Monday, October 31, 2011

Macro Monday - Jack-O- Lantern

My daughter in law Amber Foster did a bang up job of carving this halloween pumpkin using only a paring knife and a lot of determination.  I think she did a terrific job.  Happy Halloween!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekend Reflections - David's Beach

A favorite spot on Lake Fort Gibson near Wagoner, Oklahoma

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Welcome Rain

A rainy view of the Pedestrian Walk over the Arkansas River.  On the west bank is the Sun refinery

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sepia Scenes - 1960 Chevrolet

AThis 1960 Chevrolet sports the tail fins that are toned down just a bit from the gull wing fins of 1959.  I have trouble thinking of this as an old car since I graduated from high school in 1959.  But then again that was over 50 years ago.  I guess that qualifies it as some kind of a vintage car.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Doors - Aaxxon Inc.

Aaxxon Inc, 2014 E 6th Street, Tulsa

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

One of my neighbors has a nice garden and keeps some Bantam chickens in a pen  I drove by to see that the little rooster had gotten out and was all puffed up and strutting around like, well, like a "Banty" rooster. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yellow Bee on Yellow Flower

A yellow bee on a yellow flower,
     Gathering nectar by the hour,
          She hides it where we cannot see,
               How clever is the little bee.   (gwm)

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Black and White Weekend - Rain Frog

We had a long hot dry summer, but this weekend we had a long soaking rain.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Chainsaw Carving - Wild Horses

A beautiful new chainsaw carving has been completed at 34th Street and Riverside Drive.  I live just off of Riverside and have watched with admiration as this took shape over the summer.    The statue was commissioned by the property owner as a memorial to his niece who loved horses.  The artist is Richard Quick of Spavinaw, Oklahoma.  You might enjoy reading an interesting story about  it in the Tulsa World.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Tulsa Oktoberfest

The west side of the Arkansas River is the site of the 33rd annual Oktoberfest, a celebration of Tulsa's German-American community.  Under the many tents are found music, dancing, games, arts and crafts, and of course many varieties of beer and lots of good German food. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weekend Reflections - Two Young Lovers

Two young lovers and their faithful dog.  Well, I don't know that they are lovers but they seemed to be more interested in each other than in the dog.  They are walking their dog out onto the Arkansas River which could more accurately be called the Arkansas sandbar as the lack of rain has left it almost devoid of water.  Anyway, it is a beautiful day to be out and about and the sand looks solid enough. . We wish them luck.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Little Red Toyota

A sporty little red coupe that is easy on gas.  Just what the doctor ordered for 2011,

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Macro Monday - Betty Boop

I have planted a rose garden all in big pots and arranged them on the perimeter of the deck behind the house.  This summer was brutally hot and dry and I had to water every single day to keep them alive.  The heat scorched the blooms as soon as they started to open.  Now that we are shifting into autumn they are beginning to put on a show. 

When we visited Sue's brother last May we admired a 'Betty Boop' rose they had planted by their back door. I just had to have it. It is classified as a floribunda, semi-double, ivory-white flowers with red edges borne in clusters over a long period. They are mildly scented. New leaves are dark red, maturing to glossy green. We will enjoy this rose all summer long.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Bridges - 21st Street Bridge

The 21st Street bridge over the Arkansas River as seen from the terrace of the Blue Rose Cafe.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chainsaw Carving - Lighthouse

This house at 4104 South Norfolk has at least 2 interesting features. The first is the fine chainsaw carving of a lighthouse by Clayton Coss. The second is that the house itself is a kit home ordered from Sears, Roebuck and Company and assembled after delivery. This particular model is the "Westly". I have no date for the construction of this house but the picture is from a 1919 catalog.

Tulsa has quite a number of kit homes. I would guess that the availability of these houses coincided with the boom in housing during the 1920's when the growth of the oil industry spurred a rush of housing in Tulsa. If you are interested in knowing more about these kit homes see the excellent site Sears Modern Homes. and enter Tulsa in the search field.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa's Timeless Honky-Tonk

Cain's Ballroom is an historic music venue at 423 North Main in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Built in 1924 as a large garage it was soon to serve as a dance hall and prohibition speakeasy for Tulsa's nouveau oil rich.  By 1932 it was home to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, the pioneer of what became known as Western Swing. 

Because of the orientation of the iconic sign on top of the hall it is almost always photographed from the south.  When viewed from the north one sees the tall downtown buildings only a few blocks way.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Art Deco Station

Former 1930's era service station, now Greg's Auto Detail, East 6th Street and South Rockford Avenue.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Tulsa at Night

Main Street Tulsa on a Saturday night.

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Ruby Tuesday - Red Mandevilla

This is Mandevilla, a vigorous flowering vine.  With showy red flowers and glossy green foliage it should look great growing on my pergola.  The problem is that I don't know that it will be winter hardy here in Tulsa.  Right now I have it in a big pot and plan to keep it in the pot and let it winter over in my garage.  I'll let you know next spring.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Bridges - Lewis Avenue Over I-44

Lewis Avenue crosses Interstate 44 on a bridge built in 1956.  It is due to be demolished soon and replaced as part of the project to expand I-44 from Yale Avenue to the Arkansas River. 

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekend Reflections - Downtown Tulsa

Looking East down 6th Street from Cheyenne.  The Bank of America Center is on the left, The Petroleum Club is on the right.

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Railroad Crossing

"Railroad Crossing, watch out for the cars."  Can you spell that without any Rs?  T-H-A-T of course.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Central Park Apartments

Central Park Apartments, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Dressing the Pergola

 Back in the early summer we had Tulsa Woodscapes build a beautiful Pergola on our deck behind the house.

 It looked very nice, but a little barren so we decided to add some potted plants.

Some climbing vines at the corners and roses in pots add quite a lot of color.  Now that the summer heat has broken and it is pleasant to be outside again we are really enjoying it.  Drop by for a glass of iced tea.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Tropicana Rose

The salmon red Tropicana is the favorite rose of a lot of people.  Healthy, disease resistant, with a nice fragrance, it blooms all summer long. 

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Saint Frances Sunday

As I write this it is Sunday, October 2, and is Saint Frances Sunday.  Saint Frances was known for his love for animals.  In many churches it is the custom to bring pets to church to be blessed.  Of course we brought Smokey to receive his annual blessing.  At 11 he is a role model for the younger dogs.

Two years ago we went to Santa Fe, New Mexico and visited the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Frances of Assisi.  This church community dates back to 1610. The congregation celebrated its 400th anniversary last year in 2010.

The wall behind the altar is a panel of icons with a small statue of St Frances at the center.  I think he is quite old but he has been given a new sash.

For more information see their website HERE. For an excellent Wikipedia article with a virtual tour of the cathedral see HERE.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Bridges - Loop around Tulsa

The Inner Dispersal Loop feeds traffic around central Tulsa from all directions.  I like this view from Central Park that at first glance joins the loop to the park's walking trail.  I know I am prejudiced but I think Tulsa is a beautiful city.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011