Across The Street from The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston…

If you happen to be visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas then you have an added bonus…and it’s…FREE (my favorite four letter word!)!! Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen have done lots of generous things for our city and here is another one! The Sculpture Garden!  It’s not huge – maybe 1 acre I’d guess, but it’s nice to take a leisure stroll through the garden and see what’s there. The garden was designed by American. Isamu Noguchi, who was a famous artist himself.  He was a famous sculptor, furniture maker, lamp designer and landscape architect. (Noguchi sounds like he did it ALL…well, sorta like eh um a Mom! Yes, I’m in a silly mood)

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Adam – (1889) is a bronze piece by  Emile-Antoine Bourdelle
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Spirit of Eternal Repose – (Modeled 1898-99 and Cast 1982) by French Artist Auguste Rodin
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Two Circle Sentinel – (1961) by David Smith (stainless steel)
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The Pilgrim – (1939) a bronze piece by Marino Marini
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New Forms (1991-92) is a bronze by Tony Cragg
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Decanter – (1987) by Frank Stella (This is my personal favorite)
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Flora, Nude  – (1910 – Cast 1960-65) by Aristide Maillol
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The Large Horse – (1914) by Raymond Duchamp-Villon (I really like this piece a lot too!)

Enjoy a moment of tranquility!

Thanks for visiting and if you have any places in/near Houston you’d like me to visit, just let me know in the comment section below!

Elizabeth and Max (The Dog Artist) 🙂

 

 

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Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Grand Opening!

Saturday, April 1, 2017 was the Grand Opening of The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77070.  It’s an 80 acre park with approximately 40 of the acres being Marshall Lake.  There is a nice, wide, paved 1.7 mile trail that surrounds the lake along with beautiful trees. Various members of Harris County Precinct 4 worked diligently with the help of Prestonwood Forest Utility District and the generous land donation by Vincent Kickerillo and Kickerillo Companies and Walt Mischer, Jr., Mischer Investments. Harri County Commissioner of Precinct 4, Mr. Jack Cagle was instrumental in getting this project completed along with Dennis Johnston, Harris County Precint 4 Parks Administrator, Jim Robertson and so many more that were mentioned at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that I couldn’t remember everyone – but thanks to all!!!

I had never been to a Preserve or Park’s Grand Opening so I decided this would be a first! So happy I went! There were free Pontoon Boat rides around the lake, free canoe rides, Multiple passenger Golf Cart rides around the 1.7 mile trail, cookies, sodas, water, food trucks, scavenger hunts and booths illustrating more about our parks, etc.  I was fortunate enough to ride the second Pontoon boat I believe and had a super nice guide telling us more about the park and future plans including its’ eventual connection to the 100 Acre Wood Preserve.  He said an alligator, bald eagle, beaver and lots of birds have already been spotted.  I believe he was also a part of “Trails as Parks” which I plan to further explore as apparently if you can gather a group of 10 or more you are really able to capitalize on their services such as the pontoon boat ride, etc.

Anyway, had a blast – here’s the photos!

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Marshall Lake and the Pontoon boat (waiting for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to begin).
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Food truck were ready for the celebration.
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Here’s the layout of the new park
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The Scouts presented our flags to kick off the Grand Opening
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Plenty of folks showed up for the Grand Opening
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Dennis Johnston, Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Administrator – you could see his passion towards this project and dedication.
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R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner showing off the Park’s new patches designating the Park stripe. I will say Mr. Cagle was quite the entertaining presenter.
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Walt Mischner, Jr. and R. Jack Cagle
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Vincent Kickerillo, who was pretty darn funny and R. Jack Cagle
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Kevin Roberts, State Representative for House District 126 and his pretty wife, Hollie.  He and his wife seemed like very nice people.
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Let’s cut that ribbon and officially open this Preserve!
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Marshall Lake – taken while on the 1.7 mile track tour

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I’m ready to ride!
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Here we go!
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I feel awful that I neglicted to get this nice gentleman’s name, but he was a wonderful guide! You can tell how much he loves his job too!! Nice to hear that!!
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Booths set up to schedule the Pontoon rides, Golf Cart Trail Tours and more activities.  All of the booth folks were extremely nice and helpful!
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Lots of people opted to try canoeing and these two gentlemen were VERY patient and sweet helping everyone get in without tumbling over 🙂

Thanks to everyone for the Grand Opening but more importantly, another great park and Preserve!

Until next time…thanks for visiting!!

