Dallas Isn’t In The Desert?

Dallas Isn’t In The Desert?

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I write this post shortly after I awaken in a city, Dallas,  I have hated for almost a half a century. I am a lifelong,  diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan, and as any football fan would know, the Dallas Cowboys are our mortal enemies. I am here for a cousin’s wedding and left my favorite, and, in my opinion, greatest, city in the world, Philadelphia, early yesterday morning.  The trip started out well, as I found out shortly after I boarded my flight. The  two  seats next to me on my flight  were empty. I was in airplane heaven. I was able to spread out and get a short nap in. I sure wish this happened on my flights to and from Australia.Dallas Texas plane ride -18

It was dark for most of our flight, but as the  rising sun caught up with us near Dallas, I was able to  check out the landscape of this city  of my enemy.  I was immediately surprised at the amount of green there was and also the lakes  and waterways below. They were surrounded by the usual cookie cutter houses in the usual suburban housing developments.  This is a link to some more photographs from my flight to Dallas.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/philadelphia-to-dallas-april-7-2016Dallas Texas plane ride -10

I found the airport to be modern and efficient and I was soon in a taxi driving the crowded highways to my hotel, the Renaissance, located in the northwestern part of the city. I again was surprised with the amount of trees along the way.  From the old westerns and television shows I had always pictured to be a dry, treeless desert. Dallas Texas plane ride -16

I arrived at my hotel before  9 A.M. and, of course, my room wasn’t ready.  I made a quick change into summer cloths in  the rest room. It was already 70 degrees with an expected high near 90 degrees. I was hungry so walked a short distance to the Market Diner where I had a nice breakfast including some fried okra and a homemade biscuit. I planned to visit the historic downtown with my sister and her husband when they arrived so decided to head to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical gardens in the morning. Dallas Texas Arboretum drive -6

I took a nice taxi ride  past the skyscrapers of the  downtown , through the working class neighborhoods of east Dallas and to the affluent Lakewood area where the gardens were located. Here is a link to some more photographs from my ride through the city. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/dallas-texas-arboretum-drive-april-7-2016Dallas Texas Arboretum drive -8

The sun was shining and it was already hot when I was dropped off at the   entrance to the Arboretum.  The entrance was filled with buses  dropping off school children. And I was greeted by the noisy cries of the many great-tailed grackles that live in the trees of the arboretum. Dallas Texas Arboretum critters -1

Inside I wanted to first visit the azaleas. I read that the have a spectacular display here in the Spring.  I was disappointed finding they had reached their peak bloom a few days earlier. There were still some species in bloom and there were some beautiful displays but many had already faded and dropped their flowers. Dallas Texas Arboretum walk-2

I soon got over my disappointment. The grounds of the arboretum were spectacular and there were many other displays of flowers in bloom. Dallas Texas Arboretum walk-46

I walked to the grounds overlooking the lake, passing many  landscaped ponds and waterfalls along the way. The gardens  were crowded and the voices of school children  visiting the arboretum where everywhere.  Dallas Texas Arboretum walk-24

There were plenty of  other critters too, including  birds in the trees, including scores of the great-tailed grackles, cardinals, sparrows and even a robin. Dallas Texas Arboretum critters -2

The ponds were filled with many beautiful  koi swimming about in their splendid colors.   And there were many red squirrels scurrying about the grounds too.  Here is a link to some more photographs of the wildlife I observed at the arboretum. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/dallas-texas-arboretum-wildlife-april-7-2016Dallas Texas Arboretum critters -9

There were so many flowers in bloom many familiar like the snapdragons, on of my favorite, and many exotic  flowers I never saw before. Here is a link to many more of the flowers I saw on my walk. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/dallas-texas-arboretum-flowers-april-7-2016Dallas Texas Arboretum flowers-30

Every turn along the path seemed to have a secret to reveal. And there were a number of restaurants, all with outdoors seating filled to capacity on this wonderful Spring day. I wished I hadn’t eaten breakfast since they all looked so inviting. Dallas Texas Arboretum walk-15

And there were the statues, a recent addition of eight sculptures of “Great Contributors “to the history and culture of the world. They seemed at home in their garden setting. See if you can identify them all.  Here is a link to photographs of all eight of these sculptures. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/dallas-texas-arboretum-statues-april-7-2017Dallas Texas Arboretum statues -2

I continued to explore the many  nooks and crannies, all containing beautiful displays of flower gardens.Dallas Texas Arboretum walk-11

I soon realized I could not see them all in the short time I was  there. I was meeting my nephew and his girlfriend in the afternoon so i had to leave this Spring wonderland of flowers. I hope I get a chance to return. I learned that Dallas sure wasn’t the desert town I thought it was for all of these years. I actually is very green, alive and beautiful, in the Spring anyway. Here is a link to some more photographs of my walk through the gardens. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/dallas-texas-arborteum-walk-april-7-2016Dallas Texas Arboretum flowers-22


“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,Dallas Texas Arboretum critters -17
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream