Thursday, August 28, 2008



Snuck away last night to watch the sunset by the lake. I always feel so connected and at peace by the water. I've decided to do this at least a couple times per week.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

spiral spider

I believe this is a Black and Yellow Argiope, who has made the side of my house its home. What a vibrant creature! Rather glad they like gardens and not bathroom corners though...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

water bliss

This morning, I took the kids to Lake Hefner. It was early, before 9, and was so quiet and peaceful. When sitting near the edge, the sky and water became one, the hues interlocking and blurring, the gentle waves having a meditative quality. I was in love.


Monday, August 25, 2008

twinkle, twinkle

When we went to the OKC Museum of Art earlier this month, we had fun with the modern art exhibits. This one had knobs to adjust the twinkling lights which my son made vibrant and dim again and again. :)

My Yogi Tea message last night was, "Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light." Somehow seems appropriate for this photo.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

backyard 4

Grasshoppers are the totems for leaping forward, abundance, positive 'luck', taking chances. This one greeted us on our back screen.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

my backyard 4

My son had an incredible amount of delight spotting this little fellow (miss?). :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

rainbow glass

Dale Chihuly glass exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art - I wouldn't mind having a hallway ceiling like this one... :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

my backyard 3

And this? Well, it's growing in a crack in the cement. Rather ambitious. There's that popular saying, "bloom where you're planted." I suppose "bloom where the wind takes you" works too - a lesson in thriving under less than optimal circumstances - or better yet, thriving because you've allowed the circumstances to be optimal just as they are.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

my backyard 2

Photo from a few days ago.

So, we've had a break from the intense heat. Rain the last couple of days, highs in the mere 70s. But, summer isn't over - sunshine and 90+ return for the holiday weekend. Good thing because my cat is starting to get bummed out, and my son wants to make chalk footprints all over the back. Me? I like rainy breaks.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

a silver lining of strength and renewal

This is a pretend-video-reel hanging from the Oklahoma History Center's ceiling.

I'm actually not sure what the picture on the left is - anyone know?

The one in the center is the Oklahoma National Memorial. "We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity." The website is When my Australian friend visited, she asked if it was a war memorial - so, just to clarify, it's for the April 19, 1995 federal building bombing. Yes, I remember exactly what I was doing, and no, I actually haven't been in the memorial - I find memorials, in general, to be quite beautiful, but way too sad for me.

The one on the right is tornado destruction from May 3, 1999. The bliss and horror of technology is that you get to see the huge formations (this was F5), watch their destruction, and see the path they plan to take. On the one hand, knowledge is power; on the other, it's just flat out scary - especially when few homes are built with basements. I distinctly remember its path was aimed right at my parents' home until it made a sudden move. Some of the houses rebuilt in this area - Moore, a suburb to OKC's south - were destroyed a second time a couple years later when a large tornado took a similar path. I'll stick with central / NW OKC, thank you very much. I've had to get in the closet, but only once in my life have I actually heard that Perfect Stillness, then Train Sound - and for that one, it wasn't F5, and I was in a neighbor's basement...

I suppose all places have sorrow in their histories. The sorrow also shows a place's inner strength and sense of community - which both of these events certainly did.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

winged love

Butterfly, 8/2007
Taken in August 2007, a delight. And, that's about all the commentary I can come up with because I'm sleepy - it's so very my bedtime!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

flowers of sunshine

Sunflower, 8/2007
Sunflowers at Lake Hefner's Wild Bird Reserve area, 8/2007.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

spiders, spiders everywhere

After a long stretch of bright, hot, dry days, we had rain! Beautiful rain! However, it seemed to displace a big community of daddy-long-leg spiders. I was outside with my children and saw a hairy lump on the side of the house. I counted 71. Ish. Wow?

Monday, August 11, 2008

lucky ladybug

Hefner Ladybug, 8/2007
Miss Ladybug by Lake Hefner, August 2008. We love spotting creatures, soaking in the moment.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

oklahoma brush

Hefner water-side road, 8/2007
By Lake Hefner, August 2007. Off the main (cemented) roads, there are little side-paths that get right up by the lake. Some are surrounded in simple beauty with natural Oklahoma vegetation.

Friday, August 8, 2008

modern art

Over the weekend, we went to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. There's a large Roman exhibit from the Louvre, though photos weren't allowed in that area. (I imagine it would've made the nude statues blush a little.) However, the modern art floor wasn't bashful and liked eye-gazing. This spinning guy was quite fun to watch. And, from the side too:


Thursday, August 7, 2008

dragons and vibrance


The Oklahoma History Center had a lovely exhibit on the Chinese culture here in Oklahoma.

I should also mention, we have an Asian District starting around NW 23rd and Classen. From wikipedia:
Today Oklahoma City is considered by many to be an Asian oasis in the South-Central U.S., as there are multitudes of authentic restaurants, nightclubs, shops, Asian supermarkets and grocery stores concentrated in the area; traditional Hong Kong dim sum and Taiwanese Bubble Tea are no longer hard to find as they predominate Asia District and metro area.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

but line drying smells like summer?


From the Oklahoma History Center. I would complain about the "Lady!" part, but cleaning ads today still focus on women. Oh well - there's still something rather cute about pink appliances. Sort of?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

red is...



More from the Oklahoma History Center. Did I have silly fun creating Ghost Dress? Well, yeah. ;)

What is red to you? For me, when I think of red, I come up with: fields of poppies (my fav flower), fragrant roses in late spring, sex appeal, romance, aggression, anger, intensity, stained glass, latin dances, dragonflies, cardinals, the root chakra (security), focused + strong eye contact, fabrics from India and China. It's a color that can certainly be beautiful (as all are), but I find it better as an accent than as a dominant color in my life.

Monday, August 4, 2008

open to the sun

The Oklahoma History Center's outside garden. It was too hot to be out there long - us humans were wilting, but this big beauty was open to the sun and just fine.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

to zoom or sleep




From the Oklahoma History Center. I don't think my Focus, Sophie, would appreciate us doing this to her. Still, it fascinated and amused me rather considerably, and my son wanted to take it home... :o :)


And, in sad news, today's weather:


Saturday, August 2, 2008

my backyard 1




These lovely flowers are actually our neighbors' - but they trail over the fencing to greet us, which makes us all quite happy.


We went to the Contemporary Dance Festival last night - it was amazing. And while I dislike constant flashes from the audience, I would've loved to have taken a couple of photos, even without flash. Not allowed though (pout).


Friday, August 1, 2008

august theme: metal

Windchime and Rainbows, 2/2007
Last year, a friend and I exchanged monthly prompts - we'd have a theme, then take a photo and do a creative writing with our own vision of the given theme. One month was "angels". I went outside, took a photo of the chimes, and was delighted to see these beautiful color streaks. The sunlight caught it just the right way. I took some other photos for this month's metal theme, but revisiting an oldie ended up being my fav. :)


Others are exploring METAL too! Take a peek? :)

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