With apologies to Joni Mitchell.
Discovery Green, located on the south side of downtown, is a 12-acre park created in 2008 out of what were originally concrete surface parking lots. Fountains (see yesterday’s post), a lake complete with remote control boat rentals, gardens, bandstands for free public performances, dog runs and other recreational areas give Houstonians a place to “get away” in the shadow of downtown.
This image is of Margo Sawyer’s “Synchronicity of Color” which, coincidently, is the cover for the exits to the UNDERGROUND parking lot.
Joni Mitchell would be proud.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
With apologies to Joni Mitchell.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Gateway Fountain in Discovery Green is a series of water sprays that create an interactive waterscape.
While almost peaceful in this image... during the summer it is an escape from the heat for any child (or adult) to prance through.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It is a rare weekend that passes that I, myself don’t partake in the light melting texture of a simple glazed doughnut from this establishment.
Is it snack time yet?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
File this in the “Everything Is Big in Texas ” file.
The Williams Tower is one of Houston ’s most visible buildings. Odd thing is… it’s not located downtown, rather in the uptown area across the street from the posh Galleria shopping center. While only the 80th tallest building in the world, it IS the tallest building outside of a central business district with its 64 stories measuring 277m (909 ft).
It’s not enough that it is the tallest structure for miles, at night its 7000 watt rotating beacon can be seen for up to 40 miles.
Weather permitting, of course… your mileage may vary.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Lovett Hall was the first building constructed on the campus of Rice University in 1912, and gives a very old world feel to its atmosphere for higher learning. Most people are aware of the academic credentials of Rice, but here’s a little tidbit most people don’t realize.
According to the website, Jon’s World o’ Squirrels, Rice boasts a “five-squirrel ranking” The campus squirrel listings states, “The quality of an institution of higher learning can often be determined by the size, health, and behavior of the squirrel population on campus.”
Friday, September 24, 2010
…but not as much as this guy.
Beginning in 1968, spanning almost 20 years and utilizing over 50,000 cans of beer, John Milkovisch created his own piece of eclectic Houston Folk Art. Simply know as The Beer Can House, it is located amongst recent new build homes between Memorial Dr and Washington Ave.
All I can say is… Cheers, John!!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Houston actually has two distict Chinatown areas. South of downtown is the original or "Old Chinatown" where this temple, the Pien Hou Taoist Temple resides. Open to the public, it allows one to experience a completely different way of worship.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Centered inside the gazebo, as a part of the Bloch Cancer Survivors' Plaza is this fountain, which has obviously been “re-used”. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any history on its origin.
Still… it does provide a serene getaway in an otherwise busy city.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Created by Hannah Stewart, "Atropos Key" provides an interesting backdrop to those that attend the free concerts and play that occur here.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
The upper Texas coast is in no danger, but the memories of Ike in 2008 and the scare of Rita (on the heels of Katrina) in 2005 are still there serving a constant reminder that…
You NEVER fool with Mother Nature!!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Make sense that they would also provide this doggie water fountain, which was seen at the recently opened T.C. Jester Dog Park.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Gus & Lyndall Wortham Park is located at the busy intersection of Holcombe and Main in the Texas Medical Center, and very well might go unnoticed to most Houstonians.
It is the perfect getaway from a busy day. Shaded benches, moving waters... just typing this makes me want to take a nap.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
These obviously life long Houston Texans fans were in top form, leading the cheering frenzy as the hometown NFL team won its 2010 opening day game yesterday. Unleash the spirit, indeed!!!
Of course… it IS much easier to do when your team wins.
These two were almost as entertaining as the game itself. Almost.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
American football’s NFL season started this week, and today the local Houston Texans have their first game.
This rather unique form of light gray stencilled advertising has been showing up on sidewalks and pavements all over town the last several weeks. Quite clever actually… unless you step out into traffic while reading it.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I pondered what today’s post should reflect. I supposed I might have chosen something with flags waving in the breeze, but instead selected one that depicts rebuilding and reclamation.
Today’s image comes from the Japhet Creek Dis(solve) Project, a volunteer initiative meant to recapture green space along the forgotten creeks that feed Buffalo Bayou.
These small iron letters, mounted to the underside of a bridge in Houston’s Fifth Ward ask us to “Wonder”… and that’s all we can do today.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Any large city will have areas that people shy away from, for whatever their reasons. They will undergo “urban decay” and then perhaps “revitalized”. Occasionally, I like to take the road less travelled and this photo comes from one of those urges.
Located near Jensen and U.S. 59, this is one of my favorite images.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Clever title, don't you think?
Tucked off the beaten path, near the intersection of Washington and Houston Ave. in the city’s historic sixth ward is this very large cactus-shaped water fountain. Standing over 20 ft. tall, there is not much that can be found as to its creator or history, but I still think it is one of the coolest things I have stumbled across while out with the camera.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Home to the Houston Symphony and he Society of the Performing Arts, Jones Hall has been the center point of downtown’s Theater District since 1966. Architectually classic with its curved marble façade and rectangle columns, it was chosen for the American Institute of Architects' Honor Award in 1967.
A gift to the city from its namesake Jesse H. Jones, it stands as a monument to his works fashioning the city to what it is today.
I’ll spare you the history lesson… just enjoy the beauty that is Jones Hall.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Seems over the last several years certain areas of town have become more identity conscious. Uptown, midtown, near town have become more defined and marketed as such. Twenty-plus years ago the area sandwiched between River Oaks, West University and Greenway Plaza had no name… and thus was born Upper Kirby.
Using the abbreviation UK, they have cleverly utilized several Royal Post Boxes and signature red phone booths to enhance their newfound identity.
Friday, September 3, 2010
The Red Swing Project is an urban phenomenon that places a red swing in an unfamiliar place. In several places throughout the world, swings are anonymously hung… just to see how the public will react to them.
We have one here in town, located across the street from The Menil Collection in the Museum District.
Sorry… no photos exist of me trying out this particular example.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This “torch” is part of the promenade and labels where the bayou crosses underneath Interstate 45, just west of downtown. It is visible from both the walkways below and the freeway above.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
A moment of splendor in the busy Texas Medical Center. This is the Alkek Fountain in front of the Roy & Lillie Cullen Building giving those walking near the Baylor College of Medicine of brief respite in their otherwise busy day.