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November 2011

Thanksgiving Target Practice

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful day at home with your loved ones. 

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My Brother has a new gun, so the boys got all their guns out and went into the back pasture for some target practice.  Noisy fun.  Justin had a BLAST... no pun intended but he really had fun.  

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This is a happy little boy, it takes a lot for him to look at the camera and grin! 

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My Brother's new gun, its a .44 black powder...and makes a big boom.  Don't ask me anymore questions about it.  I won't be able to answer them..  Its a gun.  A loud one.  Like that shot?  Yeah, me too.  

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Bullets...  not the type that kill vampires though.  

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I think the Second Amendment is so important and the heart of America lies in the right to defend ourselves..not for the Government to "defend us" but the right of the citizens to be able to defend ourselves.   
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I don't really like guns at all, they make me nervous. But, I like photographing them shooting this one! 

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This boy...  went to bed happy tonight!

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"Did we hit the target?" 

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So, Justin doesn't believe in wearing his own socks...he will NOT stay out of his Dad's socks. I'm sure he has the mistreated waif look down at school because of his huge, saggy socks.  
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I like this shot...  and how the shot looked, um?  Well..anyways..

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Ray firing off his "cop" gun.  Well whatever it is..the one that sits in the old Policeman belt.  

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Note... I know Justin is shooting a .22 - more details...nope.  It is not as loud as the other guns.  

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My big brother, Steve shooting at the target.  Now, this whole fun day of shooting is his new hobby. I kind of miss the four wheeling.  

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My oldest son...practicing his shooting skills. 

 

 

 


Chickasaw Cultural Center

My Tribal Economic Development class from OU had a wonderful day visiting the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur Oklahoma on Friday. I'm not going to write a lot about what a great place this is to take your family to experience, the pictures speak for themselves.  I can't say enough about OU and the fact that my Professors do take the extra effort to give the students field experiences.  I was a teacher in the Public School system for close to a decade and I've been on more field trips in a semester at OU than I did teaching in Oklahoma's High Schools.  

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 I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.  ~Eartha Kitt

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I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.  ~Winston Churchill

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Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese Proverb

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Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.  ~Vernon Howard

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We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.  ~Lloyd Alexander

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Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.  Seek discipline and find your liberty.  ~Frank Herbert, Dune Chronicles

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Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  ~Victor Hugo

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

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Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right.  Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
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It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.  ~Albert Einstein

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Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.  ~Danny Kaye

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Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.  ~Author Unknown

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My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.  ~Louis Adamic

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I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.  ~T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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I liked the mosaic...very cool...

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Very serious contemplation going on here.  

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Little Niagara is Closed!

On the road to Chickasaw National Recreation area, I found the colors of fall...

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So I drove down to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, and thought I'd go take some  Fall photos of the Little Niagara and I got down to where the water should be and found this...

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This is what we found in May of 2010...  http://obscurity.typepad.com/expedition_oklahoma/2010/05/little-niagara-at-the-chickasaw-national-recreation-area.html

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http://obscurity.typepad.com/expedition_oklahoma/2011/04/family-day-at-the-little-niagara-.html our visit in April... http://obscurity.typepad.com/expedition_oklahoma/2011/04/chickasaw-national-recreation-area-in-sulphur.html

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It was empty.... sad. 

In June we spent my Daughter's 15th birthday there: http://obscurity.typepad.com/expedition_oklahoma/2011/06/a-birthday-in-sulphur-.html

http://obscurity.typepad.com/expedition_oklahoma/2011/07/the-long-hot-summer-and-the-little-niagara.html This summer we were hit with the worst drought... a summer of 100 degree days.  Misery. 

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Leaving the Little Niagara area...

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Autumn at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Friday my Tribal Economic class visited  The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur Oklahoma.  If you have been reading my site for the last couple of years you know that one of my favorite places to go is the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.  So, obviously after the field trip (which I will post later) I drove down to the park to get some more Autumn photos of the changing leaves.  

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I thought this photo was kind of magical, with the yellow, gold, green and blues all dancing together within the composition.  

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Living dangerously...  so, if I ever become roadkill.  I want you to realize that my obsession with highway shots is well documented.  Sometimes you have to lay down to get the shot, and watch for traffic.   

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Signs, signs...everywhere signs.   Its amazing how beautiful trees are ...  

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.  ~Author Unknown

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Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.  ~Johann von Goethe

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Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

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The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way.  ~William Blake

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To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  ~e.e. cummings, 1955

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Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so, you apologize for the truth.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

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There lurks, perhaps, in every human heart a desire of distinction, which inclines every man first to hope, and then to believe, that Nature has given him something peculiar to himself.  ~Samuel Johnson

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I wasn't going to edit this photo, but I kept going back to it. Its a purely abstract. Just an impression of the colors of autumn.  


For a Friend....

I will be the first to admit, I'm terrible about buying sympathy cards and never mailing them.  So...just so you know I'm thinking of you and your family at this time.  

