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Pet Rest

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The first (free) day in Dallas, I visited two pet cemeteries. After Toothacres, I went to Pet Rest Memorial Park & Crematory. I knew I’d struggle with the late-fall light and getting exposures I was happy about, and it was really windy, which always throws me off when photographing. But I loved this pet cemetery almost as much as the first one. The gravestones here had such sweet, sad inscriptions – “Our boy has gone walking,” “Peacefully sleeping” – and many of the lawn-level markers were half covered in dirt, being swallowed up by the ground. It was a lovely place.

Toothacres

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Back in the summertime, when I found out I’d be going to Dallas for a conference for my job in November, the first thing I did was search for pet cemeteries I could visit and photograph. I was amazed to learn there were six within the Dallas-Forth Worth area, and now I’m amazed I made it to all of them in the daylight hours over two days. Each one was pretty big and worthy of spending at least an hour inside. The first one I went to, Toothacres Pet Crematory and Cemetery, was full of treasures. Usually at pet cemeteries, there are lawn-level markers and upright headstones, and a few vases holding old or fake flowers. This place had so many statues – of all types, and in all conditions. I loved photographing here. This was a great start to the (photo) work part of the trip.

Rose Garden & Japanese Garden

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Like spring, fall lasts for a long time here. But the leaves were starting to come down after a few windy days/nights, so we planned a trip to the Japanese Gardens to see the trees the weekend before last. We had’t been since we visited Oregon for the first time in 2011! It was such a lovely day to go. We loved the koi fish. Cody got a walk through the rose garden first, and all the flowers looked so neat with water droplets on them.

Here are all the photos from October, the best month of the year