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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
I promised in yesterday’s blog post to give you some more
haiku and photos from the Travertine Nature Center in Sulpur, Oklahoma.
We didn’t go into the Nature Center itself this trip, but
visited it in the past. It’s small, but
has quite a bit of information about the natural habitat in the area and the
animals, fish, etc., that reside there.
The main attraction, though, is the hiking trails and the creek
itself. In the upper end of the creek, where
the two springs, Antelope Springs and Buffalo Springs, come bubbling out of the
ground, there are wide open easily navigated walking paths and also several
side loops that take you over more rugged ground.
Below the Nature Center, where the creek begins to fall in
several areas, creating pools, there are trails on both sides of the creek,
along with parking lots and picnic area.
This area was very busy on Sunday – a nice warm sunny day – with families
and couples picnicking and frolicking in the water. I’m sure the water was extremely cold, though
– I certainly didn’t test it!
Our previous visit was in November 2015, so it was a nice
treat to visit in the spring when everything was newly green.
Travertine Nature Trail
Travertine Creek flows.
sparkling springwater gushes
green rushes flow
blue dragonflies dance
If you are curious about writing haiku, I suggest reading Becoming a Haiku Poet. As you can see by my above attempts, I’m fairly decent with the “moment of keen perception and perhaps insight into nature or human nature” but have a long ways to go with in creating “a spark of energy” with juxtaposition. There’s no juxtaposition in my above efforts. I was too overwhelmed with intense joy in communing with nature at a glorious place and season to contemplate juxtapositions.