Thursday, May 27, 2010

Weatherford Trip

*** Warning: This post is very image heavy. But they're pretty! ^_^ ***

Almost a month ago, Brian and I took a little mini-vacation out to the nearby town of Weatherford, Texas. It's a small, quaint town, with a couple of gardens and a historic district. We even made our way a little farther, into Mineral Wells, to see the famous, but now dilapidated Baker Hotel.

On our way home, we actually stopped to stay a night with Brian's mom and stepdad. We met up with some of his family the next day at the Fort Worth Stockyards, and had some fun.

I am only going to post favorite pictures, that I did some post processing on. If you click the title of each section, it will take you to the Flickr set of all the pictures I uploaded -- and there are tons, so I highly recommend it, they're so pretty! ^_^ Let me know if you have a favorite, or what you think! ^_^

The town square and some beautiful historic homes. I wouldn't mind living in Weatherford. Nice, quiet, and not too far from Fort Worth (for the city amenities). ^_^

Weatherford, Texas Courthouse

Gray Craftsman

Light Gray Victorian

Green Victorian


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The Baker Hotel is a huge hotel that sits towering over the sad little town of Mineral Wells. It was apparently quite the celebrity hotspot in the 1950s, frequented because of the apparent curative properties of the mineral water (hence the name of the town). Sadly, it has now been condemned, although there IS a FOR SALE sign. Wonder how much they want for it. As always in places like this, people claim it's haunted. What do YOU think? ^_-

Baker Hotel (vintage shot)

Baker Hotel Entrance

Baker Hotel Entrance - Other Side

Baker Hotel Front (Tall View)

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This garden sits on many, many acres, and it has some wonderful spots, including sighting of the swan, the shaded areas, the cute church and the white garden, among many others. Also has a little train depot, with miniature trains running in several tracks. Quite fun and pretty place!

Bluebonnets!

120/365 (Extra): Pink Water Lily

Butterfly on Daisy

120/365: Upended Swan

Drippin Swan

Swan in Lake

Train 1

Lizard Giving Me the Eye

Daisies

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Chandor was a portrait artist. Apparently, he painted many of the presidents back in the day. He created this garden, around his home, for his wife. Now THAT's love. ^_^ He was British, and infused that gardening sensibility with his love for Asian art. Even though this garden was much smaller than Clark, it was so green and tranquil. Such a peaceful place that one could easily settle into a chair in a shadow, with a good book and be lost for hours. Awesome, awesome place!

Main Entrance, Guarded by Lions

Water Dragon

Peering Gecko

More Ladybug Pupas

Salmon Iris

121/365: Turquoise Door

Deep Purple Iris

121/365 (Extra): Singing Cardinal

Deep Pink Peonies and Lush Greens

Little Girl Statue Water Fountain

Closeup of Orange Flower

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We didn't spend too much time here, but we watched the cattle drive after some people ran the maze (that was featured on The Amazing Race a few seasons back). Also had some BBQ. It was a great, but exhausting weekend.

Stage Coach

122/365: Animal Tricks

Fort Worth Stockyard Coliseum

Fort Worth Live Stock Exchange Building

Cattle Drive 4

Cowboy Clown

4 comments:

Manda May 28, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

Cool! Looks like a fun place to visit! And your pictures are lovely! Some of them you could matte and frame and sell, I think, if you found the right venue.

Gabby May 28, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

Thanks, Manda! ^_^ Which photos are you thinking of for that? I have been thinking for awhile of maybe trying to put some of them up on those stock photography sites, just to see.

Erika May 28, 2010 at 9:55 PM  

I totally agree! That or a great set of notecards.

christinerains June 4, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

I love those pics! Especially the hotel ones. I feel like I've gone back in time with those.

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