I've learned one lesson because of my 365 project. If you see something you like go ahead and capture it while you can. I've always loved old signs like this one. While I've been doing my project I've had a mental list of things I'd like to photograph. I made an hour's drive to take this photo of this sign. The motel behind it was condemned and there were police there training drug dogs when I pulled up. They had a barricade up but I asked them if I could please take a photo. I explained that I'd driven there just to get a photo of this sign. They looked at me like I'd lost my mind.
A couple of weeks ago I was back in Joplin and drove past this place and the motel is gone. It's been leveled and the land cleared- including my sign. (sigh)
I don't know what happened to it. I hope that someone had the good sense to salvage it. I'll probably never know.
I'm so glad that I was not deterred by the police who clearly didn't like the idea of having to wait a couple of minutes for me to take photographs.
I'm still wanting to do a road trip through Oklahoma to do a Route 66 photo shoot. I'd better not wait too long!
Life Is Good!
I've got to give myself a quick pat on the back and a yay-me! I've now taken a photo every day for 65 days in a row. That's over 2 months and I've completed 17% of my goal for the year. That's further than I ever got before! Some times I struggle to get one done and find myself looking around the house for things to take photos of but I have managed to get it done. My goal was to become more familiar with my camera and improve upon my skills and I think ? I'm doing that. Here's a recent shot that for me was part of a lightening challenge and I will go back to the drawing board on this:
When you let others know you're challenging yourself they sure don't mind telling you what you need to work on. It's humbling and good. I would have loved this photo a year ago. Now I see areas of improvement that need to be made. Good thing I don't take myself too seriously!
Life is still good!
It sort of looks like I've dropped the ball on my photography challenge doesn't it? But I'm still going! I've been posting them on the 365 site every day. I will still share some good pics with ya'll but I'm not going to bore you to death with my dull ones.
Here are some photos I took in Holdenville yesterday. I went by our old house and was so damned sad it was such a wreck. It has not been loved. I ended up driving by our old farm because I had a feeling it would be beautiful and it did not disappoint.
This was the Holdenville cemetary. I was proud to see it had been taken care of very well. It was nice to drive thru and see all of those old Holdenville family names I remember so well.
When I slowed down for the railroad tracks I actually stopped to look both ways.. I guess there was no need for that.
Going down the hill to the farm
This cow had been at the pond and took off running down the trail back towards the others. I thought I might have scared it but more likely it was running back toward the gate and the feed troughs hoping for a meal. To the left of the road is where I learned to ride my horse Strawberry. He was small and would try to keep up with the big horses who could jump the bar ditches. Strawberry could stretch out and make it over but most of the time I didn't make it and ended up in a bar ditch.
It was nice riding down memory lane for a little bit.
I think I'm close to breaking my previous record for taking photos daily for the 365 challenge! whoop whoop!!!
Today I took a short little road trip with Carrie back up to Joplin to get this sign.
I love this sign so much! I wanted to stop the other day when I was in Joplin and get a photo but I didn't. I knew I could talk Carrie into going back with me. Today when we drove up we ended up behind every slow car in the state of Missouri. When we finally arrived there was a barricade across the parking lot of this old motel. Its been closed for many many years. But today there was a sign that said "Do not enter. K-9 Training in progress." And sure enough there were cops with a big beautiful German Shepherd. You could tell they were not too thrilled that we'd pulled up but I explained that we'd driven an hour from Grove, Oklahoma just to take a picture of this sign. Can you imagine what he was thinking?? He was probably thinking he needed to have that dog sniff out my car! Crazy ladies have arrived!!! Anyway, we ended up getting our photo and they were glad to see us go, I'm sure.
I am wanting to start taking some Route 66 photos. We have so many historic places here in Oklahoma that are on the route. I really need to take advantage of being so close in proximity to them. Wouldn't that be fun?
I got home and decided to put my macro lens on my old camera and get some photos for the "light and shadows" theme for the 365 project. In the summer there is so much to choose from but in the winter... there is not much out there! But this grass is in the back yard by the pool and the sun was shining through it so I snapped some photos.
Then there was this sedum that's in a planter in a flower bed.
Of these two photos I'd decided that the grass would be my photo of the day, so I came inside and was uploading the photos and Joe said "look out back." and this is what we saw.
The pelicans were swimming in our cove fishing. I love how they fish together and help corral the fish to catch them. Joe told me this should really be my photo of the day and I had to agree! Anytime there are pelicans and a sunset involved it trumps dried grass.
I hope everyone has had a great week!
Life is good!!!
He's way too cool to hang out with the likes of me. My feelings are kind of hurt.
After all, you don't hear me talking mean about him do you??? I could say he has a cry like a little bird. And it is true... he doesn't sound like the rock star he is. But I still love him. I want to be his friend. I want him to land in MY TREES and not across the lake at a range that is just a little too far for my lens.
After several years of trying I'm thinking I'm just going to have to work harder to get these pix. You know what that means? Bigger lens.
"And the trees put forth new leaves to sing in joy beneath the sky"
Yesterday my husband and I loaded up an ice chest and took off in our truck to go explore. We took back highways up to Joplin and took routes we'd never taken before. We had no agenda but just wanted to look around. The highway we were on came into Joplin at Main Street so we kept driving. I probably haven't been to the down town area in a year.
As we were driving along we passed a couple of different murals on the walls of downtown and I asked my husband to turn around because I wanted to go take pictures of it. I thought it was colorful and I could use it for my picture of the day for my 365 project. We parked and I started snapping photos. I could tell it was about healing, but as I was taking photos, it just really unexpectedly touched my heart and I had tears in my eyes.
I couldn't avoid the shadow cast from the light pole on this quote. Here's a close up so you can read it.
Below is the whole scene.
This mural was really something. It was beautiful and meaningful.
We also saw one that didn't look like it was funded quite as nicely as this one but the message was still there and you could tell that a lot of effort went into it. It has a lot of heart, and I wanted to share it with you also because I love it too.
When I go to Joplin it's easy for my eyes to see what's not there that was before. But it's slowly filling in and slowly recovering- at least on the surface. The people of Joplin have a beautiful spirit. Here's one simple example of that spirit.
This tree is on 20th street. Right in the middle of the area hardest hit. The ugly trees are everywhere and on one of those trees stripped bare by the tornado people have painted a rainbow and hung bird houses and bid feeders everywhere. The birds are all over this tree! When we pulled in so I could snap a photo a lot of them flew off.
My husband will begin commuting to this town in late spring/summer and we haven't met people from there yet but I hear that everyone has been really warm and inviting. They are thankful that people are coming in and doing business there and not giving up on their town.
.....So that was yesterday!
Oh, and this! We got a chuckle out of this yesterday!
Life is good!!!
Coco is the Kevin Durant of of wiener dogs. She has an excellent vertical leap. Here she is going for her favorite treat after a game of "fetch" with her favorite toy. I say "fetch" because she doesn't bring it back. You throw it and she goes after it. Then she keeps it. But she loves one thing even more than her beloved toys, and that's her Pupperoni.
Here's to Coco!!! She's so sweet and athletic. She's a great dog.
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest! I have a project going at all times!
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