Howdy, my name’s Matt. I’m originally from England but now reside here in Dallas, Texas. On arrival I thought it would be fun to try something new and enter the world of photo blogging. My blog will be divided into trips to places I’ve been to visit, to enter each section simply click on the bold titles below.
Here is my blog documenting my travels here in America so far…..
Had some family come over to visit over the last few weeks so took a brief trip to Austin to get out of town and show them what Texas is all about. One of the main reasons we decided to visit was to watch the University of Texas play a collegiate football game against theContinue reading “Texas Longhorns (Austin), Texas”
Thought it’d be fun to share a few photos from a recent trip to Arizona. We flew into Tucson and spent a week in the South of Arizona. One of the places we managed to go and see was Saguaro National Park. The Park is named after the Saguaro Cactus which is the largest cactusContinue reading “Saguaro National Park, Arizona”
Went out last night to watch a preseason friendly at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas between Barcelona & Juventus. It’s the second time i’ve managed to catch a live game of Barca, the first being in April 2018 watching them take on Leganes in La Liga at the Nou Camp. That was one ofContinue reading “Barcelona V Juventus, Cotton Bowl Stadium Dallas”
Took another trip to Hagerman over the July 4th Weekend, it was an early start leaving Dallas at 4:45 am but was definitely worth it once we arrived there.
Took a trip earlier this summer to Virginia on the east coast of the USA. Thought it’d be fun to share a few photos from a day we spent in Washington DC. Washington is the Capital city of the USA, named for the first president George Washington.
Thought i’d share some photos i’ve taken over the last few years at a few different places around the USA. There’s not really a theme of the photos just a very random bunch which i thought i’d like to edit.
It’s been a while since i shared any photos on here so thought i’d add some photos from Dallas earlier this spring. Over the last few years i’ve done a lot more wildlife than street photography, so for a change i’ve edited some images from Downtown.
Thought i’d share something different to the usual blurry bird photos and write a post about FC Dallas’s first game of the MLS season against Toronto FC. This weekend was the opening weekend of the 27th MLS season, Dallas have undergone plenty of offseason surgery after a disappointing campaign saw them finish 3rd bottom lastContinue reading “FC Dallas v Toronto FC”
Thought i’d share a few photos from our trip to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in December. Going in the winter is one of my favourite times of year, each season has it’s own distinct wildlife at the refuge but during December/January there are usually thousands of Snow Geese which makes an amazing natural spectacle.
Taken a little while but got around to editing more photos from the Ruby Valley. I’ll share some images of the wildlife we encountered at the National Wildlife Refuge. I’ll do my best to identify the birds (with help from the National Geographic’s Complete Birds of North America book & the Audubon App) but i’llContinue reading “Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada”
Enjoyed a great week in Nevada last month for Thanksgiving. One of the days we took a trip to Ruby Valley, this is a glacier made Valley around 50 miles from Elko in Northern Nevada. The Valley is around 60 Miles in length and offers some amazing views of the local scenery and wildlife. TheContinue reading “Ruby Valley, Nevada”
A few more images from visiting San Antonio in May. On reflection i would definitely rank it amongst my favourite cities I’ve visited in America. Aside from the Spanish Missions (here’s my post about those for anyone who’s interested) https://lone-star-lore.com/2021/07/31/spanish-missions-san-antonio-texas/ there is a lot of other stuff to do and visit there. In this postContinue reading “San Antonio, Texas”
Enjoyed a visit to Lake Ray Roberts recently, it’s a massive reservoir around 30 miles North of Dallas. It has two Texas State Park locations attached to it, the one we visited was the Isle du Bois unit on the southern side of the lake. There’s a lot of activities to do there including boating,Continue reading “Lake Ray Roberts State Park, Texas”
Took a Summer trip to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas. This is the first time visiting in the Summer and it didn’t disappoint. We arrived at the refuge at around 630am in time to watch the sunrise which was impressive to say the least. As always there were plenty of birds and otherContinue reading “Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Texas”
I thought i’d share a few photos from a recent trip to San Antonio. San Antonio is around 250 miles south of DFW. It was founded in the early 1700s as a Spanish Mission and Outpost. Whilst visiting you can definitely see the influence still of the Latin style architecture all around the city. SanContinue reading “Spanish Missions San Antonio, Texas”
This is probably one of the stranger places i’ve visited since moving to Texas. El Reno is a small town about 20 miles West of Oklahoma City. The only reason i’ve heard of it is due it suffering one of the most violent tornado’s in recorded history. In May 2013 a complex of thunderstorms developedContinue reading “El Reno, Oklahoma”
I thought i’d share a few other photos from visiting Houston a few months back. As well as going to Anahuac we also visited the San Jacinto Battlefield, the most decisive battle of the Texas Revolutionary War. The battle was fought in April 1836 and resulted in total victory for the Texans who also tookContinue reading “San Jacinto Battlefield & USS Texas”
Recently went to the Texas gulf coast, around 70 miles South East of Houston to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. It’s 34,000 acres of natural habitat mainly for birds and in particular shore and wading birds. It’s also a great place in the spring to see migratory songbirds whom travel through after crossing the Gulf ofContinue reading “Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas”
Having survived the worst of the big chill in Texas these last few days, we took a trip down to White Rock Lake to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air by the lake. Unsurprisingly given the recent conditions the lake looked rather different to usual with a sheet of ice stretchingContinue reading “White Rock Lake , Texas (Winter Storm)”
Last weekend we took a trip north from Dallas to the Texas – Oklahoma border to the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Situated close to Sherman, the refuge is over 11,000 acres squared and is famous as a haven for migratory birds. All year round you can visit here and see a whole plethora of differentContinue reading “Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (pt 1), Texas”
Thought i’d share some photos from our recent Christmas trip to Nevada. We travelled to the city of Elko in the North East of the state. As you can see it’s a lot different to where we are in Dallas, it was great fun though and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting.
