Friday, July 24, 2015

A Year Later

I wrote this post back in October 2012 but never posted it.  Not sure why....but today it gets its due.

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Recently we helped a friend prepare for a estate sale.   She and her now deceased husband lived in one of the most amazing homes in my city ~ an old church (circa 1926) converted into a personal residence.  It's called the Chouse and it's simply beautiful.  Yes, its beauty is the architecture, but it's also because these two made it their home.  They loved animals, music and community and opened it regularly for orphaned cats and dogs (lots of them) and house concerts.

Almost exactly a year ago my husband hosted a house concert for my birthday in this place.  He also surprised me with a very special gift.  He played his mandolin and sang a duet with the artist, Carter Sampson.  Only a few dry eyes in the room as we heard Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You".

(Photo credit - Trisha Bunce)

Soon this place will be owned by someone else who will make it their home. We hope they too will experience the grace and beauty of this place.

(Photo credit - Trisha Bunce)

Finley's View

Finley was my companion at Summer Breeze a few weeks ago and he had an absolute blast. 


Saturday, July 18, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 29 - Motorcades


Waiting for a VIP. 
Yes, the President of the United States of America.
President Barack Obama!!

"There but for the grace of God..." 
~ Barack Obama

God Speed on Prison Reform, Mr. President.
 
From my office - 20th Floor of Devon Tower

On their way to El Reno  

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 28

Fabulous concert with B!!! 
Jason Isbell
"Something More than Free" 

Cain's Ballroom
 Tulsa, OK.



Saturday, June 27, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 26 - Skip Hill Mural

While running around town we stopped by Skip Hill's new commissioned mural on the old Homeland across from the high school.  This building will soon be the new home for Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Skip graciously visited with us for a few minutes and what an inspiration he was to both of us!!  His words "art dies hard" reminding us to be creative.  Calling to our creative selves to say "Yes" to art.

To painting
To photography
To writing
To making music

I say...

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday, June 06, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 23

I just love this dog.  Scooby captured Brad's heart last October when he was running loose in the neighborhood.  His owners couldn't keep him and Scooby soon found his forever home with us.

The capture of my heart took a little longer, but he's settled in and our new routines are now normal.

He's a keeper in our family of 7.  


Sunday, May 31, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 22

Last Sunday night The Steel Wheels performed at the second Summer Breeze concert of the 2015 season.   They were just fabulous.  They sang a song called "Rain" which was stunningly amazing.  They apologized given how much rain we've had here in Oklahoma.  Simply.amazing.harmonies!!

Here is the song on YouTube:  "Rain" by The Steel Wheels


The Steel Wheels - taken with iPhone

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 18 - Word of Encouragement

I'm including this FB screen shot in my "52 Pictures" because the words are so beautiful to me.  A dear friend (old boyfriend) from college sent me this memory on what would have been my Mom's 77th birthday.  Although I don't remember this memory specifically, I can totally see my mom doing this.  My friend's message couldn't have come at a better time for me.  Truly a Word of encouragement.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 16 - Scooby Defense Initiative

Our SDI project extended a section of our fence 18 inches to keep our boy inside.  Although still anxious at times he's much more comfortable.  We don't worry about him bolting through open doors.   He now has three nicknames which means he's fully ensconced in the family.

ISO 200 f/4 1/2000 -.33 ev
Take with iPhone Camera

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 15

Happy Oklahoma Spring!

Taken with my iPhone
Back in early April I took this photo on my way out the door.  I was running late for work, but was taken by the beautiful colors.  Last fall I planted an insane number of tulips.  We even had a few stragglers from last year who came back for a second showing. 

Sunday, April 05, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 14

Last night we had a friend over for dinner, drinks, and music.  So love hearing live music in our house.  What a treat.  While they played I grabbed my camera and did some more practice with the AV setting.  Here is my favorite of B's mandolin.

ISO 12800  f/5.6  1/40

Also took photos of the lovely moon last night.  Took awhile to get the camera to see what I was seeing, but I'm pretty happy with these.

ISO 3200 0.3EV f/1.8 1/80

ISO 1600 0 EV f/1.8 1/80

P.S.  I showed B the post and he said "It's almost like the Bat Signal!"...  he's rescuing humanity on the xbox, or maybe Mr. Freeze.

Friday, March 20, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 12


Turned on the "Highlight Alert" setting today and took shots of Grace.  Although this setting could become annoying, I see how it can be useful as a training aid to see overexposed areas.  This was the fourth image with just a little bit of overexposure on the top of Grace's back.   If I understand the lingo correctly, I underexposed the image 2 stops to get the proper exposure.

Friday, February 27, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 9


Makes me smile every time I see this photo
Took this photo through the window screen.   It's flying Finley.



Friday, February 20, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 8

Never so glad to see this one at our airport late Friday night on Feb 20th after nine days in Colorado to be with his mom.  He delivered his father's eulogy and sang the song he'd written for his dad in 2013.  Both were so beautiful and delivered perfectly.  My trip was sandwiched in between his.  I left Sunday, met up with two of our nieces (#awesomenieces) at DIA, drove all the way across I-70, and made a return trip just 36 hours later.  



Saturday, February 14, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 7

There is a story around why I took this photo, but suffice to say those are the hips that launched this dog over a 5 1/2 foot fence unbeknownst to me.

I heard a knock on our side door and when I got there my neighbor had already walked away.  I opened and he yelled "Scooby's OUT!"  I slipped on my shoes, grabbed a pack of treats, a leash and ran up and down the street (in my PJs no less) yelling frantically.

We ended up finding him just two houses over in the neighbor's backyard.

So, so grateful he didn't go far  Would have been a horrible, horrible end to a hard, hard week.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 6 (take 2)

 Fun with Dog #4.   

No flash with incandescent bulb lighting.




In this set of pictures I think in retrospect I would like to have chosen the incandescent lighting option.  I haven't tried that setting yet, but ran across it the other day when flipping around the controls.  I am excited about receiving a new book I ordered Friday written explicitly for the Canon 70D.  Looking forward to learning more about all the controls and setting.  I'm getting  more and more comfortable with all the settings each time out. 



Saturday, February 07, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 6

Last night I grabbed the camera and took a bazillion photos of this little one.  I played with the ISO setting a bit and I'm beginning to understand how this works with digital photography.  I love his expression in all these photos.  They make me smile and needed to be posted.



Monday, February 02, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 5

Puppy paws. 

Several weeks ago I was sitting with this little one and realized that I really like puppy paws.  Yesterday, we had a photo practice session with her paws.  This is one of my favorites while practicing in Av mode.  F/stop was 1.8 on this photo.  


Took this one with Manual mode.   Finally got a good picture of her black fur.   Learning more and more every photo session.

Friday, January 30, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 4

Here are two of my favorite photos from several practice sessions with my new DSLR camera. #stilllearning



 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

52 Pictures - Week 2

Week 2 - This morning the dogs were running around the backyard after eating breakfast.  They were having so much for so I decided to take my new DSLR camera out for a photo shoot to see if I could get some fun action shots.  No such luck.  Pictures still needs a lot of work and I need a better understanding how to select the correct settings, but here are still shots of my sweet girls.