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.