Chihuly in the Desert

This year, world-renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly, returned the Desert Botanical Gardens for the second time to display his incredible works of art.  Chihuly is famous for his architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. His work can be found in more than 200 museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass.

A few days ago our company, Velocity Retail Group visited the exhibit to take in the beautiful sites of Chihuly’s work against the desert canvas.  The colors and shapes are spectacular against a backdrop of blue sky, cacti, and plants native to Arizona.

In a recent interview with the Arizona Republic, Chihuly said,  “I’ve always loved the desert. I’ve done 12 garden shows, and this is one of the greatest shows I’ve ever done. I love working in the desert.”

Don’t miss this amazing exhibition.  It runs until May 18th.

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March 5, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Mark - Fantastic shots, Dave! His glass work is amazing. We had a Chihuly exhibit here in Nashville at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, which was even more spectacular at night, as all the installations were lit up! Fantastic.

Star House, Home of Chief Quanah. Cache, Oklahoma.

I recently had a friend give me a gift of the  book called, “Empire of the Summer Moon.” It is a history of the Southern Plains which encompases most of the State of Texas. I love history and I love Photography so business travel lets me supplement my travels with my interests and capture the memories of both. The book is actually amazing and it is an important part of our American History that is not being taught in our schools. The Commanches were considered by the European immigrants as bararians and ruthless foes. They were deemed the greatest fighting force in the world on horseback. No one could match them. There lifestyle was based on being nomads that preyed on Europeans, and  Americans pioneers expanding West as well as other native Americans. I thought the Apache Indians were rough and tough. But they were fearful of the Comanche and were driven out of the Southern plains West to Arizona. Their  woman and children were traded as slaves for several centuries along with whites and Mexicans that were made slaves and also included in the Comanche tribe.

This part of my blog shows the end of my journey. Because of my recent travel, I have documented this part of the history first. The area around Fort Sill Oklahoma. Later I will work backwards as I explore where the war started in May of 1836 near Baylor University at Fort Parker.

The Quanah Parker Star House, with stars painted on its the roof, is located in the city of Cache, county of Comanche, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Comanche County, Oklahoma, in 1970.

Built by Comanche chief Quanah Parker circa 1890, the structure was purchased by his daughter Mrs. Birdsong upon Parker’s 1911 death. Originally located near the Wichita Mountains north of Cache on Fort Sill’s west range, Birdsong moved the house from its original location to Cache and sold it to Herbert Woesner in 1958. Although no one can be certain why Parker painted the stars on his roof, lore has it that he meant it as a display of rank and importance equal to a military general.The Preservation Oklahoma organization has listed the Star House as endangered.

After Parker’s surrender in 1875, he lived for many years in a reservation tipi. Parker decided that he needed living quarters more befitting his status among the Comanches, and more suitable to his position as a spokesperson for the white cattle owners. In order to accommodate his multiple wives and children, this two-story eight-bedroom clapboard house with ten-foot ceilings and a picket fence was constructed for Parker. Request for financial assistance was denied by the United States government. Parker’s friends in the cattle business, in particular Four Sixes Ranch ownerSamuel Burk Burnett, financed the building of the house. The cost of construction was slightly over $2,000 ($48,000 in 2010, adjusted for inflation). In his formal wallpapered dining room with its wood-burning stove, Parker entertained white business associates, celebrities and tribal members alike. Among his celebrated visitors was Theodore Roosevelt. Parker was a founding supporter of the Native American Church. His home was often the scene of practitioners who sought him out for spiritual advice. Parker fed hungry tribal members in his home and was known to never turn away anyone.

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I Miss Old Abe…

One of my passions is American history and photography.  The two of these collided on a business trip as I found myself within a couple hours of the Abraham Lincoln Library, Presidential Museum, and Oak Ridge Cemetery where our 16th President was laid to rest (at least after 1901). There was one botched attempt to steal his body, where he was dug up in 1876 and was to be held for ransom.  His coffin was opened and viewed 5 times between the time he was buried and his final internment in 1901.

Abraham Lincoln Museum Montage

The burial stone is made of polished Red Arl Fossil marble from Arkansas and weighs 7 tons. Lincoln’s son, Todd, filled the vault with concrete so his father would no longer be viewed or moved.


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Baylor Bears Acro Takes on Oregon Ducks!

Baylor Tumblers show their stuff!


We definitely look better than Oregon!

The Bases are responsible for getting them up HIGH and bringing them back down SAFELY!

A graceful landing by Ally Cheatham!

Coaches look up for posted scoring!

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Baylor Bears verses APU road trip!

Since the first competition for Baylor Bears Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling meet was being held in California, we decided to do a road trip. Ally’s close high school friends and family from Arizona and California showed up to cheer on the Baylor Bears at their first meet. The fans of number 45 all wore matching shirts to show their support. It was a fun evening.  Ally’s high School coach (Mrs Block) drove with her husband from Mission Viejo to cheer her VCHS alumni on!   Sic ‘em Bears!  Devan, Brittan, Katie, Kara, and Mckenzie!


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