Saturday, August 25, 2012

Evening Ride

We've finally had a break in the weather. With a rainy weekend being forecast, we took an evening ride last night. Never let it be said I'm a slow learner....this time I brought the camera - just in case!
OK, so no spectacular sunset was happening. But still, cool looking sky.
I just snapped pix of things as we passed by or just random shots. Sort of a drive-by documentation of an August evening ride. Pictures will obviously get a little darker as we go on.

This is a view of downtown Tulsa from the I-44 bridge. As you can see, we really need the coming rain.

Heading south on Riverside now. There's a small airport nearby.

Can't stop here. Wouldn't look good, you know.

Everyday things make interesting pictures, I think.

Guess where we stopped for a little treat? :)
And just for fun, I did some photoshopping on the skyline picture. Love that software for taking a not-so-great picture and making it artsy!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

More Van Buren

As promised, here are some more pictures from that one ittybitty town.

The building architecture was so satisfying; a bit of the old midwest. I'm glad they preserved it.

I'm curious what these initials stand for. (Notice the freemasonry symbols.)

 Train depot where you can catch a ride on an excursion train.

I just love urban grunge walls. Funny how what used to be a run-down eyesore is now considered art. Like I always say, "it's all perception."

And here is where I had to manipulate the photos in the current trend of high-contrast, darkly vibrant, textured look. Why 'had to'? Because they're perfect for that style. I wonder how much longer this trend will be trendy?

This door would make a fantastic portrait backdrop!

I can get a lot of photo-op-mileage out of one street, haha!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day Trippin' in the Ozarks

So last night, hubby said, "let's get out of town for a day...just drive over to Arkansas!" And so, we got up early, got a Starbucks for the road and enjoyed a cool morning drive, ending up in...

Van Buren, AK is an old little town that's reinvented itself as quaint. It has a colorful street of turn-of-the-century buildings that have been cleaned up, (for the most part) painted and repurposed into artsy little shops and cafes.

I wasn't in the mood to shop but happy for the opportunity to take pictures.

 Don't you think of the Old West when you see this bank?

I can't imagine what this bank (below) was thinking when they designed their building. Seems like it would have been a tad outrageous for it's time.

Nope, not a real owl.

Probably his job is to scare away the pigeons. Clearly, the birds are on to him.

The weather was so nice today after weeks & weeks of desert-like heat. A pleasant time of day-trippin'. I have a couple more pictures for next post. Check back!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Still Haven't Found What I'm Lookin' For

And what I'm lookin' for is a great sunset picture close to home. I think this spot will work. I just need to move to the west side of the street & wait for the right moment!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Last evening, I saw a gorgeous sunset...and didn't have the camera with me. My son always says "a photographer should always have her camera with her!!" And he is right. Hubby & I went out tonight to find a spot where we might catch an incredible sunset amidst the smoky skies.

We crossed the river heading west and I got a lucky shot of a rain curtain behind ORU. I say "lucky" because there's no place to stop and hubby does not drive slow. This was definately "point & shoot." Do you wonder what those puddles are? It's the Arkansas River. So sad.  {just now as I type this, it's raining!}

It's so hard to find a hilltop with an uncluttered view of the sunset. Grrr! I need to stake out a place in advance and be ready next time.

Don't let this bit of greenery fool you. When you walk on the lawn around here, the grass crunches.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 1

When I got in my car at 3:45 today, this is what I saw...

If my understanding of the Bible is correct, the earth isn't supposed to burn up until after Jesus returns for a 1000 year reign. Maybe God is getting a head start?