Foto Friday – An Oklahoma Road

A road in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton OK.

I’ve always wanted to get a photography like this (a road leading off into the distance). This isn’t quite what I had in mind, but its close. Captured in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton OK.

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A road in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton OK.

Foto Friday – Trees on Mount Scott, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Trees on Mount Scott

Oklahoma isn’t known for ‘mountains’ but there are a few areas in the state that are actually quite hilly and – officially – called mountains. The Wichita Mountains are in the Southwest portion of the state near Lawton Oklahoma. Within this range is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge run by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

My wife and I took at trip down there recently on a scouting trip. I had been down to the area when I was nine or ten but hadn’t been back since and she’d never been so we played hooky one day and drove down to see what it was all about.

This image is taken at the top of Mount Scott.

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Trees on Mount Scott

These trees are sitting on top of Mount Scott in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

15 years later…

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
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Today is the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City  Bombing.

I was a senior in college when the bombing happened and can still remember the first image I saw on TV of the building smoking.

I knew a few folks that worked in the building and am still quite saddened when I think about this tragedy and loss of life.

I visited the bombing site before demolotion and was absolutely overwhelmed with the sites I saw….I can’t imagine the horror that occurred in that building during and after the bombing.  The things the rescuers saw cannot even be imagined (and I don’t think I want to try to imagine them).

Even though I spent 4 years in Oklahoma after the bombing (finishing grad school, etc), I never revisited the site.  In fact, it took me fifteen years to visit the memorial and was only able to do so because my wife was with me…not sure I would have visited alone.

Here’s a few photos from the visit:

Oklahoma City National Memorial - Gate, Chairs and Reflecting Pool

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial - Journal Record Building Message

Next time you’re in Oklahoma City, please stop by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and spend a few minutes in this powerful place.