Sightings in Cowtown, Texas

Also known as Fort Worth, Texas. This is the home of the Fort Worth Stockyards featuring the twice daily Texas Longhorn cattle drive.

I found myself here last Saturday with a group of photographers. We had a meet and greet to talk photography and “shoot” some sights.

And sights we did see.

Coming here is like visiting the Old West. You do step back to another time, and another era. You are transported to the dusty days of the cowboy.

Fort Worth Stockyards Riverwalk
Fort Worth Stockyards Riverwalk

Calf fries??

It was nice to meet up with friends, new and old, to capture the fun of a great little place called Cowtown. My first two photos are of the Stockyards Riverwalk. I had no idea there was a Riverwalk. Score! on discovering new places. And living so close to a fantastic place rich in history and tradition.

The Texas Wild West

Which happens to be on the North side of downtown Fort Worth. No need to consult a map, it’s true.

The wild West begins with a cobblestone street (isn’t that what brick is called?). Twice a day there is a cattle drive of Texas Longhorn steers; 1865 style.

Truth is…..I’ve lived (and worked) in the Fort Worth area for over twenty-one years. This was the first time I’ve seen the historic cattle drive. Isn’t that the way it is with tourist-y spots?

It was short, but very, very cool. You know if I make a collage, I’m not pulling your leg.

Fort Worth Stock yards

I actually wasn’t feeling all that well today. I got up, then went back to sleep until almost noon. I can’t remember the last time I slept longer than seven hours. I must have needed it, either that, or the decongestant the doctor prescribed needs to be cut in half. I was still tired most the day. I can’t seem to shake the sinus headache, even though I’m on antibiotics and two different decongestants. I guess it’s that time of year for the insane clown cold. Point is…..I do have one in my fuzzy brain, I promise…..I still took pictures.


I didn’t think any were good. Finally, after two hours of poking around with edits (I like the cinema edit on these the best), I am finally happy with some of them. Here are a few.

The beautiful lead horse of the cattle drive with ice-blue eyes.
Fort Worth Cattle Drive

After the cattle drive, the little girls wanted to ride the ponies, and sit on a Texas Longhorn. Who wouldn’t?

Bridget riding the oldest sweet pony on the circle block.

For all fairness sake, I did get Molly’s picture on the ponies and I did get Bridget’s picture on the longhorn. However, I had to narrow down the photo usage, because this post is already post heavy with pictures (Is that possible? If you are on slow upload…I am incredibly sorry).

Molly on the Texas Longhorn.
Sydney rode the (?) race horse. Uh, giddy-yup Syd! You go cowgirl.

Next, we shopped. Okay….not really. Those things are waaaay too expensive, but we had fun anyway.

Fort Worth Stockyards store.
Sydney getting country in the stockyards.
Rough and tough Bridget in the hat shop at the stockyards in Fort Worth.
Howdy ya'll! It's Molly the cowgirl.

Then we saw something crazy – really crazy.

It is what you think it is.

A real cat with a real rat.

It’s a little hard to see, but the rat is on the cat, and the cat is on a dog.

I have no idea how he did that, but it was fur real. Heh.

Our little outing ended when the outlaws were thrown in jail. All THREE of them!

It's jail time for the criminals.

S’cuse me, make that all FOUR of them rascals!

Enjoy your stay...

I will bail you out tomorrow, okay kids?

My most wanted crazy blended family.

That sums up our afternoon in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The girls really enjoyed it. I think they have watched some western shows with their mom and they soaked it all up with big happy grins. Their maternal relatives hail from New England, but my goodness…’s obvious these little girls were born in Texas and it is soooo cute.

If you have not visited the Fort Worth Stockyards, and you live here (shame), you definitely should. The cattle drive happens twice a day. We caught the one at four pm.

Fort Worth Stockyards

It was a great family time. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend too, and enjoying the nice weather if you got it.