Still Life?

This is art in its truest form. From my blogging friend Lilly!

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

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Still life

after all these disappointments–after all this pain.

Gale force life knocked me off my feet, and I close my eyes

tightly

so as not to see.  But  I still feel.

I feel the cuts and abrasions, grief warring with peace,

black tangling with rosy light–and

still with all of it, I land sure-footed, and

still there is life.

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Attention, all! See the marvels of God!
    He plants flowers and trees all over the earth,
Bans war from pole to pole,
    breaks all the weapons across his knee.
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
    loving look at me, your High God,
    above politics, above everything.”    ~~Psalm 46: 8-10 (The Message)

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Daily Post: A Moment of Kindness

As a photojournalist, I strived to focus on moments of kindness instead of doom and gloom. One particular day, I was sent out to cover a house fire – your typical doom and gloom feature that it seems most people desire to read/see in the newspaper. As I was shooting the devastating fire that was quickly (in spite of the gallant efforts of the firefighters) devouring the family home, I turned as a young girl arrived on scene.

A Helping arm

 

She heard that her house was on fire and left basketball practice in her stocking feet. The assistant chief of police met her running down the road and soon offered a comforting arm. This image has always epitomized random acts of kindness for me. The officer didn’t have to go to her and comfort her, but he chose to and in doing so eased the pain of losing her home.

Day At A Floral Warehouse

I’ve just recently discovered the advantage of going to nurseries and florist warehouses to take shots of beautiful flowers. Its fun, its convenient (they are all in one place) and if you don’t get run off, you get some awesome images. Here are a few (alas, still taken with my iPhone) at a place that specialized in orchids and bromeliads.

I know this one looks over saturated, but honestly, this was its genuine color!

I know this one looks over saturated, but honestly, this was its genuine color!

I loves this pair - they remind me of tigers

I love this pair – they remind me of tigers

What's not to love, they are purple!

What’s not to love, they are purple!

pretty in pink

pretty in pink

This reminds me of a fairy

This reminds me of a fairy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves 2

Here are a few of my favorite non-living curves!

St. Louis Arch

St. Louis Arch

Glass Spires reaching toward the clouds

Glass Spires reaching toward the clouds

Arches at a mission in San Antonio

Arches at a mission in San Antonio

The underside of a bridge on the San Antonio River walk

The underside of a bridge on the San Antonio River walk

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves 1

It has been a while since I’ve done a weekly challenge. First the photo a day exercise I completed in May took a lot of my time and second, my camera is still in the shop! I don’t really like any of my spares (which is why they are spares), so I’ve been kind of being lazy on the creative front. Thirdly, I’ve gotten way too comfortable relying on my camera phone to worry about taking my spare with me everywhere.

That being said, this image is one I took with my iPhone one day while leaving a garage sale. I just realized yesterday, that the shape of this tree trunk resembles the backside of two people either dancing or embracing!

This couple have some very curvy bottoms, if not a bit rough!

This couple have some very curvy bottoms, if not a bit rough!

Here At Last

I have a small fish pond. No it doesn’t have any fish in it, because our local cranes kept eating them. But it does hold my beloved lily plant. Now most of you have become aquatinted with our WEATHER in Oklahoma over the past few weeks, so you will understand when I say hail has kept my plant from blooming for three years!

Each spring for the past three years, just as my lily plant was putting on beautiful leaves pads, we got hit with hail! And not just little hail, but car damaging, leaf stripping hail! Nothing like what hit before all the tornados this year, but enough to cause havoc in my garden. Because of this hail, my lily plant as not put out a single flower in three years! It has depressed me as I enjoy coming out to see the beautiful water flowers opening up in my little garden pond!

This is not snow in May, it is hundreds of marble size hail stones that ripped through leaves and flowers alike!

This is not snow in May, it is hundreds of marble size hail stones that ripped through leaves and flowers alike!

After the storm last year, nothing was left of my lily plant except a few stems.

After the storm last year, nothing was left of my lily plant except a few stems.

 

Well this year, all the hail storms went around our yard and when I came out one morning two weeks ago (before the tornados), I was greeted to a bud about to open and then the next day a full bloom! I know its silly, but with everything going on around me and all the destruction, this single bloom holds a measure of hope for me! Enjoy!

Just opening up to say, "Hi!"

Just opening up to say, “Hi!”