Elizabeth and Max (he said it was too hot out for him to tag along-he’s such a spoiled little pup! 🙂 )

YouTube by Spring Aerial Photography

 

4th Annual Houston Kite Festival – 2017 Fun at Hermann Park!

Sunday, March 26th I headed out to Houston’s 4th Annual Kite Festival.  I had previously thought…a kite festival? fun? maybe? Until I went the first time!! What a blast to see all the people and their families having good, old fashion fun and enjoying the outdoors!! Everyone truly seemed to be having a great time! Tons of brightly colored kites all around you and both little ones and big kids (like me), zipping around with their kites (hopefully) airborne, great, local entertainment, cowboys and butterfly people on stilts walking around, food trucks, vendor booths, crafts for the kids, dancing contests, you name it!

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Jones Reflecting Pool
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Food trucks in case you didn’t pack a picnic
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Fun, human flowers 🙂
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Race your boat
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This pup was even in on the action!
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That smile was huge!
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The triangular building is the Miller Outdoor Theatre
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Ready for take off!
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Fun!
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Don’t miss out next year!
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Texas Southern University rocked!
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Sorry about the yucky quality of the photo, but I wanted to still show all of the band 🙂
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These ladies were so kind in allowing me to take their photo!!
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The juggling cowboy on stilts was a big hit!
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I love Kite Day!

Thank you for visiting and sharing in the fun!

Elizabeth and her cutest pup in the world…Max!!!

Tree Spirit Carvings in St. Simons Island

I thought I’d reach back into an old road trip album to show your these cool “Tree Spirit” carvings by sculpture, Keith Jennings.  Jennings started with a tree in his backyard in 1982 and then was later commissioned to do his interesting and wonderful carving works in St. Simons Island which is right of the coast of Georgia.  Each tree carving took 2-4 days. This is their locations. Here is the Facebook link.

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It was like being in a fairy tale forest!
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It was so fun to search and then finally find a new one!
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This is my favorite!

Hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment and thanks for visiting!!

Elizabeth

Houston Holi Festival – Labeled as “The Biggest Holi Festival in The USA”

Saturday, I went to the Houston Holi Festival.  Several of my blogger friends have mentioned “Happy Holi” so I wanted to share in the experience!  The festival was a blast! People throw or rub colored powder on one another as a token of love, togetherness, forgiveness and restoration of relationships of all kinds. From what I have researched, the idea behind this is that in color we are all one and the same…no, skin color, economical, religious, etc. separates us.  I like that! Plus it was just super fun to see all those colors all over everyone and people just having fun like children!  There was also a ton of vendor booths with Indian foods, merchandise and lots of great entertainment!! The crowd was all smiles and fun!! The Bollywood performances were really a hit too!!

Holi is derived from the word “hola” the meaning of which is to offer prayers to the gods for good harvest.

Color symbolization that I’ve found so far are: Green:  Nature, Blue:  Life and Power, Yellow:  Healing and Holiness, Red:  Opulence, Fertility, White:  Purity and Serenity.

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Ticket to fun!
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What am I in for???
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She was having TOOOO much fun!!!
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Didn’t see unhappy ANYWHERE! 🙂
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My camera backpack may NEVER be the same 🙂
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Such a blast!!
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The crowd was thrilled with the performances!
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These young ladies were EXCELLENT entertainers!!
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Not a clean face in sight!!
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He must not have been there long because I can still see his white shirt!
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There energy and happy faces made everyone happy and dancing!
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LOVED them!
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This lady was cracking me up – she was really in the spirit!!
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What a beautiful mess! I LOVE Holi Day!
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His face says it all!!! FUN!!!
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Two of the beautiful dancers
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Hope he has a change of clothes or towel in the car!!!
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I love seeing all the colors of happiness!
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How could you NOT want to take this family’s photo??!!!
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Break time!
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Look – it’s Rainbow Brite!!!
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A MUST do at least ONCE in your lifetime!!!
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I’d rather play in the colors!
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Such a great time!!
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The energy of this whole festival was so fun and carefree!!
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When’s the last time YOU did something this crazy fun??

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Please let me know if I got anything wrong as this was a first for me :).

Thanks for visiting and your comments!

Elizabeth

Lake Livingston State Park – Livingston, Texas

Today we visit Lake Livingston State Park in Livingston, Texas. Why??? Truth???

…because my awesome daughter and new, wonderful son-in-law gave me a Texas State Park Pass so it’s free for 1 year for me to visit all the Texas State Parks! 🙂 Go me – I LOVE my gift!!! Lots of the parks are close enough for me to do a day trip but camping is on soon!!

