Welcome Two Thousand Fourteen

Welcome Two Thousand Fourteen!

Pictured above was the last adventure for 2013. My Family and I took a Midwestern Ski Trip to Weston, MO. Yes, you did read that correctly. I said “midwestern ski trip” to Missouri. 🙂

 

Snow Creek Resort is a wonderful little place located in Weston, MO that is perfect for a weekend ski trip for a family of any size. It isn’t a resort in the sense of week long visits to a lodge on a mountain side. But it is a great little mini vacation location when you don’t have time to spend a week at a Mountain side resort in Colorado or Arizona or further away.

 

Twenty-Thirteen was a good year. It had many good points and is now part of the past. With that change in numbers from 2013 to 2014 comes a new beginning. With that new beginning also comes room for new adventures. That is the part I look forward to. Adventures are what life’s journey is made of…we each have our own to experience and hopefully share. Some adventures are great successes and others we’d rather had not happened. They each make up who we become and help us discover what we want and where we want to be or where we want to go in the future.

 

May “twenty-fourteen” offer you many new adventures of the successful variety and may many more dreams come true!

 

Happy New Year!

July Special 2013: Photo Opp

Photo “Op”

I spent about an hour at the park on Tuesday with some cool teens just having fun with nature. Here is one of the “photo ops” we took advantage of and had fun with. As you can see one of them is a big Star Wars fan!

Star Wars fans!
Star Wars fans!

Whether you are a Star Wars fanatic, a Trekkie, enjoy Cosplay, or medieval reenactments—Your photo opportunity awaits you!

Starting NEXT WEEK on July 8th and going thru July 19th —> Monday through Friday ONLY from 9am to 4pm… NO SESSION FEES!

Take this opportunity NOW! Call and schedule YOUR photo op during the day only (Monday through Friday) and pay only for your photos!

*All photo orders MUST be placed at our online store via our website “Galleries” pages**

**Appointments ONLY–that means time is limited.

***All Sessions will be taken Outside and On Location. Call for more information! Must be in the Tulsa County (and surrounding county) area(s).

Cinco de Mayo at the Castle!

At the Castle for Cinco de Mayo!

How did you spend your weekend?

I spent mine shutter-bugging at the Castle of Muskogee! The Castle hosted it’s 18th annual opening weekend of “the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival”. The festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday from May 4th through June 2nd of 2013.  It’s a great place to experience new and old things alike. You can see craftsman that still do blacksmithing and ladies that keep the art of spinning alive. You can find jewelry makers, book sellers, clothiers, and all sorts of entertainers at the Castle this month.

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Come fly with us at the Castle!

You can see pirates, sword fights, jousting and dancing, a live chess match, belly dancers, and the children can get knighted or become ladies-in-waiting. You can visit the Italian quarter and see a tribal circus; visit Angus’ land and buy a kilt; take a carriage ride; see a birds of prey show; the possibilities are endless! 😀

If you saw the Birds of Prey show this weekend or you catch it any time this year during fair, PLEASE!–visit theRoyalGauntlet.com and leave some feedback telling the creators what you thought of the show.

….there is more to come….see what else we find this year at the Castle of Muskogee!

 

 

Winter Visitations

The weather in Oklahoma is definitely unpredictable….or maybe predictable in its unpredictability. I have been telling my daughter that we have until spring break to see it snow. Yesterday, like many young teens and children, my daughter got her wish….though it is not staying, the winter wonderland created by yesterday’s snow was beautiful. If you didn’t get to enjoy it, maybe this photo will help……Have a great week and stay warm! (POST YOUR PHOTOS on our Facebook page IF you want to share your winter wonderland adventures!)

She Loves the SNOW!
Winter Wonderland Adventures

 

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!

Genealogy…Faded Markers…Being Remembered

This post was actually inspired by another blogger’s post:

http://lyndamichele.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/abandoned-sarah/

I have run across several people who do genealogy. If you do any research into family history, you will eventually run across things like this more often than not. It’s one of those things that we usually try not to think about (in my opinion) because it isn’t productive and can be depressing.

But if you really think about it…..How many of us actually remember 4 generations ago?

My kids don’t know my grandmother because she died when I was 12. I have great memories of her and a few pictures too. However it takes more than pictures and stories to link the next generation to someone who was special to their parents.

 this is a photo from a similar blog that might interest some:

Someone born in 1825 such as the lady, Sarah, in Lyndamichele’s blog post probably doesn’t have anyone directly tied to her with enough personal memories to keep the headstone readable….it’s disturbing to think that we have that to look forward to…

but those we love are the ones that remember us. When the people who knew us are gone…well…we are just a page in a diary or journal, or a headstone marking our final resting place….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

time heals…time helps things disappear….and when time passes so quickly as it seems to in these modern times of technology, other memories fade as well….Generations later, a kind soul who knew people or was a great part of the community in some small (maybe even invisible way) or who gets curious about the history of their descendants finds treasures like these and some even take an interest in restoring them if they can afford it….why? Simply because they are family…..Family does mean something…even if it takes a few generations to remember that….

and in the mean time, what lies beneath each fading stone (in my opinion) is just the shell of what we once were….(though it is good to be remembered) I think the spirit lives on which opens up a whole other blog post when you start talking about the afterlife…. so… feel free to leave a comment on your genealogy experience or just regarding what I have to say…  🙂

Summer’s Inhabitants

Summer brings hiking into the realm of activities. I have hiked Redbud Valley Nature Center, Oxley Nature Center, and Springfield Conservation Nature Center trails.

