Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Brian and I

Last Saturday, Brian and I went to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. We were going to be meeting friends there later, but I wanted to go earlier, to take advantage of the better light.

We spent most of our time at the Japanese Garden, which is inside the Botanic Garden. (While the rest of the garden is free, you do have to pay to get into the Japanese Garden.)

I have never been to this garden before. It's HUGE! We were there for about 4 hours and only managed to see about 1/3 of the place. So, one day I definitely want to go back and catch the rest of it. However, I think I will bring better walking shoes. I was wearing some good flip flops (Skechers that actually have support, or so I thought), and while my feet didn't hurt, the next day and for several days my calves were killing me! So, word to the wise -- wear better walking shoes, even if the cute ones don't hurt your feet.

I did see some crazy woman in high heeled shoes and wearing something overly trendy. Okay, yes, I get it, you're a pretty woman that likes to look good. Uhm, but when your boyfriend is looking kinda grungy, and you're at a garden where most everyone else is wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, you kinda look out of place. However, I did also see several brides and some teens on their way to the prom, having their pictures taken. I get that. I try to make sure that Brian and I usually are appropriately complemented in our style of clothes. (And he's finally starting to pick up on this. The other day, from work he told me that he wanted to take me out to dinner, but to wear something nice. While we didn't end up going anywhere really nice, he was wearing nice clothes straight from work and didn't change, so he didn't want me in jeans and a tee, and him in a button down shirt and nice slacks. Aww, cute. ^_^)

It was a lovely day, although a tad too sunny in spots, so some of my photos got overexposed, but that's why I'm thankful for Lightroom, that can correct a slew of photography mistakes!

Here are a few of my favorites, and you can click on the name of the garden to see the whole set in Flickr (some of which you might see in my 365 roundup later):

114/365: Japanese Garden Crane

114/365 (Extra): Bamboo Fountain

Pink Flower

White and Orange Koi with Black Spots

Japanese Bridge

Floating Flower

Pagoda 2

Pagoda 11 (Birdhouse)

Statue of Girl with Butterfly

Orange Blossom

Outer Pink Petals on Rose



This weekend, Brian and I are going to be taking a mini vacation to a town about 2 hours away, where there are some more gardens that I've been wanting to visit. However, there's a possibility of rain. Clouds I can deal with, but not rain. Either way, it will be nice to get away for a little bit.


Sami April 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

Love your photos, they came out great!! I agree, while I love a sunny day, sometimes it really washes out the colors... oh well, that's what technology is for! ;)

Claudia April 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Fabulous pictures! You and Brian look great - and very appropriately dressed :-)

Charles Gramlich April 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

Very cool pics. You must have a heck of a telephoto lens for those closeups.

Kristine April 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

Gorgeous pictures!! I've never been to the Japanese gardens, but it looks beautiful :) Yeah it's definitely a favorite spot for brides and engaged couples. My cousin had her engagement photos taken there during the fall and they turned out gorgeous.

Manda April 30, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

Pretty! What kind of camera do you use?

Christine May 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

Beautiful! Enjoy your mini vacation. ^_^

Grrl Detective May 10, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

The photos are beautiful!

And as for the woman dressed up with the grungy guy. Too funny. I'm always amused by women who show up at basketball games, all dressed up, in makeup and heels and some trendy outfit -- and they are with men who looked like they are wearing clothes they picked up off the floor, clothes that have been there for a week or so. Sad, silly women.

Erika May 22, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

Gorgeous photos! They look like the professional calendar pictures.

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