If you’ve been following me, you now know that nearby is the Naskila Gaming (slot casino) and Johnson’s Rock Shop if you wanted to do a few other things close by while visiting Lake Livingston 🙂  – I wanted to visit Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, which is also close by but couldn’t cram it all in one day.

Enjoy some good ole fishing and relax in Lake Livingston State Park

Enjoy some good ole fishing and relax!

Or go canoeing on Lake Livingston in Livingston Texas
Or go canoeing on Lake Livingston
Pack a picnic or go camping there in Lake Livingston State Park
Pack a picnic or go camping there!
Looks relaxing huh? :)
Looks relaxing huh? 🙂
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I need to be retired and rich and travel all the parks in the US!

 

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Ok, nap time now!!

Note:  (taken from Lake Livingston State Park’s Facebook):

Lake Livingston State Park is hosting a special Birds of Prey program March 26.

A falconer will showcase hawks, falcons and eagles and demonstrate how these ‘masters of the sky’ spot and catch their prey.

Details on the Events tab at http://bit.ly/LakeLivingstonSP

Please let me know if any of you have other suggestions and I’ll try to add them to my list of places to visit 🙂 

Enjoy! And thanks for visiting and your comments and feedback!!!

Max and his human companion…Elizabeth

Alligators-Too Close for Comfort?! Am I a TOTAL Idiot?!? (Anything for a photo!) Brazos Bend Park (photo overload)

What’s a girl to do when she sees a gator a mere 2 feet from her?? Yep, take a photo (sssh…don’t tell my children as they were mad at me last time I did this :)). That said, I was pretty much shocked as later in the day, I saw a grandfather position his 7 (ish) year old granddaughter about the same distance as I was earlier in the day with her back to the gator for a photo! Guess I felt it was one thing for me-an adult to have “risky behavior” but not a kid!!! Luckily, Grandma came trudging along and well, Grandpa should feel fortunate HE’s still alive – if looks could kill, well…Grandma was NOT happy about the “photo shoot”!

Anyway, the day at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX was slightly humid and sky’s kept looking like rain all day but I only got drizzle a time or two. Sorry, the photos reflect the yucky but fun day. Now it’s time to soak my feet!!! I’m exhausted!!

P.S.  This park also has the George Observatory – it’s pretty incredible to see the moon from there on a clear night!!! (And I’m not even all that “into” that but it REALLY is cool!!)

P.P.S. If you have little ones and want to see other things nearby, the George Ranch Historical Park is very close by!

Trivia:  Alligator eggs become male or female based on temperature, you’ll have a female in colder weather and male in warmer weather.

Alligators like to stay in groups call congregations.

Alligators can’t internally control their temperatures so they bathe in the sun to increase their temps.

As long as there’s an incline, they can climb! Better start looking in trees!

Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my "risky" photo) at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas
Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my “risky” photo).
They aren't kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
They aren’t kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas - NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas – NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!! Notice this hole in his nose area…weird..they don’t have septums so their nostrils are perforate! I also learned if they feel threatened they vomit their stomach acids…ok, looks gross, is gross!
After getting lost (and NO I won't admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break!
After getting lost on the trails (and NO I won’t admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break! Seems Boy Scouts have donated a vast majority of the benches throughout the trails and parks – nice 🙂
Why can't the water look less like Galveston, Texas' beaches! Gross!
Why can’t the water look less like Galveston, Texas’ beaches! Gross! (But just “keeping it real” 🙂
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don't get lost like me!
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don’t get lost like me!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Bad photo but thought it was funny :)
Bad photo but thought it was funny 🙂 These ducks eyes are creepy red!!
See those red eyes - dude...Visine!!!
See those red eyes – dude…Visine or Clear Eyes!!! This is an American Coot.
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!!
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!! This is a Black Vulture who thank God didn’t poo on me!
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds.
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away - they're huge!
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away – they’re huge!
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
One big old Gator!!
One big old Gator!!

 

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This, come to find out this morning is an immature White Ibis! Found a super cool app – Merlin Bird ID and it showed me immediately – yea!!!

 

This one was a real show off
This one was a real show off (I think this is a Black Bellied Whistling Duck)
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Screened shelters at Brazos Bend State Park
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
You really can't be bored here!
You really can’t be bored here!
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Nature Center
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Happy Trails!!!

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Thanks for visiting!

Elizabeth and Max

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I told Ma she can’t post ALL these photos without one of ME!!!