Sunday, September 30, 2012

Goodbye September

Goodbye September (and summer).

Wishing you a great week. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

sunflower flute tune

just a small video clip of me playing the sunflower flute this evening. 
warning: this is very low budget film,,, ;)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Bottle with Prairie Hill
Bottle with Mt. Scott
 Jar with Dried Basket Flower
Recently I've been finding old bottles on my walks along the neighborhood trail.  The old timers used to
 bury their trash all around here.  And the extension of the trail has unearthed some treasures,,, to my
 utter delight!  As someone reminded me though - to be careful - this is all Native American burial ground.
I will be careful.  
Bottle with Sunset
I found another bottle tonight on our sunset walk...

Wonder what I will find next?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Flute Fest/Art Walk

Medicine Park's Fourth Annual Flute Fest and Art Walk

Myron Beeson, Native American Artist and Flutist

Flutes from Fallen Branch
One of those flutes above was calling my name!
So, I splurged and treated myself to the beautiful sunflower stalk -
it has such a lovely sound. :)  I just need to practice more. ha!
Perhaps next year I can display art and play the flute as well!

Here's a little more info about Fallen Branch and the beautiful natural flutes 
they craft from tree branches and flower stalks.

Having an ice cream with my sis.

Origami Bird Earrings

Whimsy Owls

I sold a lot of earrings, one encaustic piece and traded art with another artist. 
I was pleasantly surprised at how much the ladies liked the origami birds.

Here is a little write-up on me...

Setting up my humble space on the Plantation porch.
Catherine Prose, Scissor tails
 I have to share the amazing silk screen now hanging on my living room wall. 
Cat and I have been talking about a trade for a while and we were finally
 in the same place and time. :)  Cat's art really 'speaks' to me! 
(The scissor tail is Oklahoma's state bird.)

 And here's my sunflower flute at home on the prairie with me.
It's perfect.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

a visit from a collard lizard

Male Collard Lizard
i must share on the flute fest/artwalk in my next post. it was wonderful.
i even splurged and bought a natural flute made of a sunflower stalk!
it's absolutely amazing.  anyway, i have been so busy cleaning or
 either just enjoying some time with my hubby today that i haven't had
 a chance to sort through my thoughts and pictures on yesterday's event.

a quick pic though of a beautiful visitor in our wild backyard today.
oh, we deserved this creature of beauty after all the scorpions and
spiders and centipedes we have to put up with!   

it was 96 today so this male Oklahoma Collard Lizard was enjoying
the second day of fall in summer-like weather. :)

i wish you a great week!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Drama on Prairie Hill

Flora Noir, papercut
Drama on Prairie Hill
Autopsia, photo
The sunrises and sunsets have been extraordinary!
All God has to do is sneeze and there's a living canvas of glory! :)

Anyway,,, I have always enjoyed silhouettes 
and for a long-time brewing is an idea for a new papercut,,,
of the post oaks and dried flowers.   
These images inspire me.

Flora Noir (above) is one of my older pieces -
a large papercut from a single sheet of paper,,
A favorite piece I could never sell. :) 

The Creation of Friendship!
This male Oklahoma Brown tarantula was walking around my yard,,
and I'm working up my nerve to let one crawl up my hand... 
Hope to share a pic with you when that happens.

Be brave! Have a great day!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

along the barbed-wire,,,

Flowering Spurge
found a new flower today growing along the barbed-wire,,,

wishing you all a great week ahead!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge (part 2)

Old country house with sunflowers.
Snow on the Mountain
Pinkweed - a pretty roadside wildflower.
Starting a trail at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
American Elm
Makes a great garland!
Great Salt Plains Lake
Gay feathers

Sand lily
There should be water here.
 I look forward to coming back to this area in the spring
 so that I can see all the migrating birds in 
the marshes and lake.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Salt Plains and Selenite (Jet/Oklahoma)

The plains are 7 miles long and 3 miles wide.

 We went on a roadtrip Saturday to check out the
 Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
 in North Central Oklahoma!

The barren landscape of the Great Salt Plains
 is comprised of salt left over from an ocean that 
covered Oklahoma in prehistoric times.

This place was amazing!

The refuge allows digging for selenite crystals from April - October.

Let the diggin' begin!
Greg works; Zody supervises. :)
Selenite is a crystalized form of gypsum. On the Salt Plains, 
the crystals are formed just below the salt encrusted surface. 
 Iron oxide in the soil gives the crystals their chocolate brown color.

Our collection - cleaned and sorted!
Oklahoma is the only place in the world where the 'hour-glass' shaped
crystals are formed.  We also found a few clusters and penetrating twins.

Aren't they cool?

(In my next post I'll finish up the trip pics - 
we explored the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
trails and lake.  I also added a couple of new wildflowers 
to my watercolor collection :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

patience and passion~flowers

A few months ago, a friend gave me a few of
his passion flower shoots.  I've diligently watered and 
patiently watched a handful of green stalks turn 
into a bush and now this great beautiful reward!

Passionflowers are ridiculously gaudy -
only nature can pull such a stunt and get away with it.

If you are waiting for something,
It will come if you remain patient. 


Monday, September 3, 2012

Crab Eyes Hike

Started out at 7am and enjoyed the sounds of bugling elks.
Destination Crab Eyes on Twin Rocks
Wood sorrel
Juxtaposition of textures!
"The Moon in Crab Eyes"
This is such an amazing rock formation!!
Helen boldering.
Last year's fires burned trees and vegetation in this area.  Weeds rise from the ashes though...
Another Ragweed Forest!
 Bloom and berries so pretty!
Unidentified flower,,,but making a point how tall they grow.
Are you playing hide n' seek? asked Helen

He was not amused,,, but practiced tolerance.
Greg checking out an old mine. Old timers blasted for gold in the early 1900's.
Quartz in the granite made them dig for gold...
Spider Hammock...
Headed back to the Trail Head.