Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
p.s. Van's is one of my favorite bbq places. Check out roadfood.com for some added info.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Hardly Oklahoma. That is the mighty Columbia, tamed by Azwell dam, and officially called Lake Pateros. Lake Pateros for the prosperous town that was buried.
Of course interesting and relevant are two different things. Oklahoma. Google Earth is the free download and you can get a pretty good idea of the state with this.
I like the department of wildlifes site for Oklahoma's mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibion information.
The USDA Forest service has some maps (roadless maps). Too bad they don't have a more extensive collection. Becareful, this site can bog your machine down.
Today Water watch is showing normal precipitation. Water watch is a map of real-time streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year for Oklahoma. Also at the USGS water site is
Map of flood and high flow condition
Ground water watch
Seismicity of Oklahoma and other quaky info from USGS
Terraserver has a great aerial and topo map site
The USGS national map viewer
Oklahoma's Aquifer info and maps
NOAA's Weather map
NOAA's serious data tables on average everything to do with climate
Make a map with National Atlas.gov This is a great source.
OTC hiway bypass info--I've not quite figured this map out, but it might come in handy for something
There is an endless supply of maps on the web. I'm signing off for the night. I'm sure I'll run across more to add at a later date.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I love patterns that can be found in nature. This ice storm changed the structure of the dormant and dead into dazzling displays of light. As the sun got higher in the sky the fields sparkled as if bejeweled for a lavish celebration. The storm is so destructive. Trees groaned under the weight and the architectural stalks of the prairie grass bent low to the ground and some were even crushed. As destructive as an ice storm is, it is absolutely breathtaking in beauty and splendor. It looks otherworldly.
I grew up in apple country, and the fall and early spring orchard sprinklers would sometimes turn the trees into spectacles of ice or the pastures into fields of glistening crystals. It is no wonder that their are so many odes and poems written about the hoar frost and the ice crystals of jack frost.
Beautiful. Would it be wrong to design a winter garden that the hoary frost could frolic in? Or to leave misting sprinklers on to accentuate the natural structures and baroque patterns of nature. Add an overhang long enough for the ice to melt and freeze into glistening sickles.
I'll have to remember and design me a winter garden. One that builds on the natural structure and shapes of plants and the winter pods and berries. One that invites that dreaded but beautiful ice.
School has started and because of the ice storm, transportation snafu's and my children's school being cancelled I've had to miss the first two days of class. What a way to start the semester off. I'm sure it gives a good impression to the professors too.
Hopefully, I'll be able to focus a little bit more time to my blog. I'm really looking forward to my LA History and Theory class.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
The U.S. Postal Service releases its centennial stamp. Big sky, beautiful water, horizontal and gentle lines. It is beautiful and it does say something about Oklahoma. I think it does a pretty good job of representing Oklahoma.
With the issuance of this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the centennial of Oklahoma's statehood.
The stamp design features an evocative painting by Oklahoma artist Mike Larsen. The painting shows the morning sunlight touching the waters of the Cimarron River, one of several rivers that meander through the state. Also included in the design are the words "Oh, what a beautiful mornin'..." - recalling a popular song from the musical Oklahoma! By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
The State is seeking more applicants for an African American plaza to be located north of the Capital on
Monday, January 8, 2007
Holidays, family and traveling has consumed my vacation, and it has been a great vacation. I’m ready to get back to school. I’m looking forward to a semester of planting design and other technical issues. It is hard to get away from the computer, but it is so important to get some fresh air and allow the mind to think. I try to walk, and so I have included pictures from my walk. That is one of my new years resolutions, to get out more and experience more. The computer can be such a black hole when it comes to my time.
These pictures I’m sharing were taken just down the road on one of my walks.
I run across a great winter path shot at Landsessions. Check it out.
Here are my shots: