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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Oklahoma heat

Oklahoma Heat, watercolor, 7 by 7, 300# d'Arches
I drove south yesterday on the backroads as much as possible, starting at Newcastle, Blanchard, Dibble, Washington, looking for something to photograph. Not much at midday, just lots of hay bales, metal buildings, and houses on the edges of suburbia to Norman, Moore, OKC...I tried to come up with a new word, combining suburban and rural, but Rururbia and Subural just didn't work. It's out there someplace, in between.
Where it was however was 103 degrees under a bright sun. Not a lot of traffic, and I suspect most people were trying to stay indoors. Much of the color is gone from the landscape, except for the trees and greenery along the creek bottoms. I saw lots of cattle and horses, little more than shadows actually, sweltering away, trying to beat the heat in the shade of whatever trees were available. 
Oklahoma heat.

1 comment:

  1. I think you nailed south central Oklahoma in July.