Merry Christmas

My Wife and I have our Wedding Anniversary five days before Christmas, thanks to me (long story!). This year we went to Las Vegas.

Neither one of us came back with a lot of money, but it was nice to get away for a few days.

I found one of the Free things to do while there. Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden. Over a million lights on Cactus. Although it sounds different, it was actually very nice, AND they had really good hot chocolate!

Merry Christmas everyone.

Photographed: Henderson, NV 2019.12.21

End of an Era – 5

Collin Creek mall is well underway of being demolished to make room for the new facility.

It’s interesting, for me anyway, to watch the heavy machinery knock this building down. With the precision of a very large human hand, the operators can separate the tin from the re-bar and concrete and place in individual piles.

I will be back next weekend to see how much more is knocked down. At some point I may post a photo time-laps.

Photographed: Plano, Texas 2019.10.11

End of an Era – 3

Another shot from inside Collin Creek Mall. The escalators were still operating for some reason. Of course I rode up and down a few times.

I guess they left them running to make it easier for photographers to navigate the empty mall.

We went back a day or so later and they were still running. Even Adalyn had to ride at least once!

Photographed: Plano, TX 2019.07.26

End of an Era

Collin Creek Mall is a few miles from our house and was built in 1981. After 38 years of serving Plano, the decision was made by investors to demolish and build a new state of the art multi-purpose venue.

Of course this make photographers happy with all kinds of opportunities. The mall was open to the public for several days prior to closing for good back in July, so of course, I had to go in a few times. I will share in the next few posts.

There were a few people in the middle of the mall cleaning and preparing for a closing festival.

When was the last time you were in a mall and only saw one person?

And look who else!
Zebadiah, Adriana and Adalynn had to see this for themselves too.

Photographed: Collin Creek Mall, Plano, TX 2019.07.26

A sign of the Times

Earlier in the spring we took a quick trip to East Texas. Coming back home we crossed Lake Tawakoni.

Before we crossed there was a little park, but coming out on the road I couldn’t pass up this shot.

Its a good thing they put this bridge here. Where else would they put all those signs?

Also, does the water curve underneath a bridge or is this an optical illusion?