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.
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!
I know you are probably tired of hearing me say that but it is so true. It is the time for fun and lots of events are taking place. Check out Haunted Castle at the Castle of Muskogee. I love costumes and photos and people! This is the perfect time and place for both!
Numerous costume parties, chances to dress up with your friends and visit the castle of Muskogee (costumes are not required–but that is part of the fun in my opinion!), good food, good eats, great treats! 😀
OKRF was a blast. I hated to miss the special events planned for Memorial Day in honor of our veterans….however, family time is a good time and reason to miss any event. Post comments here about your Memorial Day 2012….
Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day!
Collages are alot of fun! The photo session is only a part of the experience for me…I can’t describe the enjoyment I get from these projects! They are awesome!
It isn’t often you get to see so many “girls” enjoying such an event as this one pictured above. We all loved it. My daughter also attended 2011’s open hunt and is already planning on accompanying me to the one that will surely take place in the fall of 2012, this year!
The enjoyment we shared out in the field was what I tried to put into this collage. I know it is different than the family portrait collage…but collages can come in may variations. You just need the imagination and the inspiration….and viola!
I hope this one looks familiar. This collage was done to show my photos in a unique way. I enjoy photographing many different things. Most people think of photography as just portraits or art that you hang on your wall. Most people thing of the portrait side. Art is usually another category all together. I think it all links together. This is my hobby; my work; my passion; my career…..and I love it! I hope you do too.
While spring is not officially here until March 21st, Spring break is right around the corner!
The weather here in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area has been giving us sneak peeks at what is to come. I hope some have been able to get out and enjoy it! I cannot wait! I am looking forward to more outdoor shoots and the ren-fairs that are coming too!
Senior Portraits taken outdoors are almost in session! On location photography is starting to bloom for the year too! Such an exciting time! Come and JOIN US!
This past weekend, I was fortunate to visit the Royal Gauntlet facility located in Coweta, OK. Royal Gauntlet is a rehabilitation and education facility for birds of prey.
Royal Gauntlet seems to attract the young adults of today which greatly increases the awareness factor for the future. So many young adults seem to be immersed in video games or the internet that nature and God’s creatures seem to take no seat at all unless they are part of the game. It is great to see exceptions while visiting the facilities.
Royal Gauntlet also does the Bird of Prey show at the Castle of Muskogee every weekend in May. If you are into education and birds of prey, this is worth checking out!
Royal Gauntlet is very proud of their Eurasian Eagle Owl. He is called “Ritual” and it is amazing to see this owl fly! Eurasian Eagle Owls are the largest owl species on the planet and at the age of maturity, their eyes turn red! I can not wait to see Ritual reach that stage.
He is a most amazing creature and I feel incredibly blessed to have seen him at such a vantage point!
Royal Gauntlet currently has a beautiful representation of birds of prey. Harris hawks, Red-tailed hawks, three varieties of falcons, and three varieties of owls.
I can’t wait until the fair arrives at the Castle of Muskogee so I can show you more of Royal Gauntlet and their birds.
This year’s open hunt was held in Coweta, OK off of highway 51.
The weather was good and the demonstrations were plentiful.
If you were there, you had a unique experience. Royal Gauntlet showed a Eurasian Eagle Owl, a Saker Falcon, a Peregrine Falcon, a Great Horned Owl, a few Harris Hawks, a few Red-tailed Hawks, and a couple of flight demonstrations with certain birds.
Open Hunt is held each year at the beginning of November. If you missed the 2011 hunt, catch us next year in 2012. Reminders will be announced at the castle of Muskogee’s ren-fair as well as on Royal Gauntlet’s blog. . . . so come to the Castle of Muskogee to see the birds that were at open hunt. The ren-fair is held every weekend in May!