22 August 2012

dfw summer exploring: japanese gardens and a hidden waterfall in fort worth

metroplexing  it all begins with a blog you find. with a photo of a waterfall that you don’t believe really exists in fort worth.

so you do what you do best – you write an email. to your freshman roommate, and you simply send a link with the message, “we are going here. but you name the date. love you!”

you really treasure friends where you never have to ask because you know the answer ahead of time: yes.

tjgarden08 and here she is! with her husband. who is also always up for whatever random activity you think of.

tjgarden01 however, there is some sad news. they are moving to west virginia. it’s only sad because you’re a selfish person and you rather your friends stay near you. after all, who else will you drag to go find random waterfalls or swimming holes?

tjgarden03  there is also another bit of sad news. they’ve never been to the fort worth japanese gardens. and they’re about to move miles away without having ever seen them?

tjgarden07  fortunately that is very fixable. so before the waterfalls, it’s a visit to the gardens.

tjgarden15who could imagine that in an area full of construction and highways and gravel and posts and fences…

tjgarden16  there could be a wooden wall? a wall that costs $4.50 to cross, but a $4.50 well spent.

tjgarden02 because once you cross that wall, you’re in japan.

tjgarden09  seven and a half acres of it right next to downtown fort worth.

tjgarden04 one thing never changes with any of your friends: you turn them into models anytime you note a good background.

tjgarden05 but you do warn them to not fall in, however shallow these ponds might be.

tjgarden10 here in the gardens breaks are necessary. one should never rush a visit to a garden.

tjgarden11what might they be looking at?

tjgarden12 koi fish! hundreds of hungry koi fish.

tjgarden13  they break up the mirrored tree reflections on the surface of the water.

tjgarden14  then a good portion of time is spent critiquing the fish. colors, patterns, fins, swimming speed, size – no one is an expert here, but you can’t help but just discuss these moving watercolor paintings.

tjgarden17 after the gardens,  you all duck into a begonia greenhouse.

tjgarden18    a map of the world is found, and you give them the task of finding benin. it doesn’t take long, your friends are smart cookies.

tjgarden19    a house is found, and you try to convince them to drop their plans for west virginia and just live forever in the botanical gardens. unfortunately, it’s a tad too small for them.

then… off to the waterfalls! the excitement builds. the suspense builds. you can’t wait to go swimming and enjoy rushing water.

tjgarden20 except. except. except.

the waterfall is dried up because it is summer. dfw does not get enough rain to sustain a summer waterfall. it instead is a seasonal waterfall.

metroplexing    a refresher: this is what you were expecting.

tjgarden21 and this is what you got.

a trickle is all that remains from the cooler seasons. that’s it.

the disappointment doesn’t last long, as laughter and jokes replace any feelings of letdown. if anything, the story of the hidden trickle will make you all laugh for a long time. many years, that’s for sure.

and according to google, west virginia has plenty of waterfalls just waiting for you to find. you’re going to give your freshman roomie and her husband some exploring homework once they move.


donna said...

6i LOVE japanese gardens!!!! here is my fav that is close to us....i haven't been since the renovation....needing to go....who would've known ...a japanese garden in fort worth!....http://huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=512#virtual

donna said...

random 6 where'd that come from!

cathy said...

:) you should go then! i dont go to the japanese gardens very often either, but each time i go it's always great. the huntington one looks beautiful.