North and east of Tulsa is the Redbud Valley Nature Preserve. The park is in a valley and consists of rugged trails and a few very steep cliffs. Limestone cliffs provide an excellent habitat for a variety of wild animals, and a challenging hike for the adventurous. Many of the trees found in Redbud are similar to ones found in the Ozark Mountains such as Columbine and Dutchman’s Breeches. This nature preserve is a wonderful place to sit and ponder, sketch or, of course, hike. I took this picture of my daughter on the bluff trail, where the north facing boulders loom over the hillside.