Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ships Ahoy

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South of Houston is Clear Lake, a natural estuary that is the perfect gateway into Galveston Bay. Small municipalities line its shores with names like Nassau Bay, Seabrook, El Lago and Kemah, each with several marinas allowing people to start their sailing and/or fishing expedition.

Today’s image is typical of any of those marinas.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Everybody Chuang Tzu Tonight

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Kayaking and rowing on Buffalo Bayou have become recent past times for some citizens. Recognizing this, boat landings have been added along various points of the redeveloped waterway. Today’s photo shows a piece of public art that adorns the entry down to one of those launches near Allen’s Landing.

The sound of water says what I think.
Water Fountains Water Colors
Water Dreams Water Worlds
Water Garden Water Falls

Monday, November 28, 2011

Grand Scaled Graffiti

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Daniel Anguilu, a street artist responsible for some of the city’s more prolific public murals, has taken his organic/angular style and transformed the Lawndale Art Center’s northern exterior wall into his latest piece.

“Famous Monsters” will be on view through June of 2012 and is a testament to the fact that graffiti is indeed an art form.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Here Piggy... Piggy... Piggy

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This interesting contemporary ceramic display on a spit can be seen in the garden area outside the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Not A Problem

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This banner hangs in the Saturn V building in Rocket Park on the grounds of NASA.

The ill-fated mission was featured in the Ron Howard movie of the same name and will forever be remembered for coining the phrase, "Houston... we have a problem".

Thursday, November 24, 2011


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Today is Thanksgiving Day throughout America and most family celebrations will include turkey in their meals.

Unfortunately... this is the closest thing I have to an image of a turkey. This gull and pelican do seem quite comfortable as they rest on Clear Lake.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Looking Up...

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and trying not to get dizzy.

Just a different view of the Wells Fargo Bank Plaza in downtown.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Back In the Day...

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Neighborhoods had their own storefronts that allowed residents the opportunity to walk to obtain most of their daily needs.

Tucked away within the Heights is one remnant of that era. Long since closed, Barabash Grocery offered locals their daily requirements of groceries, meat and most importantly... beer.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A New Home

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Tonight, the city's Houston Dynamo will be playing the L.A. Galaxy in the MLS's championship soccer match.

This photo shows just how the construction for the Dynamo's new stadium is going. Located in the shadow of downtown it will be ready for next year's schedule.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Go Coogs!!

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The University of Houston Cougar football team is undefeated in NCAA play so far this year and are presently ranked just outside the top ten at number 11 in the country. Led by record setting quarterback Case Keenum, they play rival SMU today in the national spotlight as ESPN’s College Gameday brodcasts their live show today from the university’s campus.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Are You Sure It's Almost Winter?

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Not from the look of today's photo.

Even though it is noticeably cooler, these palm trees in Clear Lake Park on the city's south side remind me of warmer times.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beware Strange Gifts

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Texan artist Jim Love’s first public commission in 1974 is featured in today’s image. His “Portable Trojan Bear” is located along the train tracks in Hermann Park between the Zoo and Miller Outdoor Theater.

Not sure if this is what Odysseus had in mind or not…

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Memorial of a Different Kind

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Earlier this year this truss bridge was renamed to honor Bevil Jarrell, an longtime Humble area educator. Easily seen as you head north on highway US 59 as you near Kingwood, you now know...

the rest of the story.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Bring You...

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A revisit to the fountain that resides in the original Herman Hospital's entry courtyard as seen HERE

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Master Of Their Domain

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Or so it would seem as this pair of mallard ducks sit high above the brood on this pier on Lake Houston.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Capped Off

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Ever wonder what to do with all those twist off caps from your bottled beer?

Do what this store vendor in Old Town Spring did and create a unique Texas state flag with them.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Watching the World Go By...

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Another image from one of my "road less travelled" camera trips. This chair sits in an empty field just off the Elysian Viaduct.

Perhaps someone watches the traffic from it

...or waits for a train to pass

...or watches the sunset against the downtown skyline backdrop

...or maybe it's just junk in a vacant field.

Take your pick.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New and Old...

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I introduced you to Glenwood Cemetery several days ago, and while it remains one of the more "historic" burial places in Houston it still is an active cemetery.

That is evident here with the very modern "broken oblisk" memorial or Dr. John P. Laurent. Very contrasting to the surrounding monuments, don't you think?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Kingdom For An Orange

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The Orange Show is the heart of Houston’s folk art scene, so much so it became the namesake of Orange Show Center for Visionary Art in 1980 which is a non-profit organization designed to preserve and present works of extraordinary imagination and provide people the opportunity to express their personal artistic vision. This foundation also runs and oversees the Art Car Parade, the pride of the local public art scene.

Is it for everyone? I doubt it… but it represents one of the city’s true gems

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ring... Ring...

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After bouncing around several locales over the years David Adickes' "Big Alex" sits atop the Neartown business, Pictures Plus Prints and Framing.

You should see their receptionist.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering...

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Especially after posts HERE, HERE and HERE... Houston considers itself the center of the art car world.

I think they have a point.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Glenwood Cemetery

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Glenwood Cemetery was formed in 1871 as the first professionally planned cemetery in Houston. Located within view of the downtown skyline, it is the final resting place of several locally historic dignitaries, as well as, citizens of the Republic of Texas as shown HERE.

This weeping angel, the Hill Family Monument, is one of the more recognizable memorials on the grounds, which is a very peaceful and serene place to escape the hectic pace of one’s day.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Read Me A Story

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Some may say the architecture of downtown's Central Library is boring, but the simple windowless building, built in 1975, protects the thousands of volumes in its care from the damages of the sun.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Favorite Part...

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of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum building, seen in its entirety yesterday, was the entrance.

Can you tell I'm a big fan of art deco?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fly the Friendly Skies

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Back in the day, Houston Municipal Airport (now known as Hobby Airport) was the place to catch your flight, and this is the terminal you would walk through.

Built in 1940, this art deco terminal building now houses the Air Terminal Museum which was created by the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society which saved the building from being demolished in 1998

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Theme Day - Fences

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This month's theme for the City Daily Photo community is Fences.

While this might not be the most picturesque fence in town or a typical classic view, this image taken near the Elysian Viaduct is actually one of my favorite recent images. Something about the contrasting elements.

…and if it seems familiar it might be because I have already featured a similar shot HERE, but I thought reviving it for this month’s theme day was fitting.

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