photograph and re-photograph the same things until you feel you got it right. Then you photograph it again! Reason being, the seasons change, the light changes and the mood changes constantly so there is always a new perspective to try and photograph. This is why I never get bored shooting my small town and the surrounding area.

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