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Thursday, August 8, 2013

For spacious skies--Oklahoma morning

"I will lift up mine eyes..." wrote the Psalmist.



He could have been writing about the skies of Oklahoma and the Great Plains, I thought, during a morning walk.
I can't take my eyes off the clouds, the light, the shadows, the constant change.
After a rain and cool front, everything is crisp. Mississippi Kites float through the air, cardinals chirp, other birdsong never stops. A breeze adds to the coolness and rustles leaves, some already falling. It's hard to believe it's August, and it won't last, but...
For now, the views lift up your spirits.

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