A Search for the Texas Vernacular: Episode 14

Mansfield, Texas: Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park 2

Who would have ever thought I’d be able to continue the Texas Vernacular series from Oregon? I think I’ve got a few good episodes left in me. Lets start with this surprisingly beautiful park in Mansfield.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Picnic Table

Parks tend to be a “one-and-done” kind of deal in my mind. If you’ve seen one park, you’ve kinda seen them all.

This park is an exception.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Pond 1

Even though Texas was hot enough to make a man of my size and age cry, I still spent hours wandering around this park admiring the natural beauty I did not know existed in this part of Texas.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Pond Bench

I don’t want to write too much about the experience, but it was surprising how varied the trail was. I have seen forests, and plains, and lakes, and rivers separately, but here you journey through them one by one.

Just stop reading this and scroll down to see what I’m talking about.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Bench on trail

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Log and Trail

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Trail

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Bridge

All along the trail you stumble across little moments of interest. Sometimes its nothing more than a bench in a clearing, other times it is an overlook to the river below.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Shelter

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Rocky Ford 1

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Rocky Ford 2

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Windmill

Sometimes you stumble across a tiny frog and you spend 20 minutes trying to photograph it as it attempts to escape to the forest.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Frog

A few of my favorite things/places within the nature trail include this Treehouse Overlook that rises out of the landscape.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Tree house 1

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park 4

Another is this Boardwalk, beautifully located and detailed to respond to the local flood plane.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Boardwalk 1

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Boardwalk 3

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Boardwalk 4

But my most favorite thing….

Wildflowers.

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Wildflowers 1

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Wildflowers 2

Elmer W Oliver Nature Park_Wildflowers 3

If you live in the DFW area, go see this park. Sometimes it is easy to forget there is such beauty in a place that relies so heavily on cars for transportation, this park is a friendly reminder of the natural beauty of Texas.

More Texas trip stuff shortly. 

Also, Happy 2nd Birthday to the OH! design blog. Hopefully a second blog book is on the way!

texas vernacular

 

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 thoughts on “A Search for the Texas Vernacular: Episode 14

  1. David says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! I was told that yesterday was Sanslartigue’s third. How time flies 🙂

  2. Gaylen says:

    Beautiful pictures. What an eye, Omar! Did you know there was a rabbit in the tall grass in the boardwalk shot? It takes a great photographer to even get the animals to cooperate.
    Enjoyed the tour.
    Gaylen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: