Great Blue Heron


This is a pic I took awhile back.  I’ve redone it in Photomatix to give a greater light range and it has a whole different look.  It’s a Great Blue Heron taking flight at Lake Thunderbird, east of Norman.  Hope you enjoy.  These are beautiful birds when you can get close enough to see the detail on them.

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel


A Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel enjoys the morning sunshine on Santa Fe Mountain.

JPEG tonemapped with Photomatix.

Buddies


Since I’m rummaging around in the family archives today, we’ll do one more blast from the past.  Grey and Toby, the Jack Russell Terror.  The people go in the pool, Toby goes in the pool.  People tear open Christmas gifts, Toby tears open Christmas gifts.  Maybe it’s because he was a Christmas gift from Grand Dad.  He’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Frogman


My grandson Grey, the frog catcher.  This was taken 6-17-10.  Those of you who know Grey will see he has grown a bit since then.  He loves the water.

Fish House


The Fish House restaurant on Lake Taneycomo is a great place to eat.  This shot was taken after we’d enjoyed a fabulous meal in this rustic restaurant.  I had the Bayou Platter of blackened catfish, fried crawfish, slaw and steak fries.  They send out a little cast iron skillet of cornbread as a complimentary appetizer and it is scrumptious.  Like all Johnny Morris establishments, it’s decorated beyond belief in an outdoor motif.

Fish House


Bass Pro Shops’ Fish House restaurant sits out over the waters of Lake Taneycomo in Branson, MO.  The evening light really showed the rustic hues of the building.

Rosalie House


Back in 1883 when J.W. Hill began construction on Rosalie House in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, he declared it would be “the prettiest and fanciest home on The Boulavard.”  It was and still is.  J.W. was the wealthiest man in town at the time.  He owned several businesses and built the phone company in Eureka.  Rosalie House is a stunning example of Eastlake and Steamboat Gothic architecture.  Carolyn says it’s “a gingerbread house with lots of frosting.”  I think that description fits it well. Rosalie is a well-known structure and often used to promote Eureka Springs.  It’s been featured in numerous publications including Southern Living and Architectural Digest.  Located at 282 Spring Street, it’s a ‘must see’ if you visit picturesque Eureka Springs.

HDR from a single RAW. Photomatix.