When I was a kid…..Part 1

Yes, I am that old now. Urgh, I don’t want to be but I’m starting to embrace it, I guess.

Remember the “Don’t Lay That Trash on Oklahoma” anti-littering campaign in the ’80’s? If you are not from Oklahoma you may not, so I guess this post is for all the Okies in the room.

Here is a link to the ODOT commercial spot used during the campaign.

We had a huge problem with littering in this state and to help, this campaign was developed to try and curb the littering. There is an article from Jan 31, 2015 by  Ginnie Graham, click here to read it, in the Tulsa World regarding the ODOT campaign and a few numbers covering cost for the state. When I would travel with my family on the turnpike or any other major highway there always seemed to be trash cans where you could dispose of your trash instead of throwing it out the window or dumping it somewhere. The efforts seemed to help, but with time it was allowed to fade away. I feel we have a growing litter and pollution problem again, I’m not saying the problem went away completely before, but at least the campaign kept attention on the issue. I think its a good idea to have reminders every once in a while to do the right thing. Like the big Oklahoma family I feel we are, we all need to do our parts to keep the house clean. So, “Don’t Lay That Trash on Oklahoma.”

Litter in the main pond at Centennial Park, Tulsa, OK


A Coors beer can floats in the water at the Centennial Park Tulsa, OK.

Anyways, one of the reasons I brought this up is because I’ve restarted an old photo project I began sometime ago. The project is about the watershed here in Tulsa and how interconnected we are as individuals and as a community to it and the rest of the water system. Littering is a big part of the pollution that we put into the water system but it is by far not the only part. The pond at Centennial Park is a part of the storm drainage system, as such it will collect debris and other pollutants from the surrounding area.

Non-Point and Point pollution are huge factors in how water is being polluted.

Non-Point Source Pollution, NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snow-melt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters. This disciption of NPS pollution is a brief breakdown of what it is, on the EPA site there is a more in depth definition.  This illustration from NOAA is a basic visualization of how NPS pollution works.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines point source pollution as “any single identifiable source of pollution from which pollutants are discharged, such as a pipe, ditch, ship or factory smokestack”

To see a current, happening right now, example of how our actions affect the environment all you have to do is look at what is going on in the Gulf Mexico this year. NOAA announced that this year’s dead zone is the biggest one ever measured. It covers 8,776 square miles — an area the size of New Jersey.

To be continued…


You are not finished until you are finished.

Today I was out working on a photo project.  I was shooting in a flood prevention drainage channel near where I live.  I found some images for my project and was trying to take advantage of that, and create one or two good ones that had power of message.  While shooting I was also watching these birds.  There were birds everywhere I was lucky enough to find a Kingfisher.  So after shooting I started to put my gear up when I realized that the kingfisher was still there. I got my camera back out and put my 200mm on and started to capture some images, hoping I could witness some nice behavior or something.  When I thought he was about to fly away he turned and began to crouch and walk back up stream a bit.  While he continued to walk all crouched over I realized he was stalking something.  I began to move slowly in, trying to cut the distance between him and myself down to get a better shot.  He stopped, so I stopped, he moved and I shot more images then I decided to stay put because I didn’t to spook him.  So snapping images as he moved around this little pool of water, he would pretend to walk from it then began to walk along the line of the pool while slowly closing in to the edge.  I thought to myself this was awesome, man I need longer and better glass.  Isn’t that always the case.  To make a long story short, he didn’t get what he was stalking, I think he was mislead by some trash that he mistook as prey, go figure.

So yes I almost missed this little gift, but I saw the opportunity and took the time to wait and I was rewarded with some cool images.  So you are not finished until you are finished.

Kingfisher, hunting prey.

This little guy was hunting what he thought was some prey in a storm drain. Unfortunately there was a lot of trash that I think he mistook as prey.

Unfortunately I missed identified this bird.  It is not a Kingfisher like I had previously thought, it is a Green Heron.  Thanks to a friend of mine that pointed it out to me, thanks Lisa.  I do need to brush up on my ornithology.