Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Museum

Our new home in Ft. Worth is very near the cultural center, so close that you could actually walk. You have your choice of seven museums, and we have visited most of them. One we haven't made it to is the Modern.
I am not sure why, except I prefer art I can understand.
I do have to admit I did recognize the person in this self portrait (Andy Warhol)
and some of his art.
especially this piece
and I didn't even have to look to know who did this..Picasso in his cubism phase.
Then there were ones that I just didn't this actual strange ladder.Although it did make me think of Jack and the Beanstalk.
These shapes are eye catching...but not so much that I would sit on a bench and stare at them.
Smashed pieces of silver suspended in air. It was like a table centerpiece...without the table.
A  carcass in the middle of the floor...I kept wondering where the head was.?
and what in the world is this colorful thing ?It did make me think of Dr. Seuss.
Tom got the biggest kick out of the plastic bottles with different amounts of blue water in them.I wonder if they would notice..if someone moved a bottle?
This guy sort of sums up my feeling about modern art....but don't mind me..It is an awarding winning museum that houses over 2600 objects of art in it's permanent collection...and certainly worth a visit if you are in Ft. Worth.
There was something I really liked though and I will save it for the next post.
My apologies to any modern artists that have have unintentionally insulted here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our Walk Along The River part ll

Sunday was such a beautiful day here in Fort Worth, Texas that my husband and I took a long walk along the banks of the Trinity River.
Here and there you will find places to rest in the shade and even drinking fountains.
As I mentioned on my last post, we need rain so the water is low.
Due to the low water, you don't have to walk all the way to the pedestrian bridge. You can have you choice. Hop from rock to rock or walk or ride across a low water crossing.
There is a very popular new indoor outdoor restaurant along this part of The Trinity, and a welcome sight if you are tired from walking.We have over 40 miles of hike and bike trails along the river here, so it is never crowded out there on the trails. If you are ever in Ft. Worth be sure and look for a map of the Trinity Trails.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fun Along the River

This mural is under a bridge in a part of Fort Worth that is just being developed. You can only spot it if you are navigating a lower pedestrian bridge.
At one time there was a 7,000 acre cattle ranch along the Trinity River here
owned by the Edwards family. Ft. Worth, Texas grew up around it, and now the ranch itself is a multi use development called Clearfork. Hiking and biking trails run alongside the Trinity River river, which is dotted with restaurants, shopping, condos and businesses, but it can still  be navigated by canoe or kayak.
I have labeled the pedestrian bridge (one of several) that stretch across the river under the regular bridges.
There are several benches on this bridge where you can rest and enjoy the view..
As you can see, the river is low...we need rain.

To see other murals from around the world, go: HERE

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Basking in the Sun

When I was out walking the other day I noticed
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this Snowy Egret and some turtles basking in the sun, near a pond on the golf course. They looked so comfortable that I was temped to join them. Has the sun been shining where you are?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Out and About

Spotted this the other day...and I guess I should have saved it for Halloween
Actually my Tom spotted it and was nice enough to circle the block so I could get a picture (he is trained well). He also commented that he wondered if this guy had been married four times. One thing I love about Tom is his sense of humor....I think.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An Entry

Today I am sharing a photo of an entrance to a home that caught my eye  on my daily walk.
Not sure if it was the colorful Trumpet Vine crowning the top, or perhaps the large lanterns
flanking the stone arch that grabbed my eye. What I do know, is it made me wonder what was behind that door?

Linking today to Scribble Picnic " Lantern" Theme Go: HERE

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cow Town

One of  our neighbors heard that I was very interested in history, and invited me to attend a  meeting with her.  Patricia,who lives with her son and daughter in law, is very active in a historical society whose main purpose is preserving the Fort Worth Stock Yards. She grew up on the north side where our historic stockyards are located.
It seems Pat spends a lot of time with Wayne, who went to high school with her.
They took me to their favorite hamburger place. The Star Cafe, located yes in the stockyards, which has been open for over 100 years.. They both grew up coming here as children.
Meet Joyce, a very friendly waitress there, who was also a high school friend of theirs, and fellow cheerleader with Pat.'
The cafe is a sight to behold...and hasn't changed a lot in hundred years. Pat was full of stories about coming here with her grandfather, when she was so small that her feet didn't reach the ground when she sat on these very bar stools.I might add that they serve a delicious hamburger.
The Star Cafe is located on Exchange Street, which is the main street of The Stockyards. If you are having trouble locating it....There is a star dedicated to John Wayne on the sidewalk out it front.
We then went to this building, where our meeting was to be held. It was built in 1902 and a place where the cattle wheeling and dealing went on. Today it houses the Historical Society's museum and various business offices.
I couldn't help but notice (and smell) the cattle pens...still out back, which house a small heard of Longhorn Cattle.
These cattle are used in a twice daily cattle drive (for the tourists), along Exchange Blvd. I have to hand it to the Historical Society who are diligently trying to preserve this area, in it's original condition, which isn't always an easy task.