Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Hot Rod Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang Sportsroof Coupe, chrome wheels and flame treatment.  I am guessing at the year and model and Don't know what is under the hood.  Tell me if I got it wrong.  I spotted this in our Walmart parking lot and snapped a picture.  Whoever owns this car should be proud.  It is a fine classic Mustang.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Macro Monday - Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle, variety Red Rocket.   These are planted on two sides of the deck in our back garden.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Jigsaw Puzzle - Baby Shower for Avery

Our young friends Mike and Amber are expecting their second child in about a month.  Their families and friends had a nice baby shower for them.  Since this is number 2 the theme was more humorous than sentimental.  The new baby will be a boy and they plan to name him Avery.  Number 1 son Gavin will be a big brother and have to share the spotlight with the new guy.  Gavin helped with opening the shower gifts which were mostly little outfits and lots and lots of diapers.

Mike's sister Rosie is a Registered Nurse and had a special gift for brother Mike. It was a special Hazmet Suit to be used for those really scary brown diapers. It was complete with surgical gown, gloves, cap, face mask with eye shield, and special apron with the inscription Stand Back, Professional at work! Mike was a good sport and modeled it for everyone but reminded us that since Gavin is 3 1/2 Mike has had plenty of "hands on" experience with brown diapers.

Pardon the quality of the photos but all I had with me was my old iPhone. These are just for fun snapshots, and the shower was definitely lots of fun.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekend Reflections in Black & White

The Williams Center in downtown Tulsa is a high rise mirror reflecting a different view from every angle.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Blue Sky over the Bridge

Built in 1932, the 21st Street Bridge connects the east and west sides of the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Theme Thursday - Equal: Equilateral Triangle

The Thursday Theme for this week is "Equal".  This suggested an equilateral triangle to me, and in turn the ancient Christian symbol of The Holy Trinity going back to at least the year 1210.  The beautiful stained glass below  was printed on the front of our church's Sunday service bulletin last Trinity Sunday.  I am the drummer for our music ministry and thought the symbol would look nice on one of the djembe drums I use.  I copied the window to the drum using indelible Sharpie pens.  It is a little crude but decorative.

The symbol is known as the Shield of the Trinity and is a traditional Christian visual symbol which expresses many aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity, summarizing the first part of the Athanasian Creed in a compact diagram. In late medieval England and France, this emblem was considered to be the heraldic arms of God (and of the Trinity).   The link is to Wikipedia and may be of interest to some of you.

Another Tulsa blogger, "Tour in a Radio Car" has posted additional historical information about the significance of "The Shield of the Trinity" that is worth reading.  

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Mid- Continent Elevator Doors

Elevator Doors in the lobby of the Mid-Continent Building, 401 South Boston Avenue, Tulsa.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - QuikTrip

Tulsa is home to the QuikTrip chain of convenience stores.  Convenience stores have become common in most places and there is a lot of competition in this specialty marketplace.  In this area QuikTrip is the dominate player.  They are well located, clean, and the staff is well trained and courteous.  They seem to have a good selection of the necessities and they are open 24 hours a day.  The prices are reasonable, and locally they to set the price for gasoline.  Initially they just served Tulsa but now have spread to 9 surrounding states.  They do a good job.  When we travel out of their area we miss them.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Jigsaw Puzzle -Mendenhall Glacier

Susan and I enjoyed a Prairie Home Companion Cruise up to the Canadian Maritimes in July of 2006. The cruise was hosted by Garrison Keiller and all the musicians from the weekly show on National Public Radio,  We had a wonderful time.  It has been so hot for the past month that I hope that the sight of an expanse of frozen ice might look pretty good right now.  Keiller and Company are hosting a 2 day event  September 24–26, 2010 in St.Paul, their home town.  We are thinking about attending.  It would be great if some of our readers could join us.  Information is HERE.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekend Reflections - Citiplex Towers

The CityPlex Towers is a complex of three triangular buildings. The central tower is 60 stories, the East tower 20 stories, the West tower 30 Stories. Built near 81st and Lewis in 1981 as the City of Faith by evangelist Oral Roberts, it operated as a medical center and school for 8 years. Since 1989 it has leased space to a number of services, primarily medical offices.  The  mirrored glass on the lower section makes for striking reflections.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Skywatch Friday - B&W Weekend

A Big Sky looks as impressive in black and white as in color, don't you think?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Theme Thursday - Brush: Where's My Squirrel?

