Monday, December 15, 2008

Birds on a pole

If you notice, there are little black bumps on the pole. They are, in fact, birds. The horizontal poles are nicely filled with birds that are enjoying the view of the traffic below.

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

A thing of beauty

What can I say? It brings a tear to the eye.  

Monday, November 24, 2008

An ice blossom

Just another reminder from last year of what we have to look forward to in this coming ice storm season.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ice storm season

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

Interesting lobby display

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

Ok tumbleweeds

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

Woody trike

For being a small town, even one in close proximity to a "big" city, Moore has a lot of cool businesses to offer. This awesome trike is custom made by Trinity Trikes, just up the road from my house. They make some of the coolest three-wheelers I've ever seen.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The days are getting shorter and cooler, the nights are just plain chilly, we're definitely in fall moving toward winter, but these flowers are blooming in my backyard, keeping the color for as long as possible before the long grey days of winter. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A shot from the Starbucks drive thru line

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

Foggy wee hours in Moore

I took my dog out for his business this morning and was met with my favorite thing, a foggy morning. In my quiet neighborhood, in a very quiet area, the feeling is that you are alone in a very eerie universe.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Nameless little creek

This creek, which is really rather deep and usually looks placid, can run bank to bank with a good rainy day, like today. I pass over it on my way "to town" unless I take the long way, but I prefer to go this way.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hornless longhorns

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

A little fall color

My neighborhood is relatively new, so the trees are still fairly small, but the color is still pretty. I took these photos a day or two ago, and the red leaves are already gone. Talk about a small window of opportunity!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

OK oil rig

This oil rig is less than a half mile from my house. They dot the landscape everywhere. Even one of the malls has one, in the parking lot at Macy's.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fierce rivalry

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

Canal mosaic

This mosaic is on a wall at a turnaround point on the canal ride in Bricktown. Devon is an Oklahoma energy company.

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

OK lawn ornament

This buckboard is at the end of the driveway of a house that is on the the border of OKC and Moore. This is about a block of houses that are not mansions, just large homes with large, beautifully kept lots, and a buckboard.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beautiful gate

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

Bricktown Canal

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

Fountain in Bricktown

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

Working away

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

The littlest victim

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

What words can express?

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

a rose is a rose

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

Downtown park

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

Lake Hefner

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.