Son Paul and wife Beth at the Santa Cruz beach from our visit in 2003 when they lived in Monterrey, California. Paul is career Navy and has managed to be stationed in places that are fun to visit. Very thoughtful of him.
This larger than life bronze sculpture resides in Cyrus Avery Plaza next to the Route 66 arch I posted last weekend. Along the back of the plaza are the flags of the eight states through which Route 66 passes. They are, from west to east, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.
This is the maple tree in front of my house. A sharp freeze last week has brought color to trees all over Tulsa. We are having a beautiful autumn. When the wind blows the leaves fall in a technicolor rain.
When summer's burning heat at last is over, and autumn rains again refresh the earth. There is a burst of life which like a nova hurls out the light that precedes icy death.
The wind boils leaves in heaven's flashing cauldron an endless stream of color swirls and falls, and reveals Seurat's dappled vision, a patchwork quilt that flows and covers all.
That which spring began and summer nurtured, at autumn's end must safe be stored inside. With winter's cold the cycle's finally ended. Tender life digs deep, flies south, or dies.
At last comes winter's quiet time which brings all life's return in resurrection spring.
Ten years ago we visited Sue's son Paul and his family in Monterrey, California, and enjoyed the Monterrey Aquarium. Next month we will visit him again in Eastern Maryland which is next door to Washington DC and the many museums of the Smithsonian Institute. Paul is a career officer in the Navy having graduated from the Naval Academy in 1998. He has been considerate enough to be stationed in a number of interesting places over the last 15 years so that we can enjoy some great visits with him and his beautiful wife and two lovely children. In between our visits on both coasts of the US, we have visited them in Japan, and in South Korea. He has been very considerate that way. We are hoping for Europe next time.
We have had some frosty nights this past week and the trees have burst into their Autumn color. We had a lot of rain this summer and the colors are intense. I really love the big Maples whose leaves turn from green to yellow to orange to dark red, and sometimes display them all on the same tree.
View of Tulsa from the top of the Cityplex Tower. From the 60th floor the tower is 648 feet high. It was opened in 1981 as the Oral Roberts University hospital complex originally named "The City of Faith". The top floor of the center tower affords a commanding view of a large area. Downtown Tulsa is seen due north and just right of center. Sand Springs is seen on the left, and Sapulpa is visible just off the photo to the west. Broken Arrow is off the photo to the east, and Jenks and Bixby are behind to the south.
Downtown Tulsa is 8.5 miles due north of the Cityplex Towers
The Cityplex Towers, 60 floors and 648 feet high. It is the 3rd tallest building in Oklahoma. For more see HERE.