When Smokey sees a squirrel in our back yard he tries his best to catch it but they are too quick for him.  Pit Bulls have enough speed but not enough acceleration.  By the time he gets up to speed the squirrel has disappeared into the vine covered brush that covers our fence and Smokey is left wondering where it went.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Doors: Wright Elementary

The front doors to Tulsa's Wright Elementary.  The school is round like the propeller on the Wright brother's first airplane.  Our grandson Willy starts 5th grade here next week.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Red Daylily

Here in honor of Ruby Tuesday is a nice red daylily.  There are a zillion varieties of daylily and I have no idea which one this is, but it is striking.  I like daylilies.  They are hardy, colorful and can be depended on to bloom every summer no matter what the weather.  If allowed to leaf out completely after blooming they can be depended on to bloom again the next summer.

It is a little known fact that daylilies are edible and nutritious.  If you are adventurous, try this:

Daylily Bud Sauté

2 dozen daylily buds                                   1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup olive oil                                           3 eggs
dash of nutmeg                                             salt and pepper
I clove garlic, finely minced

Cut the base off the buds. Sauté the garlic in a small amount of olive oil. Beat eggs and mix enough flour to make a thin batter. To this add the sautéed garlic, 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and the dash of nutmeg. Add a teaspoon of milk if the batter is too thick. dip the buds in the batter and sauté until a golden brown consistency.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Macro Monday - Yellow Coneflower

One out of a large bed of Yellow Coneflowers at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Weekend Reflections & Jigsaw - Arboretum Gift Shop

Gift Shop, Morton Arboretum, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Birthday Girls

Our granddaughter Molly and her Great-Grandmother Marjorie share a birthday. On August 12 Molly was 12 years old and Marjorie was 91. Susan prepared a nice birthday lunch and we wished the girls a Happy Birthday. We surprised Molly with the gift any 12 year old girl would be delighted to receive; her very own cell phone. Not just any cell phone but one designed for sending text messages, qwerty keyboard and all.

We handed her the package nicely gift wrapped. While she was opening it the telephone began to ring. "Hurry and open it up -- answer your phone!" She was surprised and very pleased. She showed the phone to Great-gramma who tried to answer it. "Hellooo? Hellooo?"

Friday, August 13, 2010

Skywatch Friday - And the Sky Goes On Forever

On our recent drive up to Chicago we chased a sky full of thunderheads. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Theme Thursday - "Palm": Tamil up a Palm Tree

Tamil tribesman of southern India climbing Palm tree.  
Sculpture by Malvina Hoffman in Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois.  The theme for this Thursday is "Palm", palm tree, palm of the hand, whatever.  A link for more Theme Thursdays is below.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Doors to Ballet Rehearsal Facility

Rehearsal facility for the Tulsa Ballet.  The building reflected in the doors of the ballet facility is the Brookside Branch Library whose doors were featured a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Behemoth

Behemoth (definition) - Something abnormally large and powerful, e.g. the Hummer.
Originally built as a rugged all terrain vehicle for the US military, it enjoyed a macho reputation after the Desert Storm exercise in the early 1990s.  As a rugged military vehicle it did a good job.  Called "Humvees", they were originally built by AM General Corporation, which was formerly AMC-Jeep's General Products division. 

The macho image of a Hummer has a certain appeal to the status conscious driver with plenty of money to spend.  In 1992, AM General began selling a civilian version to the public under the brand name "Hummer". In 1998, AM General sold the brand name to General Motors, but continued to manufacture the vehicles. GM was responsible for the marketing and distribution of all Hummers produced by AM General.  Shortly thereafter, GM introduced two new homegrown models, the H2 and H3, and renamed the original vehicle H1.  

The Hummer had its day in the sun but by 2009 the practical limitations of its size, safety, and fuel economy outweighed its allure as a muscle car.  There were numerous attempts to find a buyer for Hummer but it was not able to survive the bankruptcy of General Motors, and by early 2010 it passed into history.  Wikipedia has a a good article on the Hummer if you are interested.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Macro Monday - Carpenter Bee

Another photo from the Contigny Gardens in Wheaten Illinois.  I feasted on photo opportunities while we were up there last week.  

I originally posted this as a Bumble Bee but after some online research will have to correct myself.  Carpenter Bees are quite large and resemble Bumble Bees but have a shiny black abdomen  where Bumble Bees are covered in black and yellow hair.  While I realize that very few readers will give a flip what sort of bee this is, I like to be accurate where I can.  Thank you for your patience.

