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Western Oklahoma Wildflowers

The wildflowers of western Oklahoma have been waiting four years for the drought to break and it happened this spring.  They burst forth with a tremendous display of color and beauty. These photos were made between May 21st and June 27th, 2015 and are presented in chronological order.

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Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, State Wildflower of Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, State Wildflower of Oklahoma
Purple Poppy Mallow/Wine Cup. Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Purple Poppy Mallow/Wine Cup, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket And Honeybee, Harper County, Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket And Honeybee, Harper County, Oklahoma
Spiderwort, Fort Supply Wildlife Management Area
Spiderwort, Fort Supply Wildlife Management Area
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Near Gage, Oklahoma
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Near Gage, Oklahoma
Indian Paintbrush, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife  Refuge
Indian Paintbrush, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
Spectacle Pod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Spectacle Pod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Goat's Rue, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Goat’s Rue, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Cooper WMA
Gaillardia/Indian Blanket, Cooper WMA
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Pale Purple Coneflower, Harper County, Oklahoma
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Cooper WMA
Upright Prairie Coneflower, Cooper WMA
Lemon Monarda, Cooper WMA
Lemon Monarda, Cooper WMA
Tree Cholla, Cooper WMA   Note: This cactus does not commonly occur this far east and this one may have been transplanted before this area was acquired by the state.
Tree Cholla, Cooper WMA
Note: This cactus does not ordinarially occur this far east and this one may have been transplanted before this area was acquired by the state.
Prairie Lilly, Gloss Mountains State Park
Prairie Lilly, Gloss Mountains State Park
Purple Prairie Clover, Gloss Mountains State Park
Purple Prairie Clover, Gloss Mountains State Park
Prairie Coneflower/Mexican Hat
Prairie Coneflower/Mexican Hat, Cooper WMA

Spring Beauty in North Texas

Indian Paintbrush in Field of Bluebonnets. Lake Whitney State Park, TX.

Indian Paintbrush in Field of Bluebonnets, Lake Whitney State Park, Texas

Bluebonnet, Lake Whitney State Park

Bluebonnet, Lake Whitney State Park

Buckeye Butterfly, Cleburne State Park, TX
Buckeye Butterfly, Cleburne State Park, Texas
Question Mark Butterfly, Cleburne State Park
Question Mark Butterfly, Cleburne State Park
Bluebonnets, Cleburne State Park
This and the following five images were made in Cleburne State Park, Texas.

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Bluebonnets appear more blue in shade or under a cloudy sky and more purple in sunlight.
Bluebonnets appear more blue in shade or under a cloudy sky and more purple in sunlight.

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White flowers are "albino" bluebonnets found in Cleburne State Park.
White flowers are "albino" bluebonnets found in Cleburne State Park.
This and the two following phogtographs made on a farm in the vicinity of Waco, TX.
This and the next two photographs were made on a farm in the vicinity of Waco, Texas.

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Although this photo was made in the same field as the previous two, the color is more purple because they were lit by direct sunlight.
Although this photo was made in the same field as the previous two, the color is more purple due to being lit by direct sunlight.
Baby Blue Eyes, Fort Parker State Park, Texas
Baby Blue Eyes, Fort Parker State Park, Texas

Western Wallflower, Fort Parker State Park
Western Wallflower, Fort Parker State Park

Wildflowers From Years Past

2011 has been an exceptionally dry year in northwestern Oklahoma. This area has received less than five inches of precipitation so far this year, about one-third of normal.  To make matters worse, the drought began in October 2010. From April through June wildflowers are usually abundant in this area and I concentrate on wildflower scenics and close-ups. This year, however, it seems an effort in futility and a waste of gasoline to search for wildflowers to any extent. Therefore, I am posting images from prior years.

The gaillardia or indian blanket is Oklahoma's state Wildflower. Photographed at Cooper The gaillardia or indian blanket is Oklahoma’s state wildflower.

Variegated fritillary butterfly on indian blanket. Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Variegated fritillary butterfly on indian blanket. Cooper Wildlife Management  Area.

Prairie coneflower, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prairie coneflower, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Missouri goldenrod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Missouri goldenrod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Purple poppy mallow, Woodward CountyPurple poppy mallow or wine cup, Woodward County.

Horse mint and sage brush, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Horse mint and sagebrush, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Regal fritillary on butterfly weed, Cooper Wildlife management Area.Regal fritillary on butterfly weed, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Prickly poppy, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prickly poppy, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Eastern cottontail rabbit among gaillardia, Boiling Springs State Park.Eastern cottontail rabbit among indian blanket, Boiling Springs State Park.

Prickly pear cactus, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prickly pear cactus, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is a remnant of what once covered over 142 million acres in parts of 14 states.  Less than 10% of the original tallgrass prairie remains, with the only large unbroken tracts in the Flint Hills of Oklahoma and Kansas.  The Nature Conservancy, a private, nonprofit conservation organization purchased the 29,000 acre Barnard Ranch in 1989 to establish the preserve.  The preserve now consists of 38,700 acres which The Nature Conservancy owns or leases in Osage County, Oklahoma.

One of Oklahoma's little-known treasures lies north of Pawhuska near the Kansas border.One of Oklahoma’s little-known treasures lies north of Pawhuska near the Kansas border.

In 1993, 300 bison were reintroduced and will eventually grow to a herd of 2700.
In 1993, 300 bison were reintroduced and will eventually grow to a herd of 2700.
Pale Purple Coneflower
Pale Purple Coneflower
Sensitive Briar
Sensitive Briar
Showy Evening Primrose
Showy Evening Primrose
Butterfly weed buds beginning to Open
Butterfly weed buds beginning to open
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed
Atlantis Fritillary On Pale Purple Coneflower
Atlantis Fritillary On Pale Purple Coneflower