DINOSAURS! I was headed for Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas; excited to get out of Dallas and hunt for some landscape photos. I chose Dinosaur Valley because there are dinosaur footprints in the riverbed of the Paluxy River, and I thought they’d make a great foreground for a photo. Unfortunately, it had rained the night before, pushing the water level too high to see the tracks. In fact, the water level in the river made it impossible even to get to the trails on the other side. When I arrived at the park entrance, the ranger told me all the trails were closed, and the only open trail was the paved one that circles the park and connects the parking lots. For a split second, I thought about packing it in and going back. But the easiest thing to do is to give up, so I decided to see what I could find.
It was the right decision. The park ranger gave me some tips on places I could access the river that day. She also told me about a great lunch spot (check out the Green Pickle if you ever find yourself in Glen Rose) and some local attractions in town. I had a terrific day. I did not, at all, get the photo I went there to get, but I did walk away happy with a couple. And it was leaps and bounds better than being cooped up in a hotel room. It always is.
Duluth, Minnesota based photographer specializing in Landscape and Environmental Portraiture.