Like Night and Day

Admittedly not my best photography – these are cellphone photos (I sent my camera with Daughter Trinidad to Hawaii – she’s currently on a trip there with her high school marching band) – but I thought I would share the difference here between yesterday afternoon and pre-dawn today.

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This morning – by daybreak there was 4 inches of snow on the ground

Poor Trin – she’s been wishing for snow for weeks!

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Work in Progress

Four months after a devastating tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma, the recovery process continues.

Satellite images show the scale of the damage caused by the massive EF5 tornado that was on the ground for nearly 40 minutes and traveled a distance of 17 miles. EF5 is the highest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale. At its widest, the May 20th tornado was 1.3 miles across.

Shannan Rhodes, a bricklayer who owns a mason company with his father, has worked in the aftermath of both the May 3, 1999 Moore tornado and the May 20, 2013 tornado.

Rhodes has over 25 years experience in the construction industry, and he estimates that recovery from the May 20th  tornado in Moore will take another year and a half or two years. He points out that cleanup is still ongoing, and there is much that still needs to be done.

Rhodes observes, “All the cameras are turned off now, four months later and it’s something we should all not forget. We should not forget those people, and help them any way we can because they’re still needing help, even four months later.”

This is a video I did for one of my classes:

Double Take

For the Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot Two Ways:

Oklahoma City skyline from the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City skyline from the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Alternate view of Oklahoma City skyline seen from the Boathouse District during the 2013 Sprint Nationals and Paracanoe Nationals

Alternate view of Oklahoma City skyline seen from the Boathouse District during the 2013 Sprint Nationals and Paracanoe Nationals

I took these photos while on a photo shoot for an assignment from one of my classes.

The building on the right is the Devon Boathouse.

Smooth Operator

For the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Daughter Eva is training for a May ice show, and usually by the time we arrive for 2:30 practice on Saturday the ice has been “zammed”. Last week the zamming wasn’t done until 2:30, giving Eva a little extra time to stretch before skating.

It is only thanks to the kindness and generosity of a dear blogger named Ralph, who not only made certain Santa visited my home this past Christmas but made it possible for my family to skate this year. Ralph has helped many, many people in many ways, changing many lives for the better. Here’s to all the wonderful people like Ralph who change the world for the better! 🙂

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Summer Cookout

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire

While it may be winter now, these photos were taken last June on the coldest summer day on record in Oklahoma

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