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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)