Windmills at sunset

Western Oklahoma in Photos, Part IV

Photo Essay, Photography, USA
Wichita Mountains

Old stone house in the Wichita Mountains.

Gloss Mountain flowers

Sunflowers in Gloss Mountain State Park.

Church steeple

Rhea, Oklahoma.


Sunflowers near Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Confederate Flag

Woodward, Oklahoma.

classic diner

Thomas, Oklahoma.

Beef. Its what's for dinner.

Beef. Its what’s for dinner.

No trespassing sign

Weatherford, Oklahoma.


Seen in Woodward.

Windmills at sunset

Windmills at sunset near Weatherford.

Dead Woman's Crossing

“Dead Woman’s Crossing” near Weatherford.

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Seen near Vici.

VFW Woodward Oklahoma

VFW in Woodward

Let’s finish off this series with a few black and white shots.

storm black white

Summer storm near Weatherford

Cooperton Baptist Church

Cooperton Baptist Church

black white oklahoma

An abandoned station in Watonga

Thomas, Oklahoma

Thomas, Oklahoma

Wichita Mountains black and white

Wichita Mountains

This concludes my series of photos from Western Oklahoma. Thanks to everyone who took the time to look at these photos and comment.

Next, I’ll be writing about my three-week trip to Japan in June.

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28 thoughts on “Western Oklahoma in Photos, Part IV”

  1. Mechelle Andrews says:

    The shot of hay for sale st Vici is my uncle’s place.

    Wish you had cropped out the Carly B graffiti.

    Your photography is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ha, that is awesome. I saw that hay and turned around to get it. It just struck me as interesting.

      I left the graffiti because this series focuses a lot on the human aspect of the area, and I thought the ugly graffiti juxtaposed to the beautiful river told a story. I know it is offensive, but that is part of what I wanted to show.

      Thank you for following along and for the comments.

  2. The stone house and the sunflowers are definitely my favorites. Love the b/w. They change the entire dynamic of the images. This has been a great series!

    • I initially thought about shooting it in Black and White, but the color is so rich in many places and is a subject on its own. I do like some of them in B and W. Thank you for your comments!

  3. I was relishing all that color (and great light), but the black-and-whites are just as (maybe even more) evocative. Those sunflowers are really amazing!

    • During the summer there is excellent color in the countryside with flowers and blue skies. I found that the winter light can be even better because there is a softness to it. Thanks for your comments.

  4. A fantastic photo essay, Jeff. You present a variety of images that tell a compelling story. I enjoyed every one…the colors are rich and then you end with the monochromes that are perfect for the subjects. The Woodward images, the B&W windmills, the monochrome silos and the sunflower field are terrific.

    • Thank you Jane. It means a lot coming from a talented photographer like you. I had many sunny days with rich, blue skies. I really enjoyed seeking out the color and contrast.

  5. Marilyn says:

    Loved ALL the pictures in your Oklahoma series. I’ve been through there many times. Your photos remind me of the changing times. I hope Oklahoma gets revitalization soon. Many thanks for sharing.

  6. Once again a wonderful collection Jeff. The sunflowers!
    Your pictures evoke a land of hardship, for some reason loneliness, and intolerance. It’s the feeling I get, and despite the beauty would probably not venture there.

  7. Somehow I would have never thought of wind power in oil country. Great shots, especially the sunflowers and the B/W.

  8. Glad you are posting more of this collection of photos. They are so dramatic and evocative. I LOVE love the sunflower photo. I am also partial to the ones of the wind turbines. I can never understand the people that think these are ugly and invasive. I think they are quite beautiful and of course, seeing them working is indicative of so much more than just their beauty. Like that you included as well some black and white shots.


    • I am from one of the windiest places in the country and in the last 15 years wind farms have sprouted up everywhere. We must have clean, renewable energy like this to supply our needs.

      The fields of sunflowers in the summer are quite stunning, it is just hard to find a hilly patch in order to show the depth. I am happy you liked it.


  9. So much to love in this one Jeff – they’re all wonderful. You’ve truly captured the spirit of the area. Your perspective and composition on the Weatherford sunflowers is simply perfection!

  10. Well the sunflowers steak the show for me Jeff. The windmill image is brilliant. I’ve never thought about going to Oklahoma but your series definitely puts it in the radar.

    • I’ve seen some photographers from rural Canada and it is a similar feel, especially with many of the houses. Those areas were probably settled about the same time.

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