Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Colors in Tulsa Oklahome & New Sonny Camera

As many of you know from my post last week my Kodak Easy Share camera went on the fritz. Many of you were so kind in sending me ideas & suggestions on cameras to purchase. Some were easy share types that just drop in your purse. Others were SLR type cameras. When looking at many of the "Easy" type the prices were within $200 of the entry level SLR & the clerk helping me said "if you want to work up to an SLR but don't know how to use all the extra bells & whistles... look at it this way the SLR on AUTO will be a much better picture than one of the EASY types". So, we bought the Sonny (Hubby has always thought highly of Sonny products so that part was an easy sell) a230 as a gift to ourselves. Leigh sent me a great site that compares different models against each other & it might help others when making these decisions. Thanks Leigh!!!! A little larger than an "Easy" but, I do like the fact that I can "move up" as I take some photography classes or just have more options as I practice with different settings. Wish me luck!!!! But, I thought I would share some of my first photos using it since this past weekend was our 39th Anniversary. Where does time go????? THIRTY NINE YEARS!!!!! WOW. Anyway, Friday was our Anniversary & we wanted to go for a ride & just share some time together. We went down to our property to check on the stock ponds. Since our dry summer they had been totally empty. But, with the past months rain many are looking better. We also checked on the water level of Lake Whitney which is nearby to see if it would be safe to launch our new platoon boat for a ride soon. The laked looked better but, not ready for boat launching by newbies. I thought this would be the extent of the Annv. with dinner concluding the day. BUT, he got a phone call to cancel his job on Saturday & he surprised me by saying... "PACK YOUR OVERNIGHT BAG WE'RE LEAVING ON A LITTLE GET AWAY".
He took me for a ride through the Arbuckle Mountains into Oklahoma & up to Tulsa. For a fall foliage hunt. We stayed at the Ambassador Hotel (click on the photo to enlarge so you can see the fretwork on this building... lovely) in downtown Tulsa. We had stayed here 5 years ago on an Annv. trip we took. It is a very old, upscale property & he booked us a corner suite which makes for a beautiful view.
As you can see in this photo, for a downtown hotel this one is not HUGE. It's just charming. Darn, I wish I had taken inside photos of the lobby area. But, the new camera had to have the battery charge overnight & I didn't think of it the next morning.
Here's what we were after.... Leaf color changes!!!!! Here in Texas it is cooler but, our leaves aren't/don't really change a lot. Looking for RED!
We found some pretty leaves on our drive through the old beautiful neighborhoods of Tulsa.
Beautiful BLUE skies made for some pretty photos don't you think? And what do you think of the photos using the new camera? I think they are pretty. Thank you to all of you who sent me camera information.
Now, Thursday was a class at Jana's for rusche (Jana says that is French for ruffled) roses (yes, I'll show the end product soon in another post), Friday spent with "Honey at the property, Saturday & Sunday in Tulsa... when am I going to get ready for TRADE DAYS which is Saturday?????? I'm off to try to work on my stuff. Have a great week my friends.


Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Loved the pics. Hope you are working hard, I sure am. Talk to you soon.
Hugs, Pat

Then and Now at Collected Treasures said...

Sounds like you are just having a great time. I really enjoyed your new pictures. Happy Anniversary. Can't wait to see you this weekend.

Collected Treasures said...

Happy are beautiful......AND you know how I just love that phrase "Jana says" guys have GOT to stop that .....LOL Do a post on your stuff for TD.....I am going to link to all of ya'll all week long so you can promote your things...xojana

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Charlene, what a nice guy he is!! I have a great one too. The fall colors are beautiful, I saw some winners as well. Ah well, guess they will have to remain in my memory bank since my photos disappeared! Your camera looks fab, I wish you many good photos! No RV, just the pickup full of my tools and multitudes of junk! Take care, Riki

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Happy anniversary Charlene! Sounds like a charming get-away...hope you enjoyed it & got some rest for the upcoming weekend.

Good luck w/ your camera...your pics look great!

Coastal Sisters said...

Wonderful pics my dear!

Hope you have a beautiful week.


Lynn said...

I lived in Tulsa for a bit.
It is a beautiful city!
Happy Anniversary!

Blondie's Journal said...

What an awesome camera, Charlene! Very professional looking. I know you will have fun with it anf it takes gorgeous pictures.

Happy anniversary. Your hubby is a sweetheart to whisk you away! I think your hotal looks big...very elegant.

Glad you had a great time and look forward to more fun pics!!


Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Glad your enjoying the new camera...I love my SLR.
Isn't your hubby a romantic devil!

Really Rainey said...

Congrats on your new camera~ You are gonna have so much fun with it! Love the Fall leaves too! Pretty!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
~Really Rainey~

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Charlene! What a wonderful adventure you had with your hubby! Happy Anniversary! And your new camera pictures looks GREAT! I am sure you will love your new camera and will be really happy with your purchase. Enjoy! ~ xo Joy

Sweet Millie said...

I love your blog header, how totally creative. Thanks for visiting me, I can't wait to see how you like your new camera, I'm heading in that direction as well.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for stopping by, it is so nice to meet you.
Don't you just love fall. One of the nice things about driving, I so enjoyed the harvest fields on my way to CO. Your pictures are beautiful, looks like you chose the right camera!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Thats a very nice camera and nice pics as well. I am happy that you found a good one and were pleased with the site I sent you. My husband and I always like to use that w site when thinking about new cameras. Good Luck!

Lynn said...

Hi, I was able to read back this far in your posts. You tire me out with all the classes you take. You are one talented lady. Did I read that correctly that you had an antique shop that recently closed? Second question, you made the huge beautiful bow topper on your tree? OMG it is so beautiful and the streamers winding thru the entire tree. I had loved it while looking at the Painting last night or the night before, but really had a chance to look as I am going backwards thru your posts. Gotta tell you upfront, my mom, my aunt, (her sister) and my cousin were/are very talented with sewing, quilting and needlework. Me, not so much! So I am awed by everything I am reading in your posts! So exciting to have a new friend with such vibrant energy and passion for living. Passion for living I know about, my passion is more my camera and my hubby and my 5 grandchildren. Speaking of hubby, he is lighting the candles so off I go. Will continue on Friday or Saturday. I am going to read every post of yours eventually so I get to really know you. Big hugs. Oh happy very belated anniversary. Such nice surprise trip your hubby gave you. Terry and I love "road trips" too.

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