Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday, May 12

Planned photo op was rained out.  Zero pictures to share.  BUT!!!!!  I'm going to Utah with some photographer friends this week and will post some shots I take out there. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 12

I had a long, wonderful day with friends on a road trip back to Natural Falls (Dripping Springs) in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, and the trails at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  










If you have to tell me it's ART, is it really art (or is it a pile of rocks)?


I didn't follow the rules this month [24 pictures instead of 12; no time stamp; no description], but there really are no rules since Chad Darnell's 12 of 12 is no more.  I had an absolutely fantastic day and hope you enjoyed walking along with me through these pictures.  See you next month.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday, March 12

It's not quite spring yet, but Oklahoma doesn't seem to know that.  After a chilly, wet and windy day yesterday, I awoke this morning to gorgeous blue skies and balmy weather.  I grabbed the dogs and my camera and set out on a walk around the neighborhood to see what I would see.  Keep in mind that I said I had the dogs with me when you see photos not quite in focus.  They don't seem to understand the concept of holding still while I try to focus.  Here's what we saw:

11:18 a.m.

11:20 a.m.

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11:26 a.m.

11:28 a.m.

11:29 a.m.

11:29 a.m.

11:31 a.m.

11:38 a.m.

11:43 a.m.

11:48 a.m.

11:49 a.m.

I gave up trying to shoot with the dogs in tow after about half an hour.......they're obviously not photo fans.  See you next month.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday, February 12

It has been a cold, gray day; fitting for what was in store.  The Tulsa Photogs Meetup group had a gathering today at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa to view Black on Black and White: The Southwest of Laura Gilpin and Maria Martinez and shoot in and around the museum in black and white.  It was a fun outing with fun people.  I hope you like what I saw in black and white.

New growth on a rose bush in the middle
of Oklahoma's so far non-existent winter.

I'll leave this one up to your imagination.

Statue by Rodin in the rotunda of the 
museum along with a visitor getting just the right 
angle for his shot.

It looks cold, doesn't it?

At first glance, this sculpture looks very tender.
When you realize the woman is kissing 
a faceless oval, it seems sort of creepy. 

Fireplace detail.

My shooting buddy Mary watching 
two tiny videos set to music.

Shadows of an exhibit.

More fireplace detail.

A Senufo Helmet Mask in the African Art room.

A section of the rotunda ceiling.

My last shot of the day.

Seeing in black and white today made me take some shots I normally wouldn't have taken.  Fun stuff.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12

Some friends and I took a road trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, today to have lunch and visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  All I can say is WOW!  What an incredible place to visit.  We're already planning a trip back in the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom so we'll be able to enjoy the numerous trails on the museum grounds.  This is a must-see place, folks.  You definitely need to put a visit to this museum on your bucket list.  Here's just a smidgen of what we saw:  

We saw this guy.  2:25 p.m.
Here's an up close shot.  Wasn't he patient to allow me to get so close?  2:27 p.m.
Creepy!  This is entitled "Old Self, Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be. Variation #2 2010"  by Evan Penny, made of silicone, pigment, hair, fabric and aluminum.  2:35 p.m.

A small section of "Hall of the Mountain King" by Marsden Hartley.  To really view this painting, you have to stand way back.  I can't figure out how he was able to paint it and make sense of his strokes unless he has very, very long arms.  3:32 p.m.

Probably my favorite sculpture of those we saw today.  Her gracefulness really captured me.  3:33 p.m.

I love this little guy's smirkey smile.  It's an oil on canvas by William Holbrook Beard and is entitled "School Rules."  The chimp is holding a copy of Darwin's Descent of Man.  3:43 p.m.

 A welcome resting place, that gives a glimpse of the architecture.  4:20 p.m.

"Standing Explosion (Red)" by Roy Lichtenstein, with Andy Warhol's "Dolly Parton" in the background.  4:24 p.m.

This is entitled "Big Red Lens" by Frederick Eversley.  It sits in a hallway with a bench directly opposite it and just invites you to sit and look through it.  4:26 p.m.

After visiting most of the galleries, we stopped into Eleven for an afternoon snack and drink.  This cupcake was heavenly; rich chocolate with a coffee buttercream frosting.  Yum.  The Raspberry Fizzy was pretty good, too.  4:47 p.m.

The sun started down and brought beautiful skies.  I liked the reflections of the beams against the pink sky.  5:24 p.m.

In the restaurant.  5:25 p.m.

Bonus shot of some really neat light fixtures in the museum gift shop.  5:48 p.m.

I wanted to pull a Ticklebear and post about 50 pictures this month, but I resisted.  There are so many wonderful things to see at Crystal Bridges.  Don't take my word, though; go see for yourself!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, December 12

This ends my fourth year of taking pictures for Chad Darnell's 12 of 12 Project. I woke up kind of sad this morning, thinking this would be my last 12 of 12.  To be honest, I was also a little bit relieved, as some months it can be difficult to find something interesting to shoot.  This is one of those months.  It's cloudy, rainy and chilly, and I'm not too enthused about getting out.  So, this is an around the house month.

Probably the last rose for a while.  It freeze dried on the
bush.  I'm curious as to how long it will stay there.  10:00 a.m.

Tell me, who would build a skinny cabinet and
then put a shelf in it, totally messing up its intended use?
It had to be a man.  It took a woman (me), a tree saw,
a drill, a hammer and some other tools to get it out.  10:46 a.m.

Success.  11:11 a.m.

Finally able to make good use of the cabinet.  11:21 a.m.

You've seen pictures of Lily and Sassy over the years,
but these are my other dogs.  11:42 a.m.

Fun with milk, food coloring and cooking oil.  11:50 a.m.

More fun, this time with motion blur.  11:50 a.m.

Do you see how dreary it is?  1:09 p.m.

The very best apples I've ever tasted.  Honeycrisp.  Yum.  1:12 p.m.

This handsome fellow is perched high
up on the top of my kitchen cabinets.  1:15 p.m.

I have babied this Gardenia bush for years;
setting it out in the spring and bringing
it in during the winter.  For the past few years, it
has been very stingy with flowers, so I pruned it
way back and gave it plenty of fertilizer.  There
are now dozens of buds on it.  I hope they'll
stay there long enough to bloom.  2:01 p.m.

Christmas 2011
I totally cheated here.  The picture was taken a few years
ago in Garmisch.  If you don't do Christmas, I wish your 
celebrations during this time to be as meaningful to you as
Christmas is to me.  

And that, my friends, is the end of another year in my life.  I just found out the 12 of 12 project will be continuing, albeit on another website.  So, thanks for the memories, Chad, and thanks to the new benefactor.  I hope to see you all again next year.