So, I ask you, why was I out this morning in my ratty tatty shorts, an OU Professional Writing t-shirt, and my Nikon D40X slung around my neck? I’m sure that I looked pretty funny awful to the Edmond Electric guys as they topped the foggy hill in their work truck and found me taking photos of roadside weeds wildflowers. At least they smiled and waved (albeit with quizzical expressions.)
I guess I have no shame, but while the images from last night’s Harley ride with HH were still fresh in my middle aged mind, I was compelled to put them in a more permanent form.
Quintessentially rural Oklahoma.
Yesterday, just before dusk, we headed out on the Harley to our favorite backroads destination, Pops. How do I describe Pops? It’s a post modern building where you can have a hamburger from beef produced by No Name Ranch, or grab a soda pop from a selection of more than 500 different kinds. The best thing I can write about it is an overheard conversation between three generations of men: grandfather, father and pint-sized son.
“Wow!” says PSS, as he stares at the soda grouped by color and flavor in six glass front soda cases. He wanders back and forth unable to choose. This is a frequent problem for small folks.
The grandfather, stooped with age, stands at the rootbeer section stunned. The father opens the case for him. The grandfather points.
“I haven’t had Fitz’s rootbeer in ages,” he says. His son hands it to him. The both smile.
Where else can you get family bonding for $1.99?
Now for the other photos I took this morning. I’m open for plant identification. I am no native plant expert. Instead, I created an English garden in the middle of the wilderness. It is only in recent years that I’ve come to appreciate native plants and their place in my formally designed garden.
In no particular order, away we go.
With my luck, one of them is Ragweed. Just kidding. I do know what Ragweed looks like. Poor Goldenrod always gets a bad rap because it blooms at the same time.
Is this Bitterweed, Hymenoxys odorata, peeking out from behind barbed wire?
??? I just don’t know.
There are several wonderful blogs on Oklahoma wildflowers, but I found Richard Allen’s photo gallery to have the most beautiful photographs. I also liked his descriptions on where he found the displayed flowers and when they were blooming. Very helpful information.
I also keep forgetting to tell you that I’m now writing as the Oklahoma Gardening Examiner. If you want to keep track of what I’m writing about there, just follow the link.