Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse of the Sun August 21st 2017

On Monday, August 21,2017, millions of Americans watched the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in the United States for nearly a century.

   It was visible in a seventy mile wide and 2,500 mile long zone in the US.  It drew one of the largest audiences in human history.  I was at a teachers workshop so we all came outside to take photographs.

The moon completely covered the sun and the sun's atmosphere.  The corona can be seen.

The moon passed between the sun and Earth and blocked all or part of the sun for up to about three hours.  
A pinhole was pricked on a piece of white paper to cause the reflection of the sun on the as-fault
.  Special glasses were worn to protect your eyes.
Reflections of people holding papers with a pinhole reflect on the hot Texas pavement.

I took these photographs from Dallas but if you were in Carbondale, Illinois the duration of the eclipse was the longest.  The sun was completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.  
It is an event people will remember for a lifetime.  What were you doing during the solar eclipse?

Some say it is a message to mankind.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lake Texoma Weekend Getaway

How to create a perfect Lake Texoma Weekend Getaway.  First pick the adorable lake house close to the water but surrounded by trees filled with birds chirping.  The home has enough chairs to relax and talk by the open fire.
There's a hammock to rock side by side while you read a good book.
There's a marina close by for a quick dinner if you desire at High Point Marina.
Watch a glorious sunset reflect on the sunlit waters of shapes and colors.
Listen to the sounds of birds chirping in beautiful Lake Texoma.
Birds are happy because there is Haggard Nature Reserve close by.
Hire a guide who knows where the Stripe Bass Fish hide in the crystal blue waters of Lake Texoma.
The boat may go up and down a little but the guide is taking you to the perfect spot.
He has special equipment so he knows where the fish are swimming to depths of 8 to 10 feet.
Pull on the line and wait to see the surprise.
Use  your muscles to real in the perfect catch.
The glorious Texas, Oklahoma sun reflects on
waters filled with wildlife.  Wild birds fly above the surface of the water.
Birds know where the fish are swarming in pools of fresh water.
Cook the delicious Stripe Bass fish on an open fire filled with smells of cedar burning.
Eat a delicious dinner of Creole spiced fish cooked on an open fire.  Yummy!!!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

You don't have to travel far in the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolis to discover a secluded Texas Landscape at the northeastern city limits of Fort Worth.  The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is actually on the city line.  Three thousand and six hundred acres are protected so hikers, families and couples can enjoy a piece of the outdoors.  A boardwalk was built overlooking wildlife that makes their habitat in waters.

You don't even have to get your feet muddy.  The wooden path takes you right over swampy places where Bullfrogs croak.

Go a little further along the path and see turtles with jigsaw shells on the protective back.
Tree stumps lie on the ground to tell a story.
The age of the tree lies in the center of the circles of history.
Water snakes swim with ease in the wetland areas of the refuge.
Take a closer look and you can see the length of the snakes winding body.
The Hardwick Interpretive Center is a great place to learn more about Texas Wildlife.

Exhibits of fossils tell a story.
Many classes are taught by the informed staff.
Learn about the many different types of birds.
Bright red Cardinals love to eat seeds in the garden area.
See Buffalo roaming on the Texas Plains.  
Bees are having a great time zipping nectar from sunflowers.
Tall grasses are a place for insects to hide.
Prickly Pear Cactus are native to the Texas Plains.
Wild red raspberries are ripe to pick.
Colorful seeds float in the air to produce new plants on a spring Texas day.
Patterns of nature are everywhere to be found in this special place of refuge.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dallas Arboretum Artscape Zimbabwe Sculptures from Zimsculpt Collection

Dallas Arboretum ZimSculpt and Artscape

Dallas Arboretum displays more than 100 sculptures from Zimbabwean artists.  Through Artscape it features 103 art tents of mediums including painting, sculputre, 2D and 3D mixed media, photography and more.
I was able to meet one of the artists from Zimbabwe.  Aron Kapembeza learned the art of sculpting from his aunt.  He studied the craft under her for four years until he went on his own.   It is common for the craft to be passed down from generation to generation.

He was brought from Zimbabwe with another artist  to display his incredible talent.  He will also be visiting Ohio.

ZimSculpt Marketplace features many talented artists from Africa.

As you stroll along the path the sculptures stand out for their artistic beauty and power to tell a story.

Mother and daughter images clinging to each other in love.
Women are shown with power and strength.
Stone is etched away with care to show texture and vibrancy.
The backdrop of the Dallas Arboretum landscape shows off the beauty.
Details are in the features of hair adorned on the head.
Elephants with large ivory tusks roar with delight.
Fountains spraying refreshing water.
African bird sculptures have graceful curves.
Birds with a spray of feathers show off their wings.
It's a festive atmosphere with music playing.
African and American art unite in a display of talent.
The layout  of Artscape comes from the international landscape designer, Salvador Impastato.

Ed Bratton with Moss Ridge Designs is a sculptor from Rogers, Arkansas. 
Ed Bratton is a self taught artist who creates his unique wire sculptures using a hand twisted technique.  He uses copper, aluminum and brass to create interesting trees and wall art.
Penny B. Pottery creates unique plates with aqua colors of green and blue.
International fine artist show oil paintings created on location.
Artists set up their tents on April 29th even though there was scattered showers.  It shows their dedication to their craft of artistic expression.
The Dallas Arboretum is a great place to visit in late April just to see the beautiful colors of purple and lavender.
Stroll the sidewalks to see yellow and orange zinnias.  
May is approaching and the Texas heat will soon be upon us.  But in April the temperature is just right to enjoy all the beauty of nature and artists.