10/06/08 to 12/29/08

Tall Grass Prairie

Fall is here and the fall colors are just around the corner. We made it up to the Tall Grass Prairie this past weekend and it was a beautiful day. We took both loops; the southern loop is almost entirely within the park. About half of the north loop is outside of the park. This picture was taken on the north loop. As you can see the prairie grass has started changing to a golden yellowish brown color and the vistas are gorgeous.

The Prairie is run by the Nature Conservancy and consists of about 38,000 acres of prairie and post oak. Their Buffalo heard has grown to about 2,800 animals; they´re almost to their goal of 3,200. The prairie is located about 5 or 6 miles north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I highlighted a Buffalo calf in the 6/9/08 Pic Of The Week, if you´re interested.

water tower

I was visiting family last year in Central Missouri when we passed through the town of Tipton, Mo. It´s a nice town but not very big. I liked the way they decorated their water tower so I snapped this picture. No, the water tower is not slanted, that has more to do with the photographer and the time constraints he was under to get this picture.

I´m told that some years back the town leaders decided to paint their water tower to look like all the other water towers you see. But the town´s folk didn´t like that so they threw such a fit that their leaders decided to repaint it like it was; an 8 ball.

nathanael greene park

This week I´m highlighting 3 new picture galleries on the Gardens and Parks page. I used to live east of Springfield, Missouri and I visit the area several times a year. Last year I stumbled upon one of those gems of a place that I´m always looking for. I couldn´t believe that I had never heard of this place since I´m in the area so much. It was Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, a 113 acre park located on the south side of Springfield. It was spring when I visited, the roses and Day Lilies were in full bloom. I have to say, I´ve never seen such a collection of beautiful Day Lilies in my life.

I was only able to visit a small corner of the park the day I was there and I only scratched the surface with the Day Lily and Rose gardens. For more information on the park I invite you to click on the Gardens and Parks link on the Navigation Bar at the top of the page.

yellow flower

Well, we´re probably going to miss the fall colors in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma this year, unless they are still showing when we get back. With all the rain we had earlier in the year it was promising to be a beautiful display this year. However, we did see some colors briefly coming through the Appalachian Mountains while we were stopped at the North Carolina Welcome Center. We are in hopes of seeing more on our return trip.

We were surprised to see so many flowers blooming out here in North Carolina this late in the season. We´re staying at our son´s hours; came to see the new grandbaby and I found this stem of flowers blooming in their back yard. I should have some fall colors for next weeks Pic Of The Week.


As I mentioned in last weeks POTW, we´ve been traveling in North Carolina for the last couple of weeks. Just down the road from our son´s house is this barn. I finally pulled away for a half hour to get this barn picture and some others of the farm. This was one of those times that I wished I´d had a couple of hours; not for picture taking but for a history lesson.

The barn is located on the historic Malcolm Blue Farm that dates back to 1825. The barn is fairly new and as it turns out not a barn at all but a museum giving the history of the farm and local area. They added the barn style museum to the farm in 1986 and it is full of local history.

The farmstead is located on the south side of Aberdeen, NC which is located in an area that use to be known as the Pine Barrens. Towards the end of September the farm hosts the Historical Crafts and Farm Skills Festival the last weekend of September, the Bluegrass Festival in the summer and the Yuletide Celebration the second weekend in December. For more information you can go to their web site at www.malcolmbluefarm.com.

Bear Den Overlook

As I mentioned last week, we´ve been traveling for the last few weeks, visiting the grandkids. On the return trip we took a different route home, the first leg was through Northwest North Carolina. We drove about 60 miles down the Blue Ridge Parkway; the detour was worth the extra time.

The leaves ranged from before peak to well past peak color. This picture was taken at Bear Den Overlook in an area where the leaves were at peak. If you´re ever in the Appalachian Mountains I would recommend you taking a trip up or down the parkway, no matter what time of the year. It will be well worth the time.

fall colors

On our recent trip out east we came out of North Carolina on Hwy 19W. It was a winding, twisting road above Ashville, NC. The trees in this area were at their peak when we came through. Hopefully this gives you an idea of how beautiful the drive was.

garfield park conservatory

I´m going back in time this week to a trip we made to Chicago this past spring and highlight a new set of galleries I just put into the Gardens and Parks section of the website. I just loaded 7 galleries of pictures taken at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Located within the 184 acre Garfield Park on Chicago´s west side, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a stunning work of art in glass. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest Conservatories in the country.

For more information about the Conservatory just go to www.garfieldconservatory.org.

blue ridge parkway

One more picture from our October road trip. The scenery was just too beautiful not to share. This was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of Ashville, NC, way north, maybe 50 to 60 miles.

blue ridge parkway

The wife and I went out looking for deer today and wound up at Sequoyah State Park on Lake Ft. Gibson in Eastern Oklahoma. We didn´t see many deer but we stayed to watch the sunset. It was beautiful, I hope you like it.

white barn

This week I´m highlighting a new page in the barn section. I didn´t have a chance to take a lot of barn pictures while visiting North Carolina this past fall, but I did manage to get a few. This is another barn from the Malcolm Blue Farm in Aberdeen, NC. North Carolina is a pretty state and we saw many more barns that I was not able to get a picture of. I´m looking forward to going back.


Well it´s in the middle of winter so I thought I would show a bit of spring. I took this picture of a cactus one spring at Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas panhandle. If you´re ever in the Amarillo, TX area it´s worth a side trip. You´ll be driving along with nothing but Texas plain in all directions and then the floor drops out of it and you´re there, Palo Duro Canyon. It is the Grand Canyon of Texas and well worth a visit.

christmas lights

This week I´m going to step out of my box and go with the season. This is a picture of the Christmas Lights at Rehema Church in Broken Arrow, OK. They add to the display every year and there are over a million lights now. This is just one small corner of the display. Well worth the trip to go and see if you´re in the Tulsa, Ok area between Thanksgiving and New Year.

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