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Sweet Tooth Hotel

If you love quirky things, bright colors, sugary treats, and stuffed animals, then Sweet Tooth Hotel is right up your alley! This pop up place is not actually a hotel, but rather an art exhibit that has set up shop in the Victory Park area of Downtown Dallas. It’s open through the end of August, but it is selling out quickly so if you want to go…hurry up and reserve your tickets!

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The whimsical Sweet Tooth Hotel is ripe for exploring.

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The Spiral Parking Garage

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Round and round we go.

A well known photography spot in Downtown Dallas. My photo adventuring buddy , Peter, was in town and we have had numerous conversations about going to this parking garage, so it was cool to finally do it. We paid the parking fee and carefully drove our way up near the top. We found a spot to park and explored good spots to take photos.  Continue reading The Spiral Parking Garage

Always Look Up

A few weeks ago, I submitted two photos I took at the Dallas Arboretum for their Full Color Amateur Photography Exhibition. I was nervous about entering as I always feel everyone else’s photography is way better than mine. I waffled about what images to choose, sought advice from my photo adventuring buddy, and learned the hard way not to ask a non-photographer (*cough* my husband) for an opinion. (“I don’t think they want a photo of blue sky. They want to see their gardens and flowers.”) Gahhh! That didn’t help my confidence at all.

I got over my fears enough to submit, came up with titles to fit the photos, and hoped for the best. There were 3 categories to enter. Close Up, Landscape, and Life In The Garden. I selected Landscape for both of my photos.

Always look up.
Always Look Up.

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

I have had these photos lined up for months. In fact, my first trip to the Dallas Arboretum was nearly a year ago when the pumpkins were rampant and my photo adventuring buddy still lived here. In order to make this post multi-seasonal, I went back in early June for a different look. Things are always changing and ever beautiful.

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Klyde Warren Park + Food Trucks

It’s been raining a lot here in D/FW. For weeks. This is great for our drought situation, but now many areas are experiencing flooding. The rain also keeps the temperatures cooler. I am hoping there will be a dry afternoon so I can make it out to the Arboretum for a future blog post!

Anyway, in early Spring my family and I ventured to Klyde Warren Park. I had been wanting to check out some of the food trucks that are there and see what else the park had to offer.  It was a busy day as it was a weekend and the weather was gloriously sunny.

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The park is above the Woodall Rodgers Freeway.

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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The campus of Southern Methodist University is beautiful.  It’s a very expensive, private school tucked in the upscale neighborhood of University Park.  Former First Lady Laura Bush attended SMU for her undergraduate studies, and the campus is also where you will find her husband’s Presidential Library and Museum.

Agree or disagree with his politics, George W. Bush is a large part of Texas history and, of course, a President of the United States.  If you want a feel for history and Texas, then a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum should be on your To Do list.

It is important to note that the museum is a Federal agency, so you will go through a security screening and bag check before you are allowed inside.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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Nasher Sculpture Center

This is one of those adventures that happened awhile ago and got stockpiled.

I follow an account on Instagram called InstaDFW.  It showcases various photographers in the metroplex.  They organized a meetup (aka Instameet) at the Nasher Sculpture Center.  Peter and I took our cameras and our phones and went to check things out.  I will admit to having a bit of trepidation about the whole thing, as sometimes meetups can be rather cliquey. Admission to the Nasher is $10 for adults.  Because of the Instameet, we were allowed inside for free, and signed some photography paperwork.  While doing so, I got admonished for sitting down on an item I wasn’t supposed to sit on. (It was just a white bench-looking thing that obviously was not a bench.)  Can’t take me anywhere!  We were then released to explore the Sculpture Center and snap away.  As always, click on the photos to enlarge.

I loved this geometric piece, as well as the building's clean lines.
I loved this geometric marble piece by Tony Smith, as well as the building’s clean lines.

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Christmas Lights at Vitruvian Park

If you’re not feeling all that festive yet, but want a gorgeous place to walk around and see lots and lots of Christmas lights, then make your way to Vitruvian Park in Addison immediately!  Well…preferably after dark!

I packed up my camera and tripod to practice working on long exposures.  The park is absolutely beautiful with all the trees perfectly wrapped in colorful lights. (Click on each photo to see a larger version! Go on!)

Festive holiday lights at Vitruvian Park
Festive holiday lights at Vitruvian Park

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State Fair of Texas

For 24 days in the Fall, Texans flock to the State Fair.  We stuff ourselves with creative fried foods, play carnival games, and take photos of Big Tex while he greets us with a “Howdy Folks!”

I thought I’d better post this before our visit became too out of date.  The fair closed for the season almost a month ago! Peter, having lived in Texas for about 18 months, had never been to the State Fair before so I was quite excited to show him around.  We went on a Thursday and took two empty 20 oz bottles of Coke for discounted admission.

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Lone Star Boulevard

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