Paris, TX.

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The Red River Valley veterans memorial

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First United Methodist church

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Church of Holy Cross Episcopal

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Train depot warehouse on the south end of town

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Train depot warehouse on the south end of town

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World War I memorial

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Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower

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Red River Valley veterans memorial

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Santa Fe – Frisco train depot

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Gregory Vinegar Works

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Red River Valley veterans memorial

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“In the health of the people lies the wealth of the nation.” Phrase above the entrance of Lamar County Hospital

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Lamar County Hospital

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Iron fence in front of the J.M. and Emily Daniel house

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Spotted this gem on the side of a building near the tracks

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John Chisum Gibbons house, built in 1884. It’s in really bad shape sadly. It was the second house in Paris to have electricity and the second to have a gas cooking stove.

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The Baker Hotel in B&W.

Most of the same pics from my earlier set in B&W.

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The Baker Hotel – an Old Beauty soon to be reborn.

The Baker Hotel, what a glorious building. As is she has more character and beauty than most modern and habitable buildings. I have been looking to take photos of this beauty since I first saw her several years ago on my way to Mineral Wells State Park. It’s hard to miss her as she towers over the rest of the city making her presence known. My buddy Brian and I decided to finally get out here and catch her in her current glory. She is due for a HUGE renovation by a very talented group.

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Below are some of the several hundred photos I took on this visit, enjoy!

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First crack at portraits.

This was my first crack at doing portraits. To this point I’d only shot buildings, cars and scenery mainly.

I’m fairly pleased with how they turned out but more importantly the couple, Courtney and Hagen, are really happy with them.

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2012 Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure – Fort Worth, TX

These are the the best shots I got while walking the 2012 Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure show over the weekend. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect; overcast and in the 60s/70s. This is one of the best classic car shows I’ve been to.

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Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights at The Solar Powered Music Festival

These were some of my favorite shots I took while watching Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights play The Solar Powered Music Festival. Damn these guys can play.

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More shots from “Around the Fort”

These were the first shots I took with the e-510 after freeing it from it’s nearly 2 year slumber.

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Shots from “Around the Fort”

These are some pics I’ve taken over the last month around Ft. Worth. I’ve finally started using the Olympus e-510 that’s been sitting neglected for a couple years. It’s been nice to have something to keep my busy after becoming single recently.

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Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar B-Q Tyler, TX

www.StanleysPitBBQ.com

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I only happened upon this place because I was taking my mom into Tyler for surgery. All the reviews I read on Yelp were 5 stars so it was promising. The sign out front listing what had sold out was a strong indicator I was in for a treat.

My order: 2 meat combo plate with Pork Ribs and Sliced Brisket and 1/4 lb of Sausage. Each plate comes with pinto beans, potato salad and cole slaw, 2 slices of white bread, dill pickles and onion slices.

Pork Ribs (baby backs): These had a great bark and flavor with the perfect “tooth.” The ribs were glazed in sauce and had a dry rub coating as well. I don’t normally do sauced ribs but these were great and I’d go back if nothing else for them.

Sliced Brisket (flat, fatty): I ordered the brisket “fatty” and it came out perfectly moist. While it had a nice bark the only negative was the lack of smoke flavor.

Sausage: Nice snap to the case and juicy with a coarse grind. One of the better smoked sausages I’ve had lately.

Potato Salad: Great flavor and not heavy on the mayo. The size of the potatoes were perfect. It had what looked to be either purple cabbage or a bitter green which seemed weird but worked well.

Cole Slaw: Good flavor, and the cut size on the cabbage was nice while the mayo based dressing was light.

Pinto Beans: The beans were well cooked which is hard to find at most places. There was also chopped brisket throughout, solid choice.

A diamond in the ruff would be a good way to describe this place. The food was great as was the atmosphere in the place. They’ve got lots of awards on the walls and I can see why. My only gripe would be only getting 2 ribs with my order.

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Railhead Smokehouse BBQ Ft. Worth, TX

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www.RailheadOnline.com

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I finally got a chance to give this place a try. I was skeptical because it seemed to be a college hangout more than a BBQ joint based on reviews from Yelp.com.

My order: 2 meat dinner with Pork Ribs and Sliced Brisket, 1/2 lb of Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage with hand cut french fries and cole slaw. Each dinner comes with 2 slices of white bread, 2 pickle spears (which were awful) and sliced onions and your choice of 3 sides.

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Pork Ribs (spares): They had a great bark and flavor. They were a bit overcooked as they were falling off the bone before I could pick them up.

Sliced Brisket (flat): Nice bark and flavor. The flavor helped cover the fact that it was really dry.

Sausage (jalapeño/cheddar): Nice snap to the case and juicy but the cheddar was like Cheez Whiz and that ruined it for me.

French Fries (hand cut): Second best thing about this meal. They had great flavor and were tender and crispy on the ends. They count for 2 of the 3 sides, worth it.

Cole Slaw (mayo based): Good flavor, and the size of the cut on the cabbage was nice without being heavy.

Overall you get the feel this place is more about who eats here than what you’re eating. Nearly everyone was having a schooner validating that suspicion. The portions are very generous but if you go get the ribs, fries and nothing else. What kind of BBQ place doesn’t even serve sweet tea, craziness?!

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