THE GREAT TRINITY FOREST

 

Dallas is not known for its natural beauty.

We have paved much of our prairie.

And while we may pass forest, river and wetlands as we drive somewhere else, few give it much more than a passing glance.

Although I would rather not admit it, I was the same way.

While I have photographed many of Texas’ natural highlights, I had never ventured into the forest right here in my home town.

It did not help that for decades, this was a forgotten zone – filled with trash and tires and abandoned boats washed into the forest.

It had a long legacy of misuse and abuse that tainted everything about the forest. And let’s not even discuss the reputation of the Trinity River itself.

One day I was coming back from a long drive to south Texas to photograph wildlife and I glanced at the Great Trinity Forest from the highway like I had so many times before.

But this time I decided to quit looking and start exploring.

I was amazed at the beauty, diversity and wildness I found.

Through the determined efforts of an awful lot of people and the City of Dallas, the forest is now being cleaned up, protected, even cherished.

Places like the Trinity River Audubon Center have opened up access and dedicated naturalists and advocates have fought for it, battle by battle and inch by inch.

I am a nature lover, but no master naturalist. There are many better advocates for the Great Trinity Forest than I.

The one thing I can do is take a decent picture.

So my goal is simple. Take my camera, get into that forest, and take pictures that help people learn to love the Great Trinity Forest and that big river that runs through it.

America’s largest urban bottomland forest

ACRES

Owned by City of Dallas