Saturday, March 27, 2010

Golden Driller

The Golden Driller is reportedly the largest free-standing statue in the world. He is 76 feet tall, so high that he rests his right hand atop an actual production oil derrick. Built of iron and concrete, he weighs nearly 22 tons and is expected to survive 200 mph tornadoes. He was declared Oklahoma's official state monument in 1979, and the plaque at his base dedicates him "to the men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring have created from God's abundance a better life for mankind."
There is surprisingly little room between the Golden Driller and the parking lot, and standing near his base provides a steep and somewhat saucy angle. Every few years some official talks of moving him deeper into the Fairgrounds, where he would be less likely to alarm passing motorists. But The Golden Driller remains where he has been for over 40 years, guarding the entrance to the International Petroleum Exhibition Building, which showcases trucks with three-story-tall tires and the latest models in back yard derricks.
Today was a windy day in Oklahoma.  We visited the RV and Boat Show and I shot this photo of the Golden Driller.  He was built in 1953.
****Disclaimer***I know this is not the largest statue in the world.  Not by far.  This was just information about the driller from an old article.  :))

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I love flamingoes.
I didn't realize they were such a noisy and rather mean bird.
We visited them at the zoo yesterday.  They are a lot more pink 
at the zoo because of the dye that is in their food pellets. 
In the wild their color comes from
carotenoid proteins in their diet of animal and plant plankton.
Some flamingoes live high in the Andes of South America.  They do a funny dance of courtship.

Massive volcanoes and flamingo colony-South America -BBC

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Can You See the Real Me?

I am black and white, antique, and original.  Will the real me please stand up?
We went to see Roger Daltrey of the Who and Eric Clapton last night at the BOK Center.

Roger Daltrey sang some classics such as "Behind Blue Eyes."

Clapton sang some classics such as "Layla" and "CrossRoads".  One of my favorite songs he sang was "You Look Wonderful Tonight."  

He sang "Rock and Roll Heart."
He also sang "Change the World."
But "You Look Wonderful Tonight" tops it for me!
WT:  Did you see Clapton in Hyde Park back in 1966?  I guess you aren't that old...