At one end of the fair is a "pond" where you can ride in swan boats.  A bridge goes across the pond, and at one end of the bridge are these "guardian" pelicans.

At one end of the fair is a "pond" where you can ride in swan boats. A bridge goes across the pond, and at one end of the bridge are these "guardian" pelicans.

Big Tex.  The original burned down, but I think they did a nice job with re-doing him.  He "talks" to the crowd too. I liked Big Tex.  Very iconic.

Big Tex. The original burned down, but I think they did a nice job with re-doing him. He "talks" to the crowd too. I liked Big Tex. Very iconic.

Longhorn at the Texas State Fair, Dallas, Texas.  10/2014.

Longhorn at the Texas State Fair, Dallas, Texas. 10/2014.

An olive tree in a wayside rest along I-5 in northern CA.  Producing olives too.  It's part of an abandoned orchard.  10/2014.

An olive tree in a wayside rest along I-5 in northern CA. Producing olives too. It's part of an abandoned orchard. 10/2014.

Queensland Bottle Tree.  (Brachychiton)   San Diego Zoo.  12/2010.

Queensland Bottle Tree. (Brachychiton) San Diego Zoo. 12/2010.

Getting caught taking a "selfie."  The people watching at the Texas State Fair was great.    (By the way, check out the nails on the girl on the right.)

Getting caught taking a "selfie." The people watching at the Texas State Fair was great. (By the way, check out the nails on the girl on the right.)

Hibiscus.  Texas State Fair.  I like the variegated variety shown in this photo.  10/2014.

Hibiscus. Texas State Fair. I like the variegated variety shown in this photo. 10/2014.

Yellow irises by a pond along old highway 30, near Viento State Park, OR.  06/2014.

Yellow irises by a pond along old highway 30, near Viento State Park, OR. 06/2014.

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