Trying to hide under a lily pad!

Trying to hide under a lily pad!

So perfectly formed and no hail damage!

So perfectly formed and no hail damage!

pure and white with a touch of sunshine

pure and white with a touch of sunshine

It reminds me of a tea cup.

It reminds me of a tea cup.

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

I wasn’t going to post anything on this since I posted a photo of my funny sign I put up in my yard after the flooding, but I found this one on Facebook and HAD to share it. It is a testament to the amazing sense of humor we Okies have even in the face of such tragic adversity!

I'm not sure who took the photo, probably the store owner! But it definitely made me smile!

I’m not sure who took the photo, probably the store owner! But it definitely made me smile!

Great Photos of a Great Tragedy

Oh my, what tragedy and at the same time such beauty in these photos. As a photojournalist, I can tell you that this photographer either has some heck of equipment and lenses or he got WAY too close to the action. That first image of the cacti was spectacular! I am so thankful that no more people were harmed in these fires. Here’s praying for the other 40 percent containment!

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

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Sunset on Destruction

I went through the city of Moore for the first time tonight; the TV images can’t even begin to convey how horrible the reality is. It is so very sad. I also went through Country Club Estates in Newcastle (my hometown). My heart is so heavy for all the families that have been affected by these storms. In Moore, I went by one of my favorite horse ranches/stables. It was gone! I don’t mean flattened with debris lying around; I mean completely gone! All the barns, stables, fences and unfortunately all the beautiful animals that were boarded and raised there. I don’t know how many animals perished, but as a horse lover, my heart is breaking. My own horse saved my life in more than one way as I was growing up. I can’t imagine the fear they must have felt.

Please keep praying for the families, the clean up crews, the volunteers and the insurance companies!

This image is the only one I’ve taken of any tornado damage (I know, very unphotojournalistic of me). The juxtaposition between the beautiful sunset behind the utter and total destruction struck a chord with me.

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The juxtaposition of the beautiful Oklahoma sunset and the complete and utter destruction struck a chord with me. (taken with my iPhone with Camera+, edited in Photoshop)

During and After Yet Another Storm

I’m an Okie and so used to severe storm season; but enough is enough. Last night’s tornados and flash floods not only hit some of the same places in Moore, OK (Paula Blaxton, my heart goes out to your parents), but it also claimed more lives! Today’s death toll is at 9. That puts us at 33 for the last two weeks.

These were the clouds to the south

These were the clouds to the south

Clint and I tried to make it to a shelter in the nearby town (we really need to install one ourselves), but ended up being chased by the storms all the way to Chickasha. For three hours we were in traffic trying to flee the worst storm system in Ok history and ended up getting back toward home to drive right into flash flooding and torrential rains! To say it was scary was an understatement. I’m still tense. Next time, I ride out the storms in my interior hall and take my chances with the wind! The crazy drivers out there nearly gave me a heart attack!

In the south again

In the south again

My middle daughter lives in Mustang and lost a VERY large tree in their back yard. Unfortunately, it came down on their house!. She and the babies were not home – thank heavens – but they did sustain major damage to their home. They are assessing the damage this morning. The bad part is that they are calling for more rain for our state. My other girls are okay. MIcah’s nerves are frayed as she spent the night at work at Mercy Heart Hospital trying to calm patients while worrying about her family.

The clouds in the south were very pretty

The clouds in the south were very pretty

The clouds in the north were not so pretty, these were the ones with the tornados

The clouds in the north were not so pretty, these were the ones with the tornados

This image doesn't even do these clouds justice, what a time to be without proper camera equipment.

This image doesn’t even do these clouds justice, what a time to be without proper camera equipment.

When we got home or rather near home, we were met with running water in the roads and a yard that was more flooded than last week. Even my top terrace in the back had standing water – a first in the 20 years we’ve lived here. We had to park our car which barely made it through the flooding at a higher elevation and wade home. I took some pics in the dark of how close the water came to the house and some more this morning as it had receded some. The ground is so saturated, it won’t dry until August!

Here are some of the flooding images. I was so terrified during our flight from the storms, that I didn’t take any photos of the storm clouds that were chasing us or the water on the roadways. I only got out my camera (or actually my daughters little point and shoot) when we were safe at home. The first group were the shots I took last night; the second were taken this morning after the waters had receded.

