|This is the Hughes family plot in Houston's famous Glenwood Cemetery (worth a day-trip). You can't tell from this photo because I was peeking through the bars to get a clear shot, but it's actually surrounded by a high wrought-iron fence, possibly to keep people from defacing his grave out of frustration for the bad existential rap he bequeathed us.|
|For the vast majority of you who will never experience the exhilaration of canoeing swiftly down the channel beneath one of the country's most intense freeways, here's a glimpse of IH-45's Pierce Elevated, as seen from the underside.|
Proving that great minds think alike, about six weeks following this trip that we made, the alternative rag Houston Press published their groundbreaking (waterbreaking??) expose titled "Dark Water" (a tour de force in Houstoniana), and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and other local community groups began intensifying their efforts to raise awareness and promote the bayou. But I digress.
Houston's best offerings are found in what most people would consider the off-seasons: spring and fall. The secret to having a full recreational life here is to schedule yourself to seize the opportunities when and where they arise, rather than assuming that they are going to occur within the framework of some existing seasonal paradigm.
With this in mind, I was delighted to see SciGuy's headline splashed all over the front page of the Houston Chronicle's online edition first thing this morning: today will be just about the nicest day of the year!! Finally, someone else who gets it!! Days like today are genuinely newsworthy.
My advice: take the time to enjoy the weather and the outdoor opportunities now, before the Mean Season arrives. Making an effort to do this now, when the opportunity presents itself, will help tide you over as we suffer through those hundred days of air-conditioned doom that will be upon us soon enough.
And look to the details for delight: Houston does not have sweeping vistas with mountains and forests, but on the smaller scale, beauty is still found. With that in mind, I'll leave you with a few scenes that I've recorded within the past few days of after-work outdoor neighborhood ramblings:
|Sunset over Centerpointe Drive a few days ago.|
They don't get much nicer than this.
|Gypsy broccoli satellites flowering.|
|A loropetalum flowers defiantly after having had |
most of its leaves frozen off in
the Great February Cold Snap.
|A perfect Thryallis bloom.|