Sunday, September 30, 2012

Weekend B&W - A Hobbit Lives Here

A great Live oak at The Hermitage, the estate of former president Andrew Jackson.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sarah's Big Day

Friday was Homecoming in Wagoner and our granddaughter Sarah was Queen.  In the afternoon was a big parade.

She rode in a vintage Oldsmobile Cutlass with her student escort and waved to the crowd.

After the parade we all gathered at her house for spaghetti.  Sarah is a senior this year and her sweetheart Daniel is a freshman at Oklahoma State.  He came to join her and brought flowers.  Smart man.

She was escorted onto the field by her father, my son Adam.  As icing on the cake, Wagoner won the football game.

It just doesn't get any sweeter than this.  Wow.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Skywatch Friday - Blue Sky over River

Tulsa is built on a bend in the Arkansas River.  The strip of land between Riverside Drive and the east bank of the river has been developed as a River Park.  The parks' 26 miles of asphalt-surfaced trails weave past gathering areas, playgrounds, fountains and sculptures along the banks of the river.  The river is filled bank to bank in this photo north of the Pedestrian Bridge to the 21st street bridge because water is retained just behind us by a low water dam.  The city is proposing to build several additional such retention dams at locations down stream to keep the river filled bank to bank as far south as the bridge to Jenks.  As it is now much of the river from the low water dam south is a sand bar most of the time.  Interest in developing attractions along the river would be encouraged if there were a stable water line.  The funds for this project will come from extending a small sales tax scheduled to be retired later in the year.  I think this is an investment in the future of our community and I hope it passes.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday Challange - Fancy

My son David took this photograph of a Harley Davidson motorcycle.  I don't know who the owner is but it certainly qualifies as "fancy".

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday Doors - John Knox Presbyterian

All that stained glass is pretty from the inside too.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ruby Tuesday - Pretty Red Car

This shiney new Buick was sitting in the Walmart parking lot asking to have its picture taken.  Pretty car!!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Macro Monday - Pansy Faces

We are still having warm weather but the nights are getting cooler and I know that it will not be too long before the frost will come and nip at my roses and other blooming plants.  When that happens there is nothing quite as sturdy little pansies.  So a week ago We stopped at Southwood Nursery and picked up a assortment of little pansies.  I like the little ones as I think they are a bit heartier.  These have blooms that are a little less than an inch across.  When I was a little kid I made the startling discovery (to me) that the blossoms look like little faces and I have always enjoyed them for that if for no other reason.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekend Black & White - Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Art Center in Bentonville Arkansas.   Inside looking across the water.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weekend Reflections - Warren Clinic

The Warren Clinic is part of the St. Francis Medical Center in Tulsa.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Skywatch Friday - Sky over West Tulsa

Long view over Arkansas River from Riverside just south of  I44 in Tulsa.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thursday Challenge: Park

Smokey at Chandler Park

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Wordless Wednesday - Love on a Leash

This is the door to the little shop where I take Smokey for a good bath every month or so.  They do a great job and are nice to my dog.  He sharpens my knives too.  What more can I ask?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ruby Tuesday - 4th of July, Climbing Rose

Climbing 4th of July, Tulsa Rose Garden.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Macro Monday - Ornamental Millet

Seen in Cantigny Gardens, Wheaten, IL

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekend B&W - Baskets

These beautiful Native American baskets are in the collection of the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve.  See Woolaroc.  It is definitely worth a visit.

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Skywatch Friday - Chandler Park

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Challenge: Attractive - A Trifle

After a dinner with a group of church friends we were served a Trifle for desert that was more than attractive and tasted as good as it looked.  It was a spiritual experience!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ruby Tuesday - Red Star Cluster

Red hearts bloom in memory of those who were lost on September 11, 2001.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Macro - Dwarf Yellow Pansies

Plant pansies when the weather begins to cool down, they bloom all winter, replace them in late spring when the weather gets too hot.  There is none better for winter hardy bloom.  If you know something better, please pass it along.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

B&W Weekend - Farm Gate

Entryway to small farm on highway 16 between Wagoner and Okay, Oklahoma.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Lights Out - Light a Candle

A storm blew through and knocked the lights out so we are making do with candles until the electricity is back on. I can post a photo of my candle using my iPhone. Nifty, huh?

We sat out in the garden room and read until it got dark then went into the bedroom and played our nightly game of gin rummy by candle light. The cool wind is blowing in the windows and it is quiet outdoors. Kind of nice.

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Skywatch Friday - Red Barn

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday Challenge: Wonderful - Grandbabies

If you have grandchildren you know they are wonderful.  If you do not, ask any grandparent and they will tell you -- and show you pictures.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ruby Tuesday - Knockout Shrub rose

It is hard to beat a knockout rose for constant healthy bloom.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Macro Monday - Celtic Cross

Sue gave me this 2 inch silver Celtic cross when we were first married.  I like the ancient Christian symbols; the descending dove, the chalice and bread, the celtic knots.  The bali chain is silver too and I wear it all the time under my shirt.  I like to think that this cross is like my faith, carried privately but next to my heart.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Black and White Reflections - Blue Moon

On Friday, August 31 we have what is called a “blue moon”.  The next time we get the chance to glimpse this phenomenon will be in 2015. Those expecting to see the moon change color will be disappointed. The term simply refers to the unusual occurrence of a second full moon within one calendar month, and since we already had a full moon on August 2, this is a blue moon, and the first seen in the United States since December 2009.
(from The Smithsonian Magazine)