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Dallas – Spring

As always, click the pic to make it large. Resolution is at 50% to deter theft. Full Resolution shots are always available for sale.

Ah, springtime in Dallas. One day it is 89 degrees and the next it is 32. Naturally, we arrived on one of the coldest April weekends Dallas has seen in quite some time.  But, being people who aren’t easily daunted (one must never be daunted) we did our best to make the weekend successful – and by successful, I mean that we got re-acquainted with our favorite bartenders and ate a lot of food and bitched about how cold it was.

My office for four days.

Once the chill of the weekend had passed I was able to get quite a bit of work done just west of Downtown Dallas in the Trinity River Reservation as well as one day shooting a parking garage downtown – I chose to work down near the river because now that the flood waters have receded and the grasses mowed it is a great place to search out weird wading birds and be mostly alone in a metro area that appears to be trying for an urban sprawl record. As is usually the case I worked alone except for the day shooting the parking garage with my photo partner, Luci.

Below are a few of the keepers that I made  – keep in mind that in the four days I spent down there I walked over 40 miles and took 500+ photos, most of which were absolute and complete shit. However, any day making crap photos out in the wide open spaces is better than, well, damn near everything. Enjoy!

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Update and Request from Afield HQ – Spring 2018

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These are a few of my favorite things…

Even though it is snowing here in Boston preparations are underway for a few upcoming warm weather trips – one quick run to Dallas and then another not-so-quick run to Belize, where we are meeting up with the rest of our travel team to explore, hike, dive, point cameras at everything, and run up an ungodly bar bill wherever we go. Good times.

Meanwhile, in order to do more research on our upcoming destinations…

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Spring Flowers

A good friend of mine, and fellow WordPress blogger, has talked me into getting up before dawn tomorrow in order to shoot a field of bluebonnets as the sun rises. I am neither a flower guy nor a morning person, but I will jump at any chance to get into the country and shoot something new. In preparation for the shoot I took a walk along the banks of Turtle Creek here in Uptown Dallas and shot every flower I could find. Here are a few of the better ones. I have not looked up the names of any of the flowers here but you, the reader, can let me know what they are if you feel so inclined. Enjoy.

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It looks like a forest floor but it’s actually about twenty feet from a four lane thruway.

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City Photo Bureau: Dallas

Dueling Cranes Uptown

Dueling Cranes Uptown

These photos were made during a very long walk just this past Wednesday. My route started in the Uptown area and traveled down McKinney Ave, across downtown via St. Paul Street then into Deep Ellum. It was a very bright, very hot, and very clear day in Dallas so everything is framed with a vivid blue sky. Not my best work but it was a fun day regardless. Enjoy.

Local Pub. Someone got creative with a black marker - Can you see it?

Local Pub. Someone got creative with a black marker – Can you see it?

The Vital Thruway - McKinney Ave.

The Vital Thruway – McKinney Ave.

The First Baptist Center. They have a cool Bellagio-type fountain show every 15 minutes.

The First Baptist Center. They have a cool Bellagio-type fountain show every 15 minutes.

First Baptist Reflection

First Baptist Reflection

Downtown with the fisheye.

Downtown with the fisheye.

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Thanksgiving Square Chapel. Folks are pretty into the Christian thing down here.

Obviously they have a pretty lenient policy on signage in Deep Ellum.

Obviously they have a pretty lenient policy on signage in Deep Ellum.

I just like the contrast on this one.

I just like the contrast on this one.

There are many murals in Deep Ellum - this is one of my favorite.

There are many murals in Deep Ellum – this is one of my favorites.

This is a very photo friendly town so stay tuned for more CPBs.

Suddenly Texan

I live in the same state as this man. That is a good thing.

I live in the same state as this man and that is a good thing.

Two weeks ago we lived in a sweet apartment on the 21st floor overlooking all of the big buildings in Boston’s financial district. Now we live in a sweet apartment that overlooks a dog run in the Uptown/West Village section of Dallas; the home to an eclectic mix of young self-entitled professionals who tend to bring out my more judgemental side. Perhaps I am judgemental because they are in their optimistic self-centered twenties whereas  I am in my more cynical late-thirties. Either way I am not in my social comfort zone as of yet, but I have high hopes for our time here in Texas and I am sure we will settle into our niche very soon – we’ve already made friends with a number of bartenders so things are looking up.

I contemplated writing about how different Dallas is from Boston or how I am having a hard time adjusting to the friggin’ heat but I assume my reader(s) can already guess that Massachusetts and Texas are exponentially different,  and they also don’t need to know  how to dress so as not to show off the fact they are dripping with sweat – by the way – dry heat my ass. What I would like to convey with this short post is that we are Texans (or is it Texians) now and that many of my future posts are going to showcase our exploration of this massive state. Now where do I start?

If you have any Texas travel secrets, favorite restaurants, favorite tourist traps, or anything else Texas related that I should see please feel free to comment.

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