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Turner Falls Day Trip

On Mother’s Day we drove up into Oklahoma and visited Turner Falls Park.  It’s about an hour and a half trip up I-35 for us, and while the traffic usually sucks a good bit of the way (I-35 traffic is the pits no matter when you drive it), getting out of the city and seeing some country is well worth the trip.

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The main falls

Turner Falls is advertised as Oklahoma’s Largest Waterfall and is owned by the City of Davis.  It’s a very popular destination.  In fact, on peak summer days they actually close the park at times due to the number of visitors they can accept.   We don’t usually go during the busy summer months.

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Honey Creek flows through Turner Falls Park

Honey Creek flows through the park, creating the many falls.  The many natural (& some man-made) pools at Turner Falls Park are very popular swimming holes.  We thought the water was just a tad bit cold, but then we like our swimming water more like bath water!

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I love the shimmering greens!

I love this close-up of one of the smaller falls.  Above the falling water you can see the green reflection of the over-hanging trees and below the green is all the algae growing underneath the water.  So cool.

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Hard to believe you are looking through water.

Look at this – you can’t even tell you are looking through water.  I’m glad our swimming pool doesn’t have this growing in it!

There are many times a year when Turner Falls Park is closed due to high waters.  You have to drive through “low water” crossings twice to travel very far into the park and to the multiple camping areas. 

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Look at all those roots!

As you can see from these exposed tree roots, the high rushing waters can cause a lot of damage.  Sometimes the park is closed for extensive rebuilding of the roadways and even some of the man-made falls areas after torrential rains.

We have yet to do any actual hiking there. The trails are not built up and it bothers Bill’s knees to walk very far on uneven ground.  But it’s still a pleasant place to go and a good place to take wildflower photos.  I took several, which I will share in the near future.

Dallas Arboretum Flowers

As promised, here are a few (a very few!) select flower photographs from my May 4th visit to the Dallas Arboretum.

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Bromeliad growing in the rocks on the sides of a waterfall.
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Water lilies in one of the many pools of water.
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Columbine growing in one of the shady glens.
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Iris in the same shady glen.
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Another beautiful iris.
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Pink yarrow growing in the pollinator garden in the Children’s Area.
I loved all the different colors of yarrow in the children’s area and the pollinators did too!

Now that I have a membership to the Dallas Arboretum, I plan to go more often!

Dallas Arboretum Lovelies

The Dallas Arboretum is a wonderful place to visit – there is something for everyone. 

Formal Gardens

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A formal garden area with delphiniums, alyssum, and zinnias.
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Formal Garden

Water Features

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Fountain and pool near the entrance.
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Waterfall with bromeliads growing out of the rocks on the sides.

Textures

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Rock erosion at the bottom of a water feature.
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Looking through a sheet of water to the green trees beyond.

Greenery

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Hydrangeas in bloom.
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Red maple leaves and seeds.

Children’s Area

The children’s section includes a garden showcasing foods we eat – cereal grains, greens, vegetables, and a pollinator area to highlight the importance of pollinators in our food cycle.

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Buckwheat blossoms.
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Food garden with lettuces.

My favorites, of course, were the flowers, which I will share with you another day.

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