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.