It’s been a while since I lasted posted anything so I thought i’d share one of our Autumn trips to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. The gardens here are open all year round and have plenty to do and see. There’s plenty of trails around the grounds as well for those people looking to enjoyContinue reading “Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Texas”
Enjoying the last of the summer sun decided to take a trip downtown and enjoy the sunset at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. I took a brief trip down there earlier this year but rather stupidly, i accidently deleted all my photos from the visit so i thought it would be worthwhile to go backContinue reading “Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Texas”
Having spent so long in the DFW metroplex over the last few months, we decided to take a trip to East Texas and Caddo Lake State Park. Caddo Lake is a large lake and bayou on the state border of Louisiana and Texas, around 3 hours east of Dallas. It’s named after the native americanContinue reading “Caddo Lake State Park, Texas”
Having reached the height of summer here in Texas, I’ve been trying to get out and enjoy the nice weather as much as possible. Thankfully with White Rock Lake on our doorstep it’s been great to enjoy some of the trails there. White Rock Lake is a reservoir in North Dallas, It’s great for hiking,Continue reading “White Rock Lake, Dallas”
With the temporary reprieve in lockdown rules here in Texas a few weeks ago we managed to visit the Stockyards in Fort Worth. For anyone who hasn’t been or heard of it before i highly recommend you go there if you’re ever in North Texas. The Stockyards are a site of huge historic importance forContinue reading “Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas”
We recently took a trip East of Dallas to Lake Tawakoni State Park. It’s around 50 miles to the east of DFW and situated in serene countryside surroundings. The lake is named after the Tawakoni Indian people who lived in North Eastern Texas prior to the arrival of Europeans. At the park itself there’s aContinue reading “Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas”
Thought i’d share a few random photos i’ve taken over the last 6 months of living here. All of these were taken in around the Downtown area of Dallas. Looking forward to being able to get back out and about again and hopefully take some more photos soon.
Took a trip recently South of Dallas to Cedar Hill State Park. It’s a cool outdoor area with a huge lake and a bunch of trails, there were 3 in total varying between 3, 8, 12 miles in distance. Depending on where you park you can also get a good view of some sites inContinue reading “Cedar Hill State Park”
Being stuck at home over the last few weeks has given me an abundance of time to go through old photos. Before I moved to Texas at the end of last year I visited twice, first in the winter of 2016 and then again in the summer of 2017. During both these trips we managedContinue reading “Texas Roadtrips”
We decided to take a brief trip away from Elko for a few days. Due to Northern Nevada being so remote our only real options were to either head west to Reno, East back into Utah or head north into Southern Idaho. We decided to head north and go into Idaho. The journey to BoiseContinue reading “Twin Falls & Boise, Idaho”
Having visited Normandy so frequently on holiday since I was young, I’ve always had an interest in WW2 history. If you haven’t been to Normandy I highly recommend going, particularly to the U.S military cemetery in Colleville Sur Mer. Before I moved to Texas I had no idea that in a small town just southContinue reading “Denison, Texas”
Earlier this month my parents came over to visit, we explored a number of places in Texas including the Reunion Tower in Dallas. Reunion Tower is a viewing platform located in Downtown. With either a single ticket or the Dallas City Pass you can go up and enjoy some spectacular views below. Here are someContinue reading “Reunion Tower Dallas, Texas”
I took a trip in late 2018 to visit my fiancé in Nevada. I began my journey from Birmingham Airport in England, 25 hours and two rather exhausting changeovers later I finally made it to Salt Lake City. This trip would encompass three states Utah, Nevada & Idaho. I didn’t know what to expect havingContinue reading “Salt Lake City, Utah”
After leaving Utah behind we arrived in North Eastern Nevada. Despite travelling for around 4 hours we only encountered a few small towns before arriving in Elko.
Around 70 miles North of Dallas is The Red River and the Texas – Oklahoma border. With my family visiting town we thought it would be fun to travel north and venture into “The Sooner State”. On the way we visited Denison, TX. The hometown of General Dwight D Eisenhower before crossing Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge.
Welcome to my photoblog, the photos displayed here were all taken throughout Texas. I find Texas a beautiful state to live, from the endless prairies, to the western desert, to the downtown metropolises located throughout this enormous place. There’s no shortage of amazing scenery to visit and explore. For each photo I take on myContinue reading “Texas Photography”
This is my first post in a series detailing trips around America I’ve been on. Living in North Texas we are fortunate to be surrounded by great transport links. There are numerous airports and countless highways in all directions making it easy to get out and explore. In this section I will share photos ofContinue reading “Travels Around America”
“Everything’s bigger in Texas” and from the time I’ve spent here it’s hard to contest that. As someone who grew up in a more understated part of the world everything here does seem incredibly large. In this section I’ll try detail those strange phenomena I encounter whilst living here. These experiences will be abnormal fromContinue reading “Written Texas”
- San Antonio
- Fort Worth
- Caddo Lake
- Cedar Hill
- Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
- Oklahoma City
- El Reno
- Salt Lake City
- Great Salt Lake State Park
- Twin Falls
- Shoshone Falls State Park
- Camelback East
- Saguaro National Park
- Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Tower of the Americas
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park HQ
- Mission Concepción
- Cotton Bowl
- Albertson’s Stadium
- Lamoille Canyon
- Ruby Valley