Cowtown… Part 2

Part 2 of my photo adventure in downtown Fort Worth. Beyond the longhorns and cowboy boots, the city is a treasury of beautiful, historic architecture.

But it’s hard to forget just where you are… the Texas star is a strong symbol and can be found at every turn!

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My “Cowtown” Perspective… Part 1

In my last post, I shared a fascinating project in which grains of sand, ordinary natural elements that are no more glamorous than dirt, were placed under the microscope to reveal stunning pieces of art at the hand of mother nature. In a totally separate project, I chose to visit Fort Worth’s charming downtown district to photograph some of the city’s historic architecture.

I planned on sharing those photos today with a completely different story accompanying them. As I considered my message, I realized that my original concept was very similar to the idea behind Prof. Greenberg’s project… beauty hidden under a rough, unexpected exterior. Fort Worth is just down the road from Dallas and that is quite a big reputation to stand up next to! During my short time here, I have gathered that many Fort Worth natives pride themselves on their city’s simpler lifestyle and pace. Things are a bit more country, a tad more relaxed, and a lot more Texas here! But on closer examination, there are some tremendous exhibitions of art and culture existing side by side with Fort Worth’s “Cowtown” attitude.

Aside from the world-class museums and internationally acclaimed performance halls (like The Kimbell Museum and Bass Performance Hall), Fort Worth boasts a collection of wonderful Art Deco architecture. Take a look!

(this is Part 1 of 2… too many cool photos for one day!).

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Texas…Fort Worth Style

Yesterday, North Texas got a surprise visit from mother nature in the form of snow, sleet, ice, wind, and rain. All night long, gusts of up to 30 mph winds thrust themselves over our rooftop. By morning, all the roads were iced and the lawns covered in a blanket of snow. I’ve been hoping for a little break and this has given me the best possible escape…there is absolutely know way that I would leave the house in this weather! So I’m trapped inside and happy as a clam. In my down time, I’ve was browsing through my photos when I happened upon this set of shots taken at the Fort Worth Stock Show not long ago…I had totally forgotten to post them!

I know I have been posting a lot of animal inspired posts recently (point and case) but I just find them so fascinating to photograph. A couple weeks ago I attended the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and experienced what I feel is a very authentic Texas environment.  Not that everyone in Texas wears cowboy boots and spurs (just like not everyone in Nashville is a country singer/songwriter)….far from it. But there is a tie to the country life that can’t be denied…especially in Fort Worth or as some locals like to call it, Cowtown!

While touring the stock show grounds, I snapped a few photos of the “stock” being shown. The colors and textures were really something else! This post is a stretch from my usual style, but I thought you would appreciate the beauty none the less.

And yes, I did visit the petting zoo. This little, furry guy was adorable!

There was no shortage of turquoise, either…and even I pulled on my own cowboy boots to join the crowds.

One stock show down…one step further in the Texas experience!

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