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Whimsical Dillidiidae Spotted in Hermann Park!

Posted: July 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm   /   Art & Culture, Parks & Outdoor, Sculptures

Have you spotted these Dillidiidae in Hermann Park?  There is also a Mamadillidiidae.  There is undoubtedly a Papadillidiidae out there somewhere as well.  Only the Mama and her four cute quadruplets can be seen right now in Hermann Park. It is easy to identify the Mamadillidiidae.  She is much taller and bigger than her children. […]

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Donovan Park ~ Kid’s Castle Playground ~ Houston Heights

Posted: July 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm   /   Parks & Outdoor

Donovan Park is another jewel of a place located in the Houston Heights.  It is a stellar attraction for kids and their parents or guardians. There are many prime real estate locations in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area.  The Houston Heights is definitely one of them! We have enjoyed other scenery along Heights Boulevard such […]

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Houston’s Hermann Park ~ So Many Attractions!

Posted: July 14, 2016 at 10:54 pm   /   Parks & Outdoor

Hermann Park My introduction to this fabulous city park in Houston, Texas came as a matter of easy proximity. I had just started working at my very first job as an operating room nurse. My living quarters were in the nurse’s dorm in the middle of the Texas Medical Center. That was decades ago. Hermann […]

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Beautiful Lombard Lamp Gift to City of Houston

Posted: June 28, 2016 at 10:54 pm   /   Art & Culture, Parks & Outdoor, Sculptures

The Lombard Lamp gracing Heights Boulevard in Houston, Texas is a beauty!  We have passed it while in our car many times.  One day we decided to take a closer look.  We learned much by doing so! There is a Lombard Bridge in the City of Hamburg, Germany.  Many such lamps as this one in […]

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Competitive Ice Sculpting & Art in Discovery Green Park

Posted: June 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm   /   Events, Parks & Outdoor

Downtown Houston Park I have already written about Discovery Green Park in several other posts. There is so much to enjoy in this downtown venue and playground that it would be difficult to showcase everything just in one blog post. This particular post will focus solely on impressions and images from a one day sojourn […]

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The House (Heart) Sculpture by Jim Dine

Posted: June 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm   /   Art & Culture, Parks & Outdoor, Sculptures

Tribute to Houston Philanthropist Maconda Brown O’Conner This is one of 3 bronze relief sculptures created by American pop artist Jim Dine in 1983. It was dedicated in the memory of well known Houston philanthropist Maconda Brown O’Connor who was the daughter of George R. Brown of Construction Company Brown & Root fame. Although her […]

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Lauren’s Garden in Market Square Park, Houston, TX

Posted: May 29, 2016 at 8:19 pm   /   Cemeteries & Memorials, Parks & Outdoor

In Memoriam Lauren’s Garden is located in the historic Market Square Park in downtown Houston. The address is 301 Milam St., Houston, Texas 77002. Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas was just one of the many people killed on that infamous day of September 11, 2001 when America was under siege by a handful of terrorists. Lauren loved […]

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Antique Dolphin Fountain in Houston’s Lamar Park

Posted: May 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm   /   Parks & Outdoor

Old Neighborhood Houston Pocket Park Lamar Park is a tiny half acre park located in west-central Houston. It is a hop, skip and a jump (less than 3 miles) from downtown Houston.  It is so small that it is called a pocket park. Dolphin fountain is located there at the corner of Hyde Park and […]

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Mary Jo Peckham Park in Katy, TX is a Bird Paradise

Posted: May 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm   /   Houston Metro Area, Katy, Parks & Outdoor

A Day in the Park Come along with us on one day’s journey into the Mary Jo Peckham Park in Katy, Texas where several different types of birds happened to be spotted and photographed on one fine sunny and warm day. Katy, Texas is located a few miles to the west of Houston and is […]

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Tranquillity Park in Downtown Houston

