North and east of Tulsa is the Redbud Valley Nature Preserve. The park is in a valley and consists of rugged trails and a few very steep cliffs. Limestone cliffs provide an excellent habitat for a variety of wild animals, and a challenging hike for the adventurous. Many of the trees found in Redbud are similar to ones found in the Ozark Mountains such as Columbine and Dutchman’s Breeches. This nature preserve is a wonderful place to sit and ponder, sketch or, of course, hike. I took this picture of my daughter on the bluff trail, where the north facing boulders loom over the hillside.
Today we did a bit of painting on canvas, thanks to a gift from a friend a few months back. i think they came out pretty good. Acrylic paints on canvas. I went for a graphic/block style and my daughter made an Animal Jam character.
The crushed leaves of the henna plant have been used for thousands of years throughout the Middle East, India and Africa. The body is decorated in preparation for a special occasion or event. The designs have a variety of meanings, although most are intended to grant good fortune to the wearer. The henna is used to dye hair, nails, skin and even fabric.
These beautiful tattoos were made by women at the Asian American Festival in Tulsa. The designs dry and then the stain left by the henna stays on the skin for a couple of weeks.
The annual Asian American Festival came to the Martin Regional Library a couple days ago. My daughter and I make this an annual event to attend. Entrance is free as are all the performances. We were able to see Burmese dances and Eastern drummers. There was an area where children could work on crafts along with another area where representative from different countries had informational displays set up. At the start of the festival, a dragon dance was performed, and we found a very helpful instructor from the University of Oklahoma who was able to explain to us the meaning of the dance. In ancient China, the dragon was considered a rain deity, and controlled how much rain and wind to bring. A vendor from India shared fun facts about Indian street food. We enjoyed Chicken Masala from the India Palace and got a henna tattoo. We certainly plan to return next year.