Here are some of the things that have inhabited my summer hikes so far:

I love nature. I like to know what plants are what and the names of the flowers I see. I enjoy watching the butterflies and dragonflies flit from here to there….

I am a nature lover. I could spend all day just photographing the things I see on a hike…. or a walk… or just that appear from “nowhere”.

Nature intrigues me. I am curious and amazed at a lot of things….sometimes too easily. I still enjoy every minute of it.

I can’t always name what I see (if you can, please leave a comment)…but I love watching summer’s inhabitants.

 

 

The guys had as much fun chasing this little orange striped creature around and around the log….not sure if it was for my benefit (to photograph) or for their fun….but we all got our exercise and a photo out of it.

 

 

This black and yellow winged creature was actually in my Aunt’s flower garden alongside her driveway. I just happened to have my camera along that day and couldn’t resist snapping his photo.

I am intrigued with nature where ever I may find it…

I so dearly wish I had had a waterproof camera over the weekend. I had a swarm of blue dragonflies over the water on the Illinois River on our Father’s Day canoe trip….and I even had the amazing moment of having one land on my finger and just sit there and watch… sooo awesome! Unfortunately….no photograph to share of that one.  Maybe next time.

This little guy is one of a pair of barn swallows that have tried and tried to

make a nest over my front porch. However, that didn’t work out so well for them or their young. Three little chicks in the nest and none survived…..Can’t do that again this year… so I have washed away the beginnings of their nest each time they have tried to build it this year. They are beautiful to watch. They eat mosquitos and other insects so it is nice to have them around. I just wish there was a nice, safe place for them to nest other than my front porch (which doesn’t really workout for either of us).

Well….enjoy the summer and share your hiking finds here in the comments section!

Look forward to hearing more from you all!

 

Welsh Corgi Picnic

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June 2nd, 2012

Pembrook & Cardigan WELSH CORGI Annual Picnic

 Ally’s Corner has just published the first children’s book by Alice Singleton.

“Boomer: Just the Right Dog”

The Corgi picnic was a great time to share that celebration.

Thank you for the invitation and opportunity to photograph the guests at the Corgi picnic this year.  I hope to see you all again next year! Don’t wait til next year though!

I will photograph your pet any time! 😀

For those that were at the picnic, don’t forget to check out the photos available for purchase. Your Corgi’s were awesome guests! I loved the race and the family photo sessions too! I look forward to hearing your opinions about the picnic and the photos!

Don’t hold back! Let us hear all about it!

 Click here to see the GALLERY where the photos were uploaded.

Memorial Day 2012

The end of May 2012 is fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but I am still wondering what happened to the beginning of this year. It is just about half over. Fortunately, the weather is good and the sunshine is welcome! 😀

Flowers in the Sky
Sunshine and Roses for you…

Summer vacation is coming if yours hasn’t already started and people are looking for those water sports and swimming holes to open. After all, Memorial Day is the weekend it all begins!

Memorial Day is also a day of remembrance for many. This is the weekend we take flowers to decorate the resting places of those who have gone before us. Memories are a wonderful comfort. They are also a way to share those you love with those you love who never had the chance to know them.

I hope Memorial Day is a wonderful time for you filled with happy memories that you get to share with many friends and family members. Let me what fills your Memorial Day of May 2012. Leave a comment here to share.

Tales of Mother Nature

May is a wonderful month in Oklahoma.

The weather changes from day to day if not minute to minute. while this can be challenging to an outdoor photographer, it is awesome! I love a challenge! This week, I had a wonderful opportunity to shoot some nature shots…just sort of looking around.

Fairy Tales...Roses
What story does this remind you of?

I love nature. Flowers offer a wide variety of photographic opportunities. This particular shot reminds me of a favorite childhood faery tale. Can you tell me which one I might be thinking of??

Take a guess! (leave it in the comment section)…..

Nature offers many things that people sometimes get too busy to see. I like to remind myself of the small ever-present things I tend to take for granted.

What did I do?
Squirrel Vision

This was comical! This little red squirrel looked over at me as if to say “What? You have never seen a squirrel before?”

Nature has an expression! Several I am sure…probably more than I can experience and share. But I will give it a shot!

Flowers by the pond
Flowers by the pond

In poetry books, I use to see illustrations of picnics by a pond or some such similar scene.

This shot reminds me of those poetry books, picnics in summer, and calming moments that are rarely seen any more due to the hustle and bustle of our busy life in today’s technology driven world.

What does it remind you of?

Do you have a special place? A spot that makes time stand still? this lovely little vision could be one such place to someone….

Flowing Waters
Flowing Waters

Waterfalls represent so many things…

the flow of time, the streams of life and it’s journey, the calming sound of rushing water that let the spirit revive itself and breathe…

Waterfalls are a favorite of mine. Don’t forget to share yours! send me a photo or leave a comment.

Nature is a wonderful teacher…life is an amazing journey! Please, share them through photos.

If you would like a portrait done in your favorite nature setting…shoot me an email or give me a call!

918-381-7972

Photography is a wonderful way to share life with those who aren’t as close as you would like them.