Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bush Park Vistas in the Cold Season

Winter landscape inside George Bush Park 
Noble Road Trail 

Wetlands restoration area in Barker Reservoir - Noble Road Trail 
Power line pylon in Barker Reservoir
Powerline crosses the reservoir and provides perch for vultures  
While there is little green on the ground now, there is
more blue in the water because of the absence of the foliage
The hues vary with the seasons 

The trail is periodically impassable due to flooding, and
sometimes it is submerged entirely when the reservoir is called upon to
perform its purpose - retain flow-off after heavy rains
to reduce flooding downstream in Houston  

Barker Reservoir Dam with heavy clouds seen
from the East at Noble Road / Briar Forest 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Landscape with Water Tower in West Houston

Water Tower with evergreen pine tree
Water Tower on Eldridge at Westpark - Fiorenza Park 

View of the lake from the top of the hill (which has swings to enjoy the vistas)
Water tower on Eldridge Parkway in the distance across the water 

Flood control basin between Highway 6 and Eldridge Parkway at Westpark 
Water Tower at Arch Bishop Fiorenza Park on Eldridge 
Sunset at the Park looking West 
Houston Skyline across the Detention Pond 
Trail Rules posted at foot of the hill 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wild and captive birds at Bear Creek Pioneers Park

A couple of Crested Caracaras 
Don't fee the Birds 

Emu in the company of vultures 
American vulture in the grass 
Fence-sitting black vultures 
Parrot working the wire mesh

Foraging for edibles on the ground