Random Shots Around Houston

Time for a photo “roundup”… it’s so unique to Houston to be able to have a bustling city atmosphere and then 3 minutes later see Longhorns – gotta love Houston! ūüôā¬†


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John Bernhard, International Artist, One Of His “Displaced” Collection Creations.

Meet Mr. John Bernhard…one of those few people who you meet and just instantly adore! Everything from his French/Swiss accent, to his generous laughter and easy-going manner.

The above photo shows John holding one of his “Displaced” pieces.¬†

“In this series,¬†Displaced, I wanted to bring to attention not merely the homeless case but the death of american manufacturing. The loss of the manufacturing industry manifests itself most clearly in job losses. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, fewer than ten percent of American workers are now employed in manufacturing, and as a consequence, we are now manufacturing homelessness.”

“In a collage process, I overlaid photographs of old manufacturing plants over faces of homeless men, which I photographed throughout the U.S. The final work is printed with archival Uv cured ink directly on metal sheets.” ¬†

Prairie Fire – 1980 Mr. Bernhard’s “Skindream” series was featured (as shown) in LIFE Magazine in China. ¬†He was supposed to be on the cover but was censored for nudity ūüôĀ¬†

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Green Heron and Aiming With Poo!

The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish. (Source: allaboutbirds.org)

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Cattle Egret Hanging Out At Bear Creek Pioneer’s Park – Houston, Texas

Anyone else do “Car Photography”? This is what I do now in this Summer heat!! I drive around parks or back roads and when I see a fun bird, etc. I pull over and shot from my car. ¬† Works out ok for me as my Sigma lens is rather heavy anyway and this way I can use my car window frame as a tripod and generally speaking either get to stay in my air-conditioned car or hop out for a spilt second, snap and drive on ūüôā .¬†

I’ve been trying to incorporate reflections to my shots so this was a great opportunity.

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American White Ibis (Found in Galveston State Park in Texas)

Since I was in Galveston already on Saturday, I HAD to visit Galveston State Park to see if I could find any of my Roseate Spoonbills there but no luck…however, I did see quite a few of the American White Ibis. ¬†I was shocked the first time I saw one of them as their eyes are such a beautiful, startling blue and their legs are so oddly colored too! ¬†Really everything about this bird is rather strange looking!!

There were about 4 of them up in a tree by some shallow, marsh land.

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Birding In Houston, Texas – A Hodge Podge Of Recent Birds

(Above photo:  English sparrow)

Thanks to my friends at the Amand Bayou Nature Center for helping me determine what kind of birds a lot of these are!!! They are such a lovely group of people!!! Thank you for always being willing to help!!! Birding in Texas has become somewhat of a new hobby for me so I need plenty of assistance trying to identify them all still! 

Taken at Galveston State Park, Galveston, Texas – this is a Willet (Thanks Armand Bayou Nature Center for the identification help!!) this bird is part of the Sandpiper Family or shorebirds.

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Creatures of the backyard…

I’ve begun to put up bird feeders and bird baths in my backyard to see who comes to visit me… so far, this is what I’ve captured ūüôā …

These molting Red Cardinals look so odd!

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Railroad Bridge over the Brazos River in Richmond, Texas

(Above photo: Cover/Top-Choice A)

The Brazos River, that was called Rio de los Brazos de Dios by the early Spanish settlers translates loosly to “The River of the Arms of God”. ¬†

This is longest river in Texas and 11th longest river in the US. The bridge was built in 1906, by the Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Choice B)
Two riveted Camelback Through Truss Main Span sections each 210ft long resting on concrete piers. Western approach span is a single 150ft long Pratt Through Truss fed by a 200ft timber stringe.  DimensionsLength of largest span: 210.0 ft., Total length: 770.0 ft., Deck width: 16.0 ft. (Source:  Bridgehunter.com)  (Choice C)
(Choice D)

As I have been messing around in editing and trying new looks…which bridge photo do you like best? Top/Cover A, B, C or D? If you’d care to tell me why, I’d love to hear but if not a simple A,B,C or D helps me ūüôā and thank you!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Elizabeth and Max

Newman’s Castle in Bellville, Texas as promised :)


Ok, so we got our coffee and apple fritter….next it’s was on to see Newman’s Castle!!

To see it though, you’ll need to call Newman’s Bakery at 979-865-9804 to book your tour. The day of the tour, you’ll meet up at Newman’s Bakery around 10:15 am. ¬†Why not go a little early and taste one of Newman’s Bakery donuts, danishes, Quiche, pigs in a blanket, cinnamon roles or choose from whatever grabs you from the display case and if you’re like me – a large coffee! (Remember to mention Houston Photo Journey at the Bakery and you’ll get 2 FREE Pastries with your purchase!)

Chuck Norris even filmed a Russian beer (Hoegaarden) at Newman’s Castle (See at end of post)


Who WOULDN’T want to have their very own castle?!! It’s beautiful!! Mr. Newman began building the castle in 1998. ¬†Today it’s a Bellville landmark. ¬†The moat completely surrounds Newman’s Castle and it’s believed that this is the only Castle with a moat fully encasing a castle in the USA. ¬†It’s truly a sight to behold!!!

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MLK & LBJ in San Marcos

What’s at the intersection of East Martin Luther King Drive and South Lyndon Baines Johnson Drive in San Marcos, Texas? ¬†The Crossroads Memorial Sculpture designed by Sculpturist, Aaron Hussey. ¬†Mr. Hussey won a national competition to design the sculpture. ¬†Hays County donated the land the piece sits on, The Crossroads Committee raised $7,000 for the art and The City of San Marcos $100,000. What a wonderful collaborative effort to make this intersection famous.

Interesting to learn San Marcos, Texas is the only place in the world where the two men’s streets intersect. ¬†

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