These are some more photos taken while snorkeling on Maui. These were all taken at Olowalu Beach.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Into everyone's life a little rain must fall, even these Black Oyster Catchers who I found on the shore of Hardy Bay this afternoon while chasing rainbow pictures.
Needless to say our weather is back to normal over here on the West Coast, wet and overcast... All the pictures from Ron's latest trip to Maui has me thinking about Hawaii again. Thanks Ron!
The State of Oklahoma is celebrating the 100th birthday of our Native Son, Haozous. This bronze of Singing Heart and my last post of Morning Prayer were on loan to the Capitol from Allan Houser,Inc of Santa Fe. As Long as the Waters Flow, is a part of the Capitols Art Collection.
Mother and Child
Anna Marie Houser, widow of Houser, believed the child is Allan and is being held by his Mother , Blossom.
Like any great artist, my father's work reflected both the experiences of his own life and the influences of other artists,past and present. Throughout history, artists have been fascinated with the images of mother and child, a love that he had experienced with his own mother, Blossom Haozous. He had witnessed the bonding between his wife, Anna Marie Houser, and their sons. In "Singing Heart," my father captured the protective love that a mother feels for her child. If there is one theme that unifies Allan's lifetime work, from beginning to end, it is the image of maternal love.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Maggie, Sunny and Buster had a blast last week after a fresh bit of snow, dogs love snow!
Believe it or not this is the most snow we've seen so far this winter on the North end of Vancouver Island, a whole almost 4 inches! Guess I shouldn't say too much just yet, winter isn't quite over... Every once in a while we good a good solid dump of snow as late as the first week of April.
Facing the east while waiting for the morning sun to rise, this Apache man sings his prayer song.
"During his lifetime, my father created more than forty pieces of art that depicted a man's personal relationship with God. His mother, Blossom, was a devoutly religious woman who had been raised a Christian in the Apache Reformed Church. In "Morning Prayer," Allan uses his narrative skills to present a man who is in deep thought as he faces the rising sun. In his hand is a drumstick, beating a slow rhythm on the drum as he sings his morning prayers. Through the art of my father, we sense this man knows his place in the universe."
Oh yea, it's THAT cold! We had a HIGH of just 8 degrees yesterday. We were supposed to get nine inches of snow but as usual, the weather man got it wrong and we actually only got about two inches. This time I was glad they got the weather wrong.
As much as I am enjoying learning about taking photos of snowflakes I'm hoping this is my last chance to photograph snowflakes for several months.
These flakes were captured on a black t-shirt and the threads in the shirt is the design you are seeing in the background.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
As Long as the Waters Flow
This 13 foot 6 inch bronze statue occupies a prominent place on the plaza in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol. A tribute to the Native Americans of our state and contributions they have made. Houser portrayed his subject dressed in her native attire while holding an eagle feather fan, a sacred symbol among Native American cultures.
Dedicated on June 4, 1989
Allan Houser (Haozous) was born on the family farm near Apache , Oklahoma on June 30th, 1914. A member of the Apache Nation, our state is proud to call him one of our own. One of the 20th centuries most important artists. Haozous passed from this earth on August 22nd, 1994.
Contains some interesting Oklahoma names that were in attendance.
...more Haozous, next post...
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Pardons to the sculptress, but Dancing With a Prickly Pear was the first thing that came to mind as I walked up to this statue. That bronc and rider have got themselves in one heck of a fix!
Tribute to Range Riders
Standing at the Capitol entrance is an intricately detailed bronze by Constance Whitney Warren. A sculptress of Paris,France and New York. A Tribute To The Romantic Riders of the Range. Dedicated in 1930.
1st Sculpture installed on Capitol grounds.
Spent some time studying this bronze and have to say the sculptress had a great eye for detail. A fitting tribute to all the men who drove Longhorns up the trails to the rail heads in Kansas from Texas and through Oklahoma!
This last trip to Maui was a weird one where the waves were concerned. We normally have surf that is one, maybe two feet tall in front of our condo but for about half of this trip we had waves that were reaching 6-8 feet. It was great for the surfers but made it hard to find clear water to snorkel in.
This first shot was taken in front of our condo with the Nikon P7700.
This was taken at Kalahu Point near Hana.
And this of course is what lurks below the waves.
As a side note, if you ever find yourself on Maui during a "big wave" day you might want to stay in your condo. The surf report (an app I have on my phone) was forecasting 30-50 foot waves on the windward side of the island one Wednesday. I was told by one of the local photographers that if the waves were breaking right the pro surfers would be out in force and it would be a great opportunity to get some good photos. I took that as a sign and loaded up the 600mm lens and headed to the other side of the island.
Little did I know that most of the people on the island had the very same idea. We got about half way to the windward side of the island when we hit the traffic. After that we were literally traveling two miles an hour and we had about six more miles to go. My Aloha spirit was really tested that day!
I did find a shortcut on our way back so next time I will know how to bypass the majority of the traffic. By the time we got back to our condo the news stations were calling it "Big Wave Wednesday".
Of course after we got where we wanted to be it was apparent the waves weren't cooperating. They were definitely big but they were breaking too close to each other for it to be safe so the surfers just sat on the shore waiting to see if it would change.
Just another day in paradise!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Topping out the Capitol buildings dome is a 22 foot bronze statue named "The Guardian". One of our native sons, Enoch Kelly Haney, was the sculptor.
"...I am the Guardian..."
E. Kelly Haney
Master Artist of The Five Civilized Tribes, Mr. Haney is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation. He also has served as the Principal Chief of that Tribe and a four year term in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Lifted to it's permanent position on June 7, 2002, sculptor Enoch Kelly Haney gave voice to his creation. A small quote from his speech I give below;
"...I will stand guard here, over our great state, over our majestic land, over our values. My lance pierces my legging and is planted in the ground. I will not be moved from my duty, from my love of Oklahoma and all of its people...I will stand my ground, and I will not be moved..From this day on, I will stand guard. I will stand strong and be proud of Oklahoma, our home."
All three of these shots were taken from the top of Haleakala, the dormant volcano on Maui. I was standing at an elevation of 10,023 feet when I took the first two photos.
This first shot was taken with a fisheye lens just for fun. The lights that you see in the bottom right hand corner are from the island of Oahu about 100 miles away.
This is a shot of the Milky Way. I was just curious what the shot would look like. Next year Aaron and I plan on hiking into the crater of the volcano and getting some star photos with some landscape in them.
I took this photo about at about 9000 feet elevation looking down at the town of Kahului. You can see the light cloud cover hanging over the lights of the city.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
State Capitol Building of Oklahoma
Had the occasion to be over in Oklahoma City last week and while there paid the Capitol a visit. My next few posts will show a few pics both outside and inside the building.
Completed in 1917, the elements of a combination of Greek and Roman features can be seen. Originally the blueprints called for a dome, but it was only added in 2002. Government sometimes moves slow it seems.
If my facts are right, Oklahoma is the only Capitol with working oil rigs on it's grounds. Petunia #1 was named for the petunia field it was drilled on.