Posted: May 15, 2016 at 3:32 am   /   Parks & Outdoor

This two block long city park located in downtown Houston is just one more indication of why Houston has the nickname of Space City.  Tranquillity Park specifically commemorates the unforgettable moon landing back in 1969. Most people are well aware of the part Houston plays in the aerospace industry. I will never forget watching television […]

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Gus and Lyndall Wortham Park at Texas Medical Center

Posted: May 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm   /   Parks & Outdoor

This fabulous Wortham Park with water features and shaded areas just a hop skip and a jump across from the Texas Medical Center did not exist when I lived and worked there.  That was many years ago. Here is a little history going back to those days. The notable Shamrock Hotel used to be in […]

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Impressive Houston Police Officer’s Memorial

Posted: April 26, 2016 at 10:49 pm   /   Cemeteries & Memorials, Parks & Outdoor

My husband and I have been driving past this Houston Police Officer’s Memorial for many years.  For some of those years we did not even realize the significance of what it was. One day we decided to stop and take a closer look at it. This first photo pretty much shows what one would see […]

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Kleb Woods Nature Preserve is Amazing!

Posted: April 20, 2016 at 10:45 pm   /   Houston Metro Area, Parks & Outdoor, Tomball

This natural preserve in Tomball is a nature lover’s delight! One feels far removed from living in a city or even the nearby towns while walking through the dense thickly wooded areas and wetlands. Until recently my husband and I had never even heard of it, and we have lived in Houston for most of […]

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Spotts Park ~ One of Few Hills in Houston Located There

Posted: April 20, 2016 at 1:33 am   /   Parks & Outdoor

The slightly over 16 acres Spotts Park was initially called Vick’s Park back in the early 1900s. During those early days of the twentieth century, some forward-thinking people saw the need to create park spaces along Buffalo Bayou. In 1906 the Vick’s Park was purchased along with other nearby properties. 1980 was the date that the […]

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Fantastic Arthur Storey Park in Houston

Posted: April 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm   /   Parks & Outdoor

My husband and I visited Arthur Storey Park for the first time last week.  It is a jewel in the heart of the city! As most people familiar with Houston know, our area is very flat.  When we get torrential rains, it can become a problem.  Our streets and sewers can only take so much […]

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Eye Catching Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain

Posted: April 15, 2016 at 11:41 pm   /   Parks & Outdoor

Buffalo Bayou Park An amazing eye-catching fountain exists in Buffalo Bayou Park. This Houston park consists of 160 acres and has been developed into many different areas for people to enjoy.  It is located just west of downtown and offers spectacular city skyline views. Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain is right across from the Wortham […]

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Smither Park is a Unique & Fun Folk Art Green Space

Posted: April 12, 2016 at 11:55 pm   /   Art & Culture, Parks & Outdoor, Tourist Attractions

The Orange Show Foundation sponsors Smither Park, and once you see the Orange Show, you will understand why both are related. Just like the Beer Can House which is another site in Houston now operated by the Orange Show Foundation, folk art is front and center! Smither Park bears the honorary name of John H. […]

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Amazing Baldwin Park with 100 Year Old Oak Trees

Posted: April 10, 2016 at 11:18 pm   /   Murals, Parks & Outdoor

One of the earliest parks in Houston dating back to the turn of the last century is named Elizabeth Baldwin Park. One day while surfing the net I discovered the existence of one of the oldest fountains in Houston. That was what first made my husband and my wish to explore that park location. The […]

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Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens in Humble, TX

Posted: April 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm   /   Houston Metro Area, Humble, Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor

This fantastic botanical garden opened to the public in 1974. My husband and I visited there along with both of our mothers about three decades ago. The changes in landscape from the time of our first visit to our recent one is dramatic! While much of the back part of the botanical gardens was simply […]

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Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Photos & Information

Posted: April 4, 2016 at 4:43 am   /   Nonprofits & Charities, Parks & Outdoor

Nature Sanctuary in the heart of the city! The Houston Audubon Society has its headquarters building there.  My husband and I had been driving past this spot for many years on busy Memorial Drive in Houston.  All one can see from the street is a dense forested area. Curiosity finally got the best of us […]

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