Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
My jonquils along the back fence are in full bloom. These are the King Alfred variety. I planted these about 3 years ago and they keep spreading.
The little purple flowers in the grass are Henbit. They are a nuisance weed, but pretty when they bloom as they are one of the first things to come up in the spring. They don't like heat and will die back when summer comes then reappear next spring. In the meantime they get mowed like the rest of the lawn.
Crocus and Jonquils are blooming and early Magnolias and Tulip trees are ablaze. With luck we will avoid another hard freeze and slide into spring. I'm ready!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
"Utica Place" at 21st and Utica which in my mind bears a striking resemblance to Brueghel's painting.
This interesting building is quite new, just finished in the last year. Utica Place is a mixed-use, 10-story tower and covered parking garage combining both office and living space. The upper 4 floors are made up of 12 luxury Penthouse Apartments . This would be a fabulous place to work or live.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I spent a frustrating day getting Susan's car serviced and fitted with new tires so she can drive to St Louis tomorrow to see about her daughter and family. Which is to say that I have no new pictures to share. So I will share an old one. I have been using Paint.Net to work over some photos taken on my last trip to England and France in 2000. I always wanted to do something special with this picture of the Notting Hill Station and I like the look of an ink and wash. What do you think?
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Yesterday my friend Micki posted a wonderful photo of people fishing in a lovely neighborhood pond they enjoy. (See it HERE) I remarked that it looked like someting that was painted by a French impressionist. Then I began to wonder if there were some photographic manipulation software that would render a photograph to resemble a painting. It did not take long for me to discover that Paint.Net can do just that. Above are several examples. Give it a try. Get Paint.Net free by clicking HERE
Saturday, February 21, 2009
After short rest back at our house to let Smokey greet Sarah and get his ears rubbed a bit, we took her to Philbrook Art Museum to see the exhibet on American Photography which is on loan from the Eastman Gallery. Sarah had not visited Philbrook before, so after seeing the photographs we took a quick look at some of the rest of the museum. The building itself is a work of art.
My beautiful granddaughter Sarah was 14 on January 30. Today we belatedly brought her over for a special day with us. We picked her up this morning at her home in Wagoner and brought her to visit us in Tulsa.
Friday, February 20, 2009
It is served with a selection of side dishes and rice, of course. On the side plate is cucumber kinchi, chop chae, spinach, bean sprouts, stir fried cuttlefish, and a few slices of sushi. I love Korean food. It is a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. Very delicious.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I guess when the most exciting thing we do all week is go to the grocery store it must mean we are getting old.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is the mate to the crazy male who constantly attacks his reflection in my windows. He must love her if he works so hard to keep away any rivals.
My new camera puts me much closer to the birds at my feeders. The cardinal is the same crazy one who had been attacking his reflection in my windows for over a year. Silly bird.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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While we are talking about software, I find Picasa very useful for straightening crooked photographs, and straighten my adjoining photos before using ZoomBrowser to stitch them.
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Another free tool which is very useful for working with photographs is Paint.Net. It is a good substitute for PhotoShop.
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This interesting little area is not 5 minutes away from our house. Today is grey and rather dreary but I took some pictures to share. It is really beautiful when the plants are green but it is still a nice area. Besides, my new camera came with some clever software that allows me to stitch several photos together in a panorama and I wanted to try that out.
Swan Lake is a historic district in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its borders consist of 15th Street to the North, Utica Street to the East, 21st Street to the South, and Peoria Avenue to the west.
At one time, Spring-fed Orcutt Lake was the watering hole for a ranch belonging to Colonel A. D. Orcutt, a member of Oklahoma's first legislature. In 1908, a group of developers led by Colonel Orcutt's son, Samuel A. Orcutt, purchased 25 acres (100,000 m2) in Orcutt Addition to build a park and an artificial lake. An amusement park, built by the lake in 1910, marked the end of the trolley line. Other park facilities included an enclosed dance pavilion, a swimming pool, and, later, a roller-coaster. There is no trace of any of this today. By 1917, Orcutt Lake Amusement Park had become a residential area and was renamed Swan Lake.
Two-story houses built around the lake from 1919 to the present represent a variety of architectural styles including Spanish, Georgian Revival and various interpretations honoring the swan. The remainder of the neighborhood is similar in scale. The Swan Lake area has more two- and three-story, 1920 to 1930 multi-family apartments and duplexes than any other residential area in Tulsa.
From time to time the lake is populated by swans, although they don't thrive here naturally. At the moment no swans are resident. although a number of ducks and geese have settled here.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Alan is probably the best friend I have ever had and is like a brother to me. Alan is the kind of friend who knows everything about you and loves you anyway. He is a busy guy and about the only time we can get together to catch up with each other is at breakfast.
Here is Mark and Elena with Moire 4, and Fiona 7. Calista is 2 and is hidden away in Mark's back pack.
Susan flew up to Chicago to visit her son Mark, daughter-in-law Elena and their 3 girls. They visited a museum in Milwaukie then came back for a party with a birthday cake for Calista who was 2. Susan emailed these pictures to me last evening and will fly back home to me tonight.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Although the sun sets behind the Arkansas river only a block or so from my house, I can't really walk over there because of the traffic on Riverside Drive. I have to drive down to 56th St or up to 31st where I can pull off on the west side. There are some better places to look west. I will save that for another time.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Of course this being Oklahoma we could get a foot of snow next week, but we will keep our fingers crossed.
Sue has flown up to Chicago for a granddaughter's birthday. She will have pictures when she returns. I took her out for Vietnamese food last night and we celebrated Valentine's Day early. She left very early this morning but when I got up I found a card and a box of chocolates in the kitchen for me. In the meantime Smokey will look after me.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I stopped by the Tulsa Garden Center again this afternoon and went inside. It is a beautiful old mansion with elegant fixtures and marble or hardwood floors.
I have been inside before for a flower show when it was full of tables and lovely plants to admire. Today it was almost empty and I realized that the downstairs is unfurnished except for the dining room and a small library. The upstairs is where all the bedrooms, now offices, are located. There is also a large reference library upstairs which is accessible by an elevator but I didn't take time to go up there. It always takes be a long time to look at a library.