Illustration credit to Bill Edgar
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Geese love the east end of the lake and dense vegetation.
There is no formal ramp, but the road from Rt. 49 to the dam on
the south side of the lake has three pull-offs with walk-in access.
View across the lake from the launch.
Scenery on the drive to the dam and third pull-off.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
These pictures were not staged, but were taken as they occurred
on no particular day in a municipal park in Oklahoma.
Drinking straws and their paper wrappers on either end of a park
bench a mere ten feet from a trash can.
It would have been at least a 15-foot walk
with that soda can to the trash can.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
I'm standing there guarding cattle. Psych!
Early powered thresher. The large pipe turned back over the machine
was turned out over open ground and discharged chaff from the threshing
Credit: Google Images
A steam engine driving the belts to power a thresher.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
As a bagpiper, I know first hand how much of an investment can
be made in regalia, and the care that is taken both in protecting and
showing one's pride in our cultural heritage. We can only begin to
appreciate the beauty, and more importantly, the hidden meaning of
In both of these, we can see not only the pride of heritage, but
the importance of passing that to the generations to come.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these. Please enlarge the images
on your computer to see the magnificent details.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Two Tribal Princesses, Ponca on left & Pawnee on right.
The Comanche Tribal Princess
The Apache Tribal Princess
A fancy dress dancing competitor. With the cell phone
in his right hand, it seems technology spans all cultures. I've added
a You Tube clip of a fancy dance competition. Watch the
intricate footwork, and note as the fatigue level increases, so does
the dancing tempo.
Father and son competitors.
"Drum" refers to both the instrument, and the gathering of ten drummers
and singers in the circle. This was the same drum performing here and
throughout the evening. When watching the video above, note that their
performance is so finely tuned that it seems only one drummer is playing.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Great news---for me anyhow. I finally got out paddling yesterday. I'll do a post on yesterday shortly. Today, however, while the warmer weather is great for many of us, I'm really feeling sorry for the birds. While out riding the bike, I had two large flocks of geese fly over, each with a count of a couple hundred, all headed due north. We're having weird April weather in February---60 and 70 degree days. The poor birds will suddenly find themselves several hundred miles too far north when the winter door slams shut on them again. Meanwhile, here's a few more of the pictures I promised.
This one is clear to see---the Cheyenne Tribal Princess.
Here's a young lady displaying some entrepreneurial skill. The shade
comes later, right now, it's the better to catch the candy with.
Again, their beading work is amazing.
This one I think takes a little justification on the girl's behalf.
The temperature was 100 degrees. Blanket or no, hop up on
the hood of a truck that has been sitting in the sun for a couple
hours, then crank up the engine, and stay there for two slow trips
through town, and while she still has her princess wave, I feel she's
totally justified in losing her princess smile.
Friday, February 3, 2017
It is popular in rural areas to celebrate the town's past with murals
on the sides of buildings. The quality of work by local artists on
rough brick and concrete is outstanding.
An afternoon cruise through town. What else should we see but
an Indian motorcycle.
The powwow starts with the parade.
The regalia are beautiful. I'll identify the
tribe where it's apparent.
The Arapaho Tribal Princess