School?? What??

Wow! Where did our summer go? I feel like this year has blasted through time and is more gone than here…hmm.

Well, photos are great at helping you remember those memories that time passes in front of you so fast if you blink, then you might miss it.

School is a great time and a great place to create memories and yet we all look forward to holidays and time off….

Once school starts you know the holidays come quickly to visit…Fall break, then Halloween with its costumes and trick-or-treats, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas, then the year is in review and we are all celebrating the NEW YEAR…wow! Time flew away again.

Speaking of fall and the holidays…everyone likes to send postcards of the latest family photo for Christmas….so call and let’s make an original postcard this year!

Also remember to book your senior photos early so you can choose the time YOU want. Events are also something you can have photographed if you wish! Call for more information…Let’s take some photos!

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Tulsa, OK Photowalk

 

Yes, I am from Oklahoma. No, we don’t live in tents and hunt buffalo.

Tulsa is a wonderful place. Though it is not the only place I have lived, it is the place I have lived the longest. Downtown is beautiful. The City is being redone here and there and is looking wonderful. I love the architecture of downtown Tulsa. Check out some shots I took while walking downtown with friends:

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If you would like to see more of downtown Tulsa, please visit my Galleries page! 😀

Have a great day…and come and visit Tulsa, OK sometime!

If you want to know more about Tulsa, OK…check out these resources…click on a link!

Visit the Tulsa Library

Check out Tulsa Urban Weekly! Great source of happenings in TULSA!

Check out some photos of TULSA, OK here!

Visit the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce

Visit the Tulsa Historical Society

Visit the Tulsa World for local news.

Visit the Tulsa Garden Center for some culture AND history!

 

Misha’s Photography and Restoration

Well, today is a great day! Adventure fun and summer!

Accomplishments make us feel great. I love my family, my friends, my work, my art….

Flowers in the Sky
roses on blue sky

Life is great! I know not everyone feels they can say that. I know that if I sat and thought about it, I could find things I am unhappy with…however….

I prefer the joys in life to the negative side of things. Positive focus helps combat the things we want to improve. this week, my focus has been on Photography…(big news right?)…

I photographed a reception for a dear friend and her family. I have another reception to shoot in august. I uploaded my website….finally! Misha’s Photography & Restoration is new and improved! Things seem to be rolling….forwards… always good to move forward.

August will be a busy month….stay tuned to hear what happens! 😀

Tulsa Wedding Reception

I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding reception for a friend. That was an awesome night. Celebrations are a great time to share! I hope you enjoy the slide show of photos here.

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Fleet Feet FireCracker 5K

I had a chance on Independence Day 2012 to do something different.

My Son, Daughter, and Husband ran the “Firecracker 5K” by Fleet Feet of Tulsa. The 5K started downtown by the Fleet Feet store and The Blue Dome. It was a lovely morning and a great time for a photo shoot as well. Enjoy…I did…and thanks to all who ran on July 4th, 2012. Great Job!!

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If you would like to see more Fleet Feet “firecracker 5K” photos, please visit my galleries page.

My Aunt would love this…and if you have ever been into or looked into genealogy…then you will see the truth in it.

Among My Branches

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott

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Everyone Knows Your Name…

I wanted to scope out a site for a halloween or goth shoot. I had a place in mind for a while and finally got the chance to stop in and do some test shots. the place isn’t as pristine as I thought (or had hoped)…and was actually more appalling than I could have imagined………..

half buried headstone

This headstone looks brand new. If it is indeed new then why is it half buried? How is it that the Director of the Cemetery lets this happen? The cemetery gets mowed but it seems that is all it gets.

Now I have no idea if this cemetery is a private cemetery, a county or city cemetery or who is responsible. Remember, this started out as a scouting mission for a future shoot of another kind. However, my Aunt does genealogy and a few other bloggers on here inspired me to post this as a blog. I think the people need to know and here is why…

still interring loved ones todayThis photo (to the left) was taken in the same cemetery on the same day as all the other photos in this blog post. Kevin J. Johnson was laid to rest in 2007. that is fairly recent and he obviously still has loved ones around that miss him. I would be outraged if I was his family! Well ok I am a little angry at this and I don’t have anyone laid to rest here that I know of…

which way?

You would think that this is two different graves, side by side. I have no idea. I can’t tell. I can tell you that this has a stone or cement edge around it and looks as though it could hold about four graves. There is only this marker inside the cement edge. the headstone you see is clearly visible. The writing is clear. The stone is actually facing west (the one you can read). That is one reason I believe this is the same marker. I think the stone came off of the base and was never put right. This is not the first….

bush whackedThis is a marker. It is in the back (north and west side) of the cemetery. If you can’t tell, there are yellow flowers trapped in the tree/shrubbery with the marker. I couldn’t even read the marker. I couldn’t get to it.

To me this screams of disrespect for the place you are suppose to care for. The sign clearly states there is a director and that any changes have to go through that person.

The only thing missing is a building that shows Director Rulesan office present or a phone number on how to reach this particular person. I would love be able to contact the Director! Hopefully after this post so will other people.

The southern end of the facility looks nice and kept up and even sports a brand new looking sign declaring what the name of the cemetery is….so glad of that much! I honestly hope this shows that they are working on cleaning it up…but OMG!!!

I was almost in tears after leaving this place and as I said, I don’t personally know any person nor do I have any relations laid to rest here. My Aunt was in tears. It was very upsetting to say the least.

There are several United States Soldiers laid to rest here. They date back to World War I!

There are soldiers who served in WWI, WWII, Korea, and there are many children laid to rest here also.

Their sign is misleading to me. It clearly states “Dedicated to those we love…rest in peace”

There are so many that just don’t look at peace….undisturbed, cared-for graves are one thing. Graves that are trodden over every day….??? This next photo is a grave that is obviously in the middle of a path…the only way to get to the wooded area….

I can’t see how this person or their relativesPath way OVER my grave? would have any peace. When you lay someone to rest, it isn’t suppose to be in the path of someone…walking on graves is suppose to be disrespectful.  Yet if you look here, you can see that walking over the Martin grave is the only way to get to the one in the back of the photo.

At first I thought this was the worst of it.

It turns out, if you look at the weeds that are about waste high in the right of the picture, there is a grave marker hidden in the weeds and bushes. I was totally appalled!

I have had people ask me if this was a pauper’s cemetery or other various types and the answer is “I don’t know”. I only know what the signs say and what I saw. All of that….or most of that, I am sharing with you here.

Let me know your thoughts on the matter….and if you know whether or not this problem is being worked on or is a really big problem spiraling southward….I won’t mind hearing about that either……Leave a comment! Please!

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