Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, TX

About 10 club members joined Tracy Del Favero this morning for a photo outing at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford.  These gardens were designed and created by English portrait artists Douglas Chandor over 70 years ago.  The gardens cover approximately 4 acres and are designed as a series of garden rooms, each with its individual character, connected with meandering walkways.

There were a few people in the garden practicing Tai Chi when we arrived.  A short while later, a large group of people arrived practicing yoga in the Bowling Green Garden.  And, yes, it was long and skinny, like a bowling alley, with a fountain at the end.

Below are a few photos taken by a couple of members.

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HIll Country trip in Llano Texas


Scott, Matt and were blessed to go down to Llano April 6-8. We did see fields of bluebonnets; however, I am enthralled by the variety of wildflowers also growing for our enjoyment. We stayed in a wonderful house in the country, front porch with rockers, hummingbirds and sunrise. The back porch was screened in and views of the sunsets. A horse and burros grazed in the fields and barn wrens sat on the rail fence.

Texas Bluebonnet Season

I took a trip down to the Ennis area this weekend for what I had read was to be an outstanding early bluebonnet season.  This was my second year to make the sixty five mile drive to capture photos of the Texas state flower.  I scouted the area on Saturday evening to determine where I wanted to be on Sunday morning.  The bluebonnets were much better this year than what I saw last year.  I drove several of the roads on the Bluebonnet Trail, but spent most of my time Saturday at Mach Rd. and on Hwy 813 and Sugar Ridge Rd..  These two places bookend the many miles of roadway promoted by the city of Ennis.

The field of bluebonnets at Mach Rd. was the largest field of bluebonnets I have ever seen.  It was a relatively rolling plot of land with a stock tank and a couple of trees.  Unfortunately some old appliances strewn about the area took away a little bit of the view.  Thanks to Adobe for content aware fill in PS5.  The fields over on Hwy 813 and Sugar Ridge had a little more character as there were more trees in the fields and a little more variety to the terrain to create layers for your photos.

After my scouting trip, I woke up early on Sunday and arrived at Mach Rd. twenty minutes before sunrise on Sunday just to find out that there was to be no sunrise due to heavy clouds that were moving south to north.  I was able to get a few shots with some nice light after 45 minutes of waiting before heading up to the other area.  Up on Hwy 813, I had much more success as the sun was out from behind the clouds a little more often but not too high yet.  It was slightly breezy so the fine leaf trees had some movement making the trees in my photos look somewhat like they were painted.

I would recommend that you pick up your camera and make the trip to Ennis if you can.  The trip was worth the early wake-up time on a Sunday morning.