Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Oklahoma Renaisance Festival 2010

Over the Memorial Day weekend I once again attended the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival in Muskogee.  Even after all this time I still find it amusing (and a little cringe-worthy at times) listening to Americans trying to sound British (mainly trying to sound English or Scottish).  You may wonder what makes me an "expert" on this....maybe it's because I am English and have only been in the US for 10 years, so my accent (and ear for how it should sound) is still pretty intact.  Not sure what it is about this period in history that makes so many Americans want to dress up and pretend to be English or Scottish.  But then again I guess I shouldn't say too much as there are Western shows etc in Europe where people dress up and pretend to be Americans - and probably with some pretty bad accents too! lol  Anyway, this is just part of my amusement while at the festival and this year I added my own little brand of amusement (to some anyway) of wearing my Vibram Five Fingers Classics.  Was definitely a good workout walking around the castle ground in them, especially on the larger stones mixed in amongst the grass and gravel.  Pretty much if I know I'm going to be on my feet, these or my Treks are the footwear I grab.  Ever since I got my first pair (black Treks) my Five Fingers have been my go to footwear for all my photography trips and pretty much the only thing I wear on my feet at weekends.

Okay, back to the subject in hand - photography.  One of my main reasons for going to the Festival is to watch and photograph the Bird of Prey show by The Royal Gauntlet, out in the main arena.  If you ever get the chance to see one of their shows I highly recommend them.  Above and beyond having a very informative, entertaining and humorous show they also do a lot of rehabilitation work with birds of prey.  Here are a couple of photographs of the star of their show "Lady Val" (Valkyrie), a female Harris Hawk.

A magnificent Harris Hawk and they also have American Kestrels and Red Tailed Hawks. This year they also had an owl and a little hedgehog as part of the show...and no, the hedgehog was not there as food! lol

Had a great day and will be back there again next year to catch them again.  And in case you're wondering, I'll also definitely be wearing my VFF's again!

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