Several of you asked what sort of macro lens I used for some of these photos. The camera I use is a Canon SX20 IS. While not an SLR, it has a 20X zoom lens which is the 35mm equivalent of 28-560mm and a resolution of 12.1 Megapixels. This gives me the capability of an SLR with multiple lenses at a cost under $400.

As some of you already know I am mobility challenged and take most of my photographs either from my automobile or from a power wheelchair.  The Canon 20X allows me to shoot what looks like closeups from distances of 10 feet or more.  This bumblebee shot was taken from my power chair at a distance of about 3 feet simply by zooming in on it.  If I need to be closer there is a macro setting that will allow me to really get close.  However, feeding insects will not generally hold still for that sort of business.

The zoom lets me get pretty close and the 12 Megapixel resolution will let me get by with a certain amount of cropping to get in even closer to the center of interest.  Once the images are on my PC I use Paint.net for cropping and adjusting the exposure and color saturation.  A hard core photographer might use Photoshop but Paint.net is free.  Need I say more?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Jigsaw Puzzle - Contigny Gardens

I really love this place.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Weekend Reflections - Cantigny Center

The Visitor's Center at the Cantigny Gardens has a glass floor.  Beneath the glass is a scale model of the garden.

The whole of Cantigny park covers 500 acres.  Besides the botanical gardens there is a military museum, picnic and camping areas, and a golf course and restaurant.  This is all laid out to scale beneath the glass floor.  I'm sure the floor is capable of supporting a good deal of weight, however, I skirted the edges just to be safe.

The park includes a veterans memorial and military museum with vintage tanks and canons.   In the gift shop Willy found a toy rifle and helmet that he could not live without.  He struck appropriate poses and asked for pictures.  Willy makes a good soldier.

We saw a lot this week but if I were to name a favorite thing it would be this park.  Perhaps the most surprising thing about it is that the admission was only $5.00 per car for parking.  Quite a bargain.  Thank you Mr. McCormick.  The park is just outside of Chicago in Wheaton, Illinois.  To read about this fine park look HERE.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Skywatch Friday - St Louis Arch

The Gateway Arch, also known as the Gateway to the West.
Last weekend on our way home from Chicago we enjoyed this view of St. Louis, Missouri and the Arch as we crossed the Mississippi River from East St. Louis, Illinois.

The Gateway Arch was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, and has become the iconic image of the city of St. Louis. It was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. It is 630 feet (192 m) wide at its base and stands 630 feet (192 m) tall, making it the tallest monument in the United States, Construction started on February 12, 1963, and ended on October 28, 1965. The monument opened to the public on July 10, 1967.  The interior is hollow with trams on either side to take visitors to an observation area at the top.  As usual, Wikipedia has an excellent article on the Gateway Arch with good photos of the interior and the view from the top.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Theme Thursday - The Color Brown: Waxaklahun

Stone monument celebrating Waxaklahun Ubah K'awil, 13th ruler of Maya city of Copan, circa 695 CE.  From the Ancient Americas exhibit, Field Museum, Chicago.  The exhibit fascinated me because I had no idea that the early civilizations of North and South America were so complex and advanced.  Now I plan to read more about these early civilizations.  If you are interested in an example see HERE.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - As the World Turns

At the Morton Arboretum is a large stone globe of the earth that rests on a column of water which lifts it just enough so that it can be made to rotate.  These youngsters are debating which direction it should turn.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Trumpet Vine

The common Trumpet Vine thrives in rough conditions.  It makes a hardy plant for a fence, a wall, or an arbor.  But it can grow too rank and be difficult to control.  Even a rose can be a weed if it grows in a corn field.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Macro Monday - Tiger Swallowtail

The Tiger Swallowtail.is one of the most beautiful butterflies to be found in the United States.  This is a male.  The female would show a band of blue between the black margin and the main yellow area of the lower wing.

Sue and I arrived back in Tulsa about 6:00 this evening and deposited Molly and Will back with Sue's daughter and son-in-law.  We were all pleased to be home and back to familiar beds.  We had a very nice week.  Sue was surrounded by six of her grandchildren and I was able to take an embarrassing number of excellent photographs which I will be happy to share with you as the days go by

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CDPB Theme - Bright Colors: Japanese Beetle

The first day of each month there is a theme for all City Daily Photo Blogs.  Tulsa Gentleman is a City Daily Photo Blog for Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The theme for August is "Bright Colors".  This little Japanese Beetle is munching on a yellow marigold.  A light sprinkle of rain left little drops of water to reflect the colors.  He may be a pest but at least he dresses well..

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