Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is the Warren Theater, in Moore, just outside of Oklahoma City. It is an art deco beauty that comes alive at night in bright neon. The interior of the theater, which does not allow cameras inside, is a beautiful art deco homage to cinemas of the twenties and thirties.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This is a great tourist site called Pop's, off of I-40 east of Oklahoma City. It's a gas station, but it has over 100 different flavors of bottled soda pop and a restaurant inside. Its just off Route 66 and the parking lot was packed on this grey, rainy day as we drove past. The giant bottle with the straw sticking out of it that is its trademark lights up in neon at night.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
They announced this week that its now the start of the ice storm season. We really only had one good one last year, and it was a doozy. We lost a lot of trees and the clean-up went on for months. Since I live in a newer neighborhood, my ice problems were limited to smaller things, like my garden heron.
Monday, November 17, 2008
This cannon is one of the first things you see when you step into what is one of the biggest, and most awesome Harley Davidson dealers in the country. Fort Thunder Harley Davidson moved into their new digs a few weeks ago, but have been in Moore for years. The new building is a must visit for anyone passing through, Harley rider or not.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
These are what I call Oklahoma tumbleweeds, because I have no idea what they really are. Individually, they look like gossamer Christmas trees with a single stem and the shape and structure of a flat tree. In a mass like they are here, they move in the wind like they're underwater. They just blew into my yard one day, in the southwest corner, and stayed there until the wind changed, then they were all in the northwest corner. They all moved as a mass, following the wind until the wind finally blew east and now my yard is finally free again, except for what has stuck to my garden. I live right next to a large open field, my house being the last house at the corner of the fence, and myself and my neighbors on each side are the only ones in my neighborhood who had these delicate visitors in this quantity.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I noticed, as I was ordering my venti cafe mocha, that there were cute little Halloween characters in the landscaping on the other side of the driveway at Starbucks (getting it while it's still there and I can still afford it), so I got my camera out. But, when I got to the window I thought the foliage was a much better shot.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
This totally rural piece of land is about a third of a mile from my home in Moore. I'm not sure what to call this property because it has a ring for working horses, and the area you see past the gates on any given day will either have grazing horses or cows. The two lowly cows that are guarding the gates have not always looked as they stand now. When I first moved in, a little over a year ago, they were two proud longhorns. Slowly, one horn at a time, they have become the sad cows that you see standing before you. It was interesting to see the horns go, one at a time. Sadly though, the property is up for sale.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
College football is huge here since OKC only recently got their first professional basketball team, the OKC Thunder. I was telling a friend about the rivalry with Texas, and how it's expressed, with the upside-down longhorns and she wanted to see it, so here it is. OU is the Sooners, and the upside- down longhorns is the Texas "other guys."
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Oklahoma has the largest remaining amount of the original Route 66 in the nation. It is broken up across country in bits and pieces, but people travel it like searching for a holy grail, perhaps looking for simpler times. When I took this picture, there were two bikers in the area following the route across country who were from Norway.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This fountain is in the heart of Bricktown, and shows a little more in the background some of the renovated buildings and the area. It really is a great destination and one of the best draws for OKC. Sonic has its corporate headquarters there, Toby Keith has his restaurant in Bricktown, and the Women's World Series of Softball is played there, also.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This wrought iron gate with the rose bush iron work is the most beautiful gate and fence I've ever seen. It's at the outside of a housing development between my house, on the south end of Moore (south of OKC) just a few miles from Norman, by the rural route. Norman is the home of the University of Oklahoma, the Sooners.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This is what I think is the best part of the Brickyard - the canal system. You can see the yellow boats at the top of the picture. They run a circular route with a captain giving interesting facts about the area. It's not a short ride, it's nice and long and gives you a good feel for the area, and at the halfway point, where the turn around it, is the bronze sculpture that is at the top of this page, although there is much more to it. It is well worth the ride. I'll have more pictures of this area and parts of the canal ride, cause it's a great thing to see in OKC.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This fountain is located in Bricktown, the former industrial area of downtown OKC that has been renovated beautifully and is a big tourist draw. The buildings have been left in their original red brick but have been taken over by restaurants, small shops, clubs and galleries. There is also a baseball field and a canal system with boat rides.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This web was actually a perfect circle as I ran to get my camera, but the activity of people around the web destroyed the bottom half, but the spider stayed put. This beautiful web was actually made in a doorway of a garage going to the backyard, obviously not one used a lot that day.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Before we leave the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum, which could have pages and pages of photos, I wanted to post this one. Who could forget the Pulitzer Prize winning photo of the fireman carrying the tiny little girl wrapped up in his arms, bloody and limp, his eyes on her as he carries her to safety, only to learn later it was already too late. We all found out later that her name was Baylee Almon. One portion of the memorial, on the actual grounds where the building stood, now holds 168 chairs, lit at night, each with a name of a victim. The children' chairs are smaller, sized for the little ones. This one, as you can see, is for "Miss Baylee Almon." It's a beautiful, peaceful memorial and gives the families a wonderful place to come and visit, day or night, and reflect and to never forget.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in OKC was bombed in an act of domestic terrorism. The 3.3 acre site has been turned into a Memorial and Museum. This Weeping Jesus statue stands across the street with its back to the Memorial in heartbreaking silence.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This rose is next to my mailbox. It is of particular interest to my dog, who loves to check it out at least once a day. They like to grow the roses tall here, which I'm not used to. Some of the ones on my block are taller than their windows. I thought this one was particularly pretty.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This park is in downtown OKC. At the very left you can see the bridge that crosses the water and ends up on the streets of downtown. There is so much more to this park that I will probably make this several days worth of pictures. This park is where the annual Arts Festival takes place.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here was my first surprise. Right in the middle of OKC is Lake Hefner. The buildings in the background are the downtown area. I'm taking the picture from the farside of the lake. There is actually a very nice jogging track all the way around the lake and a one way road, and sailboats, but no motorboats. It's a beautiful lake, right off the freeway.