It was more about riding today than shooting pictures. I was testing my wife’s camera, a new model of the little red one I carried until recently. I’m not happy with the results and half the pictures came out unworthy of sharing, but this shot of the morning sky was pretty cool. I had hard time getting that little thing to focus where I wanted it. For that reason, sometimes the light averaging was pretty bad. The sun was playing peek-a-boo with moderate clouds. With my eyes, I could see that this was a wooded hillside, but the camera failed to bring out the clearings in the scrub, so it looks almost like a rising forest canopy.
This lovely old house turned out quite well, though. Someone is still taking care of the yard, but the structure will probably be left to collapse, if not bulldozed to make way for some kind of McMansion like some of the others out here.
Today’s route took me west on Reno, then north on Sooner to NE 63rd. There I turned east for a couple of blocks to pick up Carol Drive. It was a one-lane drive that connected to some older streets that were poorly maintained, just about like that house. I wish I could have gotten a shot of those two pigs that followed me around their fenced enclosure, but the fence obscured them too much. Eventually this hidden neighborhood ran out and I was back on Sooner Road. North a ways past Wilshire Boulevard was this lovely sloped pasture with a pond, and I manage to hash together a so-so panorama of it with the little camera:
I think I’ll use that for a header soon.
I passed that obscenely massive mansion on the SE corner of Britton Road, and you still can’t shot pictures of it without accessing the property itself. I took a couple more side streets in the area behind the mansion. There was a nice little miniature horse farm in there, but all the horses were too far from the road and this little camera fuzzes up the image on the slightest excuse. It cost me a nice shot of a native red hawk, as well.
But the real objective was the exercise, so I headed back east to Midwest Boulevard and rolled past the Dolese Prairie Park sand plant. It’s vacant now; they’ve shut down the operation. If you could see back past the trees, you’d discover that it backs onto the Oklahoma County Sheriff Department’s training area. The Sheriff is trying to buy it so they can turn the pond into a water rescue training facility.
I suppose it turned out to be a good idea to take an extra serrapeptase in the morning before breakfast. I’ve suffered from a declining metabolism since taking that beta blocker. Today I still felt pretty strong on the ride back home.