Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oasis in Iraq

My son David brought this photo back from Iraq.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Macro Monday - Hungry Koi Fish

The Koi in the pond at Philbrook Art Center are quite accustomed to being feed a handful of crumbs tha;t when a visitor stops to look at the fish they hurry over and get into position for a treet.  They look exceptionally well fed but still, one hates to disappoint such a lovely fish..

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

SOOC - The King of Beasts

Tulsa has a nice zoo located in Mohawk Park north of the city.   Our big African Lion is looking regal as always.

Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) is a meme for photos that have not been tweaked or altered. In other words, straight out of the camera.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Indoor Pool at Hearst Castle

In October of 2004 we visited Hearst Castle while in Monterrey visiting out son Paul and his wife Beth.  They took us to the spectacular Hearst Castle, built by newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.  This is one view of the indoor swimming pool.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Desert Sunrise

My son David just came home from a visit to Iraq with the Oklahoma Air Guard.  While he was there he took a few photos that he shared with me.  It is very seldom that I post a photo that is not my own but I think this sunrise is exceptional.  Thank you Sgt Miller.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday Challenge: Soft - Purple Fountain Grass

I really like ornamental grasses, but I have never planted any in my flower beds.  I resolve to remedy that.  These were part of the beautiful Cantigny Gardens in St. Louis.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Midtown Doors

What interested me most about this handsome old house was the neatly trimmed ivy around the windows.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Macro Monday - Wee Wren Walks

My newest granddaughter little Miss Wren Miller is walking already and not quite 10 months old.   Of course we think she is very advanced.  The family gathered today to greet David on his return from Iraq and everyone was encouraging Wren as she tottered from one person to another.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Weekend Black and White - Under the Sassafras Trees

My neighbor across the street.  The bright yellow leaves look almost white when converted to monochrome.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

He's Baaaack! Welcome home Dave.

My son David came back from Iraq Friday.  He arrived at the base on a military charter just in time for a specially thankful Thanksgiving.  His wife Renee and I were there to greet him.  

Friday, November 18, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Clouds over the Arkansas

Changeable weather seems to be the rule in Oklahoma.  It is never boring.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Autumn Leaves of Red and Gold

In spite of drought and terrible heat last summer the trees are ablaze with fall color.  Here is just a sample.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Midtown Doors

Could be Elves here, or maybe Hobbits.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - The Last Roses of Summer

Despite our dry summer the recent rain has invigorated the Tulsa Rose Garden and it is a riot of bloom.  We may have roses for several more weeks but frost is coming.  We have to enjoy it while we can.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Macro Monday - Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee on a purple Cone flower.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekend Black and White - Lunch with Miss Wren

I had the distinct pleasure of sharing lunch with my youngest granddaughter Miss Wren Alston Miller on Friday noon.  Her daddy and mommy were with us and it was nice to see Luke and Cara again. We enjoyed some fishy treats at the White River Fish Market.  At 9 months of age Wren is on the verge of walking without assistance and seems to have figured out that if she smiles a lot the world is her oyster. She is a darling.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Weekend Reflection - Lake at Cantigny Gardens

One of the small lakes at the Cantigny Gardens near St. Louis.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Come Rain or Come Shine

We are finally getting our share of rain.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Woodward Park

November in Woodward Park, Tulsa


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Macro Monday - Water Lily

Water Lily in Philbrook reflecting pond

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Weekend Reflections - Philbrook Gardens

The lake in the garden behind the Philbrook Art Museum is beautiful at any time from any angle. 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Downtown Tulsa West to East

The Downtown Tulsa Skyline from West to East.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday Challenge: Creative - My Son Adam

Adam is my eldest son and a very creative guy.  He does marketing and advertising for an upscale Resort/Spa/Restaurant so he is creative for a living.  But being creative is just naturally part of who he is.

He is an excellent cook and excels in a variety of styles to include Italian, Cajun, Chinese, and has become something of a Sushi Chef.  It has been awhile since I have sampled some of his Sushi and would enjoy it again sometime - soon.  (hint, hint)

He loves music and has been known to play trumpet, tuba, fiddle and guitar.  Not content to just play a guitar he has constructed several.  My favorite is made from a large cigar box.  The tone is a bit thin but it plays well and has a unique appearance.  Actually he plays quite well with some friends on Saturday night and at his church on Sunday morning.

When the ageing family dachshund injured his back and was unable to walk Adam fashioned a little cart to support his hind quarters,  The dog happily scooted around as quickly as before.  I could give many other examples of how how is creative in a very practical way.  Adam is a clever fellow, a good dad to his two lovely daughters, and I am very proud of him.  I am proud of all 3 of my sons of course but today is Adam's turn in the spotlight.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Christmas Trees Already?

This was taken last week in our local Walmart Super Center.  When the Christmas trees go up for sale at the Walmart you know that Halloween can't be far away.

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Wednesday Doors - Ready for Halloween

Midtown Home all decorated for Halloween.  This is prime trick or treat territory.  They truck kids in by the hundreds to haul in the goodies.  Um yum!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - The Trees are Turning

After the hot dry summer I was afraid that we would not have good color this fall but the trees that show color early in the season are looking good.

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