Panoramas in the Parks

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National and State Parks and Monuments offer great opportunities for panoramic photography (QTVR and otherwise). I have assembled this collection from our travels around the USA.

I have organized them by alphabetically by state and park name.

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OKLAHOMA

Blue Whale Park - Catoosa

The Catoosa Blue Whale parking area shows the buildings that housed concessions and an animal
reptile kingdom when the Blue Whale was new.The most intrigueing is shaped like a ship
(it has been referred to as an Ark). The closed Arrowoods Trading Post can be seen across 66. ('07)

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Just inside the Catoosa Blue Whale Park, the entry building and the laveratories stand out.
The Blue Whale itself can be seen down in the lake. ('07)

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The Catoosa Blue Whale in all of its Glory. The flippers served as water slides and the tail was a
diving platform. Inside the head there is asecond story with views out the port-holes. The picnic
area furniture is all molded out of concrete and is in amazing condition. ('07)

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A view from the middle of the Catoosa Blue Whale's back. If you look carefully,
you can see a turtle and numerous fish in the shallows. ('08)

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A view from inside of the Catoosa Blue Whale. You can see there is a second floor and the flippers were slides.
I guess you could call this the 'Jonah Eye View'. ('08)

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A view from inside the Catoosa Blue Whale's mouth. Now you know how Jonah felt. ('08)
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A view of the Catoosa Blue Whale water park picnic area.
The picnic tables and chairs are all painted cast concrete. ('08)

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Galloway Totem Pole County Park
(East of Foyle)

Totem Pole Park, while located a ways off of 66, is one of those places linked to 66 that you must visit. ('07)
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These totems are made out of concrete and are quite intricate. This one is the tallest totem in the world,
over 90' tall. The molded designs are complemented by bright colors and are well maintained.
The park was built in the 40's by Ed Galloway, an industrial arts teacher from Tulsa. ('07)

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The totem motif continues with the workshop that now serves as the park gift shop. ('07)
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There are many smaller totems and other memerobilia spread throughout the Totem Pole Park grounds. ('07)
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Totem Pole Park also has a picnic area (this shot is from on top of one of the tables) and walking trails.
If nothing else it is a definite photo-op stop. ('07)

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A newer QTVR of Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park. There were quite a few people checking the park out
and there were a lot of maintenance people cleaning and mowing too. ('08)

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A newer QTVR of the Totem Pole Park with Ed Galloway's workshop
(now converted into the park museum and gift shop). ('08)

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Inside of the Totem Pole Park Museum and Gift Shop. Each violin is made from a different type of wood. ('08)
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Another view taken of the inside of the Totem Pole Park Museum and Gift Shop.
Mr Galloway was a very prolific person producing hundreds of intricate
wood folk art items in addition to the massive totem poles. ('08)

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