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When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.  ~Kahlil Gibran

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Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.  ~William Shakespeare

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Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect.  The wisest know nothing.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Tears are God’s gift to us.  Our holy water.  They heal us as they flow.  ~Rita Schiano

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When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.  ~Author Unknown

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Power Lines

  I avoid photographing anything that has a power line in it.  I don't like power lines in photography, they are ugly and destroy my shot. If you look at most of my photography you will rarely find a power line in it.   It is on purpose.  I will skip a shot, because of this necessasry evil. I appreciate electricity, it makes playing on the computer much easier for me.  Today I decided to face my annoyance and photograph power lines.   I hope to be showing you  more of them.  

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I was thinking today that I didnt quite understand why I dislike power lines so much, because I most certainly spend a lot of time photographing things that have lines in them.  Lines are pleasing. I love the way the line of a barbed wire fence draws you in and leads your vision away into the distance.  I love the lines of a highway and how you can gaze for miles or around a curve.  I love the sleek lines of beautiful architecture and how you can see how the curves and lines wrap themselves around a building.   I love the lines of nature and how everything has a certain geometry about it.  But, I do NOT like power lines!  They take away from my deep blue sky- or block a beautiful building or interrupt a vision I may have.   I want to know why, I like so many other lines...yet these, very important lines...distract and repel me at the same time. 

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This shot emphasizes the negative spaces that we find everywhere...  there is a beauty in emptiness, like the wide open sky.  Perhaps that is why I dislike powerlines, they add the touch of mankind to every landscape or horizon I find.  Perhaps it is not the power lines, but the fact that I can't gaze up into the sky and only see sky sometimes.   

But the lifeblood of our nation, our civilization flow through our power lines.  Yet, they distract and repel me.   So this truly is a challenge to photograph a power line.  


Guest Post: Out On A Limb

Like it or not, if you want to be a good photographer, sometimes you have to climb out on a limb.  It is all about growth.  When we are kids, we are constantly pushed to learn more, do more, grow more.  As adults, however, we don’t have anyone pushing us.  Some people continue to push themselves, but many just coast the rest of the way.  The growth is what will make you a better photographer.

Over the years, I’ve made an effort to constantly try new things.  I’ll be honest, it hasn’t always worked out great.  When I spent a semester in a college drawing class, it was absolute torture.  Didn’t like drawing before the class - don’t like drawing now.  However, did I emerge from that class a different person - and possibly a better overall artist - probably so.

Challenge Yourself

I’m also a sucker for challenges.  A couple of months ago, I started trying to improve my blogging skills.  I visited a bunch of different blogging sites and read all I could find.  I eventually stumbled onto a blogging contest and decided to enter.  Didn’t really think I would be chosen... just thought it would be fun to enter.  I make weird decisions like that all the time - if I ever figure out why, I’ll let you know!  Anyways, I ended up being chosen and was placed on a team with 4 strangers - competing against a team of 5 other strangers.  It was a very odd arrangement, but we actually got along very well and created a very cool blog - TheNextGoal.  I’m in the final 5 - so keep your fingers crossed.

Goals

Sometimes you have to specifically set a goal for growth.  I had never had the opportunity to photograph winter landscapes.  I live in Texas and we just don’t get a whole ton of snow.  A couple of years ago, I decided to plan a trip to Utah to photograph snow scenes.  I found a good location, chose the perfect weekend and read up on the topic.  I was ready to roll!

Snowcar1I’ll never forget when we had landed and were driving away from the airport.  There was not a drop of snow in site.  When we reached our bed and breakfast - about an hour north of town - we were told that a freak heat wave came through a couple of days before and melted all the snow.  We spent the next couple of days driving around the countryside looking for something - anything- to photograph.  Nothing.

We eventually gave up and decided to just sleep in and relax the last day before heading home.  The next morning, I looked out the window and there was six inches of snow- it was surreal!  We only had four or five hours before we had to be at the airport so we scrambled around shooting non-stop all morning.  I came away with several good images, including a PPA Loan Collection image.  

 


Your Turn

So what are YOUR photography goals?  Try a new style of photography?  Enter print competition for the first time?  It doesn’t matter what you set for a goal.  Honestly, it doesn’t really matter if you reach the goal.  As long as you are heading in the right direction, you will continue to grow. 

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto or check out his work at Lourcey Photography Blog or TheNextGoal


Baby, Baby

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Father asked us, "What was God's noblest work?" Anna said, "Men", but I said "Babies". Men are often bad, but babies never are.
Louisa May Alcott

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Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

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A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
Eda J. Le Shan

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If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
Vincent van Gogh

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Babies are always more trouble than you thought -- and more wonderful.
Charles Osgood

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Babies are such a nice way to start people.
Don Herrold


A Peaceful Saturday

Saturday afternoon I was heading into town and stopped to get some shots of the beautiful Autumn Foilage near my house.   It was a peaceful Saturday at home for me and a very nice evening with newborn babies and later a movie with my boys.   Here is what Fall is like where I live. 

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We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the blessings of peace.  ~William Ewart Gladstone

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Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.  ~Author Unknown

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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are.  ~Author Unknown

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  ~Dalai Lama

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Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.  ~Samuel Johnson

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~Leo Buscaglia

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Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.  ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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The pond has water! It didn't a few weeks ago!

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Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the same again.  ~Og Mandino

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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  ~Nelson Henderson