I spent some of my morning yesterday at the Japanese Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth. Autumn is especially beautiful there, the colors of the leaves turning colors, sparkle in the strong morning light and in the reflection of the moving waters.
Today I went to the Japanese Gardens. I’m from New Jersey, and a friend of mine from back home showed me some photos of the fall foliage there, which inspired me to go to the Botanical Gardens today to see if there were any autumn colors. At it’s peak, the Japanese Garden is one of the most beautiful places to go, the red maple trees reflected in the water is breathtaking. Normally that is not until late November, but I thought I’d try today.
For the most part right now, everything is still green, but I did manage to pick out a few views with some very pretty colors. I will try and return sometime late November to check again.
Yesterday, Oct. 23, I went to the zoo to see the baby elephants. I will make another posting over the weekend with some thoughts and photos but I haven’t had a chance to go through all of my photos yet to decide which ones to post. I had to go this week, because next week I will be in Hawaii and I will have to miss seeing them! Soon, I want to put up photos of Belle’s and Bowie’s growth since they were presented to the public. Belle has filled out, last I heard she was already 590 pounds, and Bowie was only 330, but then he’s a month younger and he was also born 6 weeks early… but more about that when I post the zoo photos over the weekend. I hope you enjoy looking at the Japanese Gardens.
I’ve been thinking about doing this for awhile. Back in 2011, I went to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. At the entrance to the conservatory building, they have a small garden with sculptures of dancers. I started photographing them. When I got home and put them on my computer, I fell in love with the perspective. I tried to capture the sculptures in a way that made them come to life. I noticed that there are bronze sculptures scattered all around Fort Worth and I decided that one day I will take the time to start photographing each one, so today was the day that I decided to start. They are all beautiful and unique in their own way and for many, they are just viewable while driving by because so many are in unusual locations. Here are the dancers that I photographed back in 2011, I will go back one day soon and see if I can find the artist, and I will add it to this post.
This is a sculpture in Trinity Park of Mark Twain along the Trinity River. It was given to the families of Fort Worth for the joys of reading. The sculpture was created by Gary Price in 2001, his signature is on the back of his jacket.
I’ve always passed the Policeman and Fireman’s Memorial in Trinity Park along 7th Avenue, but this was the first time I stopped to visit. It was very interesting and moving. There are stone and marble memorials along a curved path that leads to the main part of the memorial. The path is lined with memorials of firefighters and policemen who lost their lives in the line of duty. On one side is the firemen and the other side has the peace officers. On each memorial is a story about how the person lost their life and where they are buried.
The main sculpture is of a Peace Officer and a Firefighter on either side of the horse, both of them holding the reins. There are backward facing boots on the riderless horse to honor a fallen hero and to signify that they will never ride again.
And then my final stop was a sculpture of a soldier carrying a wounded soldier. It is dedicated to all Veterans. I drive past this often, but this is the first time I stopped to see it up close. I’m not sure who sculpted it, I couldn’t get up high enough to see if it was signed, but I’m sure it must be.
Somebody left fresh carnations in an empty wine bottle at the base of it.
There are so many more interesting sculptures around Fort Worth, so in the coming weeks and months I will visit them and post photos.
As always, thank you for reading and looking at my blog.