Category Archives: Oklahoma

State of Dust Tracks: 2014 Edition

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Dust Tracks was founded (in its current form) on 24 March 2011. At the time, we were still living in Alaska, gearing up for our move back to the American southeast. I wanted to reboot my blog before this major … Continue reading

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Crotaphytus collaris (Eastern Collared Lizard) in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma; 16 June 2004

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Crotaphytus collaris, the Eastern collared lizard, photographed in Comanche county, Oklahoma (16 June 2004). We’ve taken a good chunk of the week off here at Dust Tracks, but we’re starting to shift back into gear. This past week was, of … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Moore, Oklahoma and Tornadoes: 1999, 2003, 2013

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These photographs were taken on 08 May 2003, shortly after an F3 tornado passed through Moore, Oklahoma, eventually peaking as an F4 near Interstate 240. At the time, my wife and I lived in Norman, Oklahoma — a few short … Continue reading

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Crotaphytus collaris (Eastern Collared Lizard), 16 June 2004

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I’m wrapping up a wickedly brutal day on this here end of the internet and I honestly don’t have much energy or motivation to write thoughtful and/or complete sentences. So, instead of writing like, you know, a thoughtful reflection or … Continue reading

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Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis (Prairie Racerunner), 02 July 2007

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I’ve got two posts lined up for today. This, the first, does not feature a very good photograph, but it is a subspecies I’ve yet to recognize on Dust Tracks. This is the prairie racerunner, Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis, photographed in … Continue reading

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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma; 08 July 2007

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We’re going to shift gears here on Dust Tracks for the next few days. Mid-July is going to be a busy, busy run here on the geophysical homefront. I’ve got an annual party to attend in Tallahassee this weekend, the … Continue reading

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AK2FL One Year Later: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma

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Five photographs from New Mexico to Oklahoma one-year-after the cross-continent summer trip of 2011. These photographs were originally processed with Apple’s Aperture application and have been heavily edited with Snapseed on the iPad for this post. Original live-blog posts from … Continue reading

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Nerodia erythrogaster transversa (Blotched Watersnake), 10 June 2004

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Unlike the 2007 youngster I featured here, this is –quite positively– a blotched watersnake, Nerodia erythrogaster transversa, an adult. Adults are often much easier to positively identify than youngsters. The blotched watersnake is a subspecies designation of the plainbelly watersnake, … Continue reading

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Nerodia rhombifer (Diamondback Watersnake, juvenile) in Norman, Oklahoma; 06 July 2007

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NOTE: This post was substantially updated on Friday 10 May 2013. This is, I believe, a juvenile Diamondback watersnake, Nerodia rhombifer. The youngster was creeping about a small residential creek in Norman, Oklahoma — not far from William Morgan Park (a … Continue reading

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Nerodia rhombifer (Diamondback Watersnake) with VIDEO, 07 July 2007

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Way back in the caveman days of May 2011, I published a post on Dust Tracks featuring a single photograph of this snake: the diamondback watersnake, Nerodia rhombifer. Nowadays, I tend to publish multi-image posts, often with just a dash more … Continue reading

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Anaxyrus americanus charlesmithi (Dwarf American Toad), 02 July 2007

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The Dwarf American Toad, Anaxyrus americanus charlesmithi, is a diminutive subspecies of the American toad, Anaxyrus americanus. Reaching lengths up to about 6 cm, the Dwarf American toad is similar to its slightly larger cousin in many regards. These images … Continue reading

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Acris blanchardi (Blanchard’s Cricket Frog), 02 July 2007

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We begin another amphibious micro-tour on Dust Tracks with a new species for the blog, a diminutive little cricket frog quite abundant in Oklahoma: Acris blanchardi, Blanchard’s cricket frog. This individual was photographed along the edge of the Canadian River … Continue reading

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The June 2011 Drive from Alaska to Florida

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In June of 2011, I drove solo from Anchorage, Alaska to Mt. Dora, Florida, taking the long way and cutting south through Utah and Arizona before finally heading east. I drove 7221 miles in 15 days in my beloved 1998 … Continue reading

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Day 14, Mile 5859: Red Rock Canyon State Park, Oklahoma

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13 June 2011 @ 3:38 pm CDT (5859 miles). I just spent an hour trekking around the box canyon trail of Red Rock Canyon State Park. I’d hoped to find a blotched watersnake down in the creek bed, but it’s … Continue reading

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Day 14, Mile 5754: Oklahoma

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13 June 2011 @ 12:30 pm CDT (5754 miles). I’ve crossed over the Oklahoma state line — and that means I’m back home. Back to my second home, at least. Second only to Florida, Oklahoma is where I’ve spent most … Continue reading

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Eastern collared lizard, Crotaphytus collaris (2004)

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This is my favorite lizard found in Oklahoma: the Eastern collared lizard, Crotaphytus collaris. They’re also regionally known as mountain boomers (though I don’t know why exactly). Eastern collareds are quite common throughout much of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge … Continue reading

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Nerodia rhombifer (Diamondback watersnake), 2007

This is the Thunderdome of North American watersnakes: the diamondback watersnake, Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer. It’s a large, robust and non-venomous watersnake found throughout much of central United States. With strongly keeled scales and deep red eyes, it’s a sight to … Continue reading

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Nerodia erythrogaster transversa (Blotched watersnake), 2004

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We’re less than thirty days from our departure out of Anchorage… and I’m starting to find myself chomping at the bit for snakes. When it comes to snakes, I’m a bit of a freak. I love ‘em. Just love ‘em. … Continue reading

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Plains bison, Bison bison bison (2007)

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In the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge of southern Okahoma, there is a group of a little more than five hundred plains bison, Bison bison bison, roaming the land. The plains bison is one of two recognized subspecies of the American … Continue reading

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A Red Rock in Oklahoma

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Not surprisingly, I’m thinking about the June 2011 drive from Alaska to Florida this morning… I’m glad as hell that I’ll get to spend some time in Oklahoma on this drive, though I do wish there were a couple more … Continue reading

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June 2011: The Plan

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On 01 June 2011, I leave Anchorage and begin my two and a half week road trip to Florida, where I’ll meet up with Mumpower and Kid A at my folks’ house in Lake County. They’re flying separately to Florida, … Continue reading

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