This is the big sycamore tree in my front yard. it is about 400-500 feet from the road and my ditch is about 4-5 feet deep. The water crossed the road! BTW, all the black is water!

This is the big sycamore tree in my front yard. it is about 400-500 feet from the road and my ditch is about 4-5 feet deep. The water crossed the road! BTW, all the black is water!

This is the top of the hill in my backyard, there has NEVER been any standing water in the back, it is so much higher than the house!

This is the top of the hill in my backyard, there has NEVER been any standing water in the back, it is so much higher than the house!

The water was several inches deep at the back, and around on the drive. We have water in our utility room at the back door and under my freezer. My utility room used to be my back porch until we closed it in. Perhaps should have sealed it better.

The water was several inches deep at the back, and around on the drive. We have water in our utility room at the back door and under my freezer. My utility room used to be my back porch until we closed it in. Perhaps should have sealed it better.

This is my driveway which is about 3 feet deep in places that tiny with thing in the middle is my mailbox at the road!

This is my driveway which is about 3 feet deep in places that tiny with thing in the middle is my mailbox at the road!

This is the south side of my yard about 100-2-- feet to the creek which is all under water - second time in one week! This time was a lot worse.

This is the south side of my yard about 100-2– feet to the creek which is all under water – second time in one week! This time was a lot worse.

my lilly pond - its full so no need to add water. I planted seeds around it as well because of drought erosion from previous years. Now all the dirt is going to wash awry. One good think, all my trees should do some awesome growing!

my lilly pond – its full so no need to add water. I planted seeds around it as well because of drought erosion from previous years. Now all the dirt is going to wash awry. One good think, all my trees should do some awesome growing!

Care for a swim? My pin oak looks very happy, I think I hear it singing! That dirt area in the middle and around that tree; I just planted seeds the day before. I think its safe to say that they washed away.

Care for a swim? My pin oak looks very happy, I think I hear it singing!
That dirt area in the middle and around that tree; I just planted seeds the day before. I think its safe to say that they washed away.

This was across my road, the runoff of Triple Creek which runs along the south side of my property.

This was across my road, the runoff of Triple Creek which runs along the south side of my property.

Here's your sign! You can see where the water line was up too last night!

Here’s your sign! You can see where the water line was up too last night!

Welchel's Wetland is full and accepting endangered species! We did have some waterfowl yesterday before the flooding began. The water came all the way up to that large tree on the left side of the photo.

Welchel’s Wetland is full and accepting endangered species! We did have some waterfowl yesterday before the flooding began.
The water came all the way up to that large tree on the left side of the photo.

Lake Welchel from the road. Last night the gas meter on the left was almost completely submerged and the water was crossing the road I'm standing on. That ditch or embankment is a 4-5 foot drop from the road.

Lake Welchel from the road. Last night the gas meter on the left was almost completely submerged and the water was crossing the road I’m standing on. That ditch or embankment is a 4-5 foot drop from the road.

This is my neighbor to the south of the creek, his place doesn't usually flood. When driving home last night I just knew we were going to wash into this creek/flooded areas.

This is my neighbor to the south of the creek, his place doesn’t usually flood. When driving home last night I just knew we were going to wash into this creek/flooded areas.

Say Hello to my little friend! This little guy was displaced and stuck on the asphalt! The image is blurry because I'm using a borrowed camera and I can't figure out how to get closeups on it!  Should of used my cell phone!GRRRRRR, my camera is still in Japan!

Say Hello to my little friend! This little guy was displaced and stuck on the asphalt! The image is blurry because I’m using a borrowed camera and I can’t figure out how to get closeups on it! Should of used my cell phone!GRRRRRR, my camera is still in Japan!

This is, I'm not sure what it is??? Maybe a gas tank? This is some of the debris stuck in the culvert on my creek. The county stopped and looked at it and then drove off. What can you expect? Our road has been torn up since last Dec and they still haven't fixed it, why take care of a clogged flooding creek.

This is, I’m not sure what it is??? Maybe a gas tank? This is some of the debris stuck in the culvert on my creek. The county stopped and looked at it and then drove off. What can you expect? Our road has been torn up since last Dec and they still haven’t fixed it, why take care of a clogged flooding creek.

I am so very thankful for my $3 thrift store find! Allows me to go where no camerawoman would normally go!

I am so very thankful for my $3 thrift store find! Allows me to go where no camerawoman would normally go!

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