Random Houston Pix – Ya Never Know!

Here are just some random shots from sites around Houston and nearby – enjoy! Feel free to ask any question about any of the shots 🙂

Question:  What city/place in at the top of your bucket list to visit and why?

Downtown Houston
Downtown Houston

Lots of these sites around

Lots of these sites around

Houston Sunset
Houston Sunset

Houston Graffiti

Houston Graffiti

Houston Metro Line

Downtown Houston Metro Line

Oil Pump

Oil Pump

Pretty Red Barn
Pretty Red Barn

Houston Protesters

Houston Protesters

Going Up!

Going Up!

Showing our Texas Pride
Showing our Texas Pride

Cute Fire Station and statue in front of it

Heritage Presbyterian Church in Houston, Tx (Historical) at 7934 HIGHWAY 6 NORTH 77095 Houston
Heritage Presbyterian Church in Houston, Tx (Historical)                                                               7934 HIGHWAY 6 NORTH 77095 Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Max – My best Valentine!

Max has been a little peeved that he hasn’t had a post yet so this one’s for you Max 🙂

Max is my perfect pup! He’s my “Heart Dog” and best buddy! He has gone through a lot in his life, escaping death, etc. and I thank God for him surviving through it all every day and finding his way into my life!! I couldn’t find a more perfect and wonderful friend!!

Happy Valentine’s Day Max!!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Don't you think this is a good perfume ad photo? Or maybe I should sit beside Matthew McConaughey in one of his car commercials?!
Don’t you think this is a good perfume ad photo? Or maybe I should sit beside Matthew McConaughey in one of his car commercials?!
Max of Houston Photo Journey
“Serenity Now!”
Max of Houston Photo Journey
I’m bored…let’s go to the Dog Park Ma!!
Max The Best Pup In The World
Not too sure about this Ma but give me a treat and snap that box you drag around and let’s bust a move to the Dog Park!

Let's Go Houston Rockets!

Goooo Rockets!

Max of Houston Photo Journey
Do I hear treats being opened??
Cute Max The Best Pup In The World
I’m ready for my close up
Max of Houston Photo Journey
Really Ma?! This is embarrassing!
Max of Houston Photo Journey
I need coffee like Ma gets!!!

Compassion International-Interactive Journey “The Compassion Experience”

Houston on The Cheap, (an awesome site), had listed the ‘Experience the Compassion Experience” as one of their things to try on Sunday so I thought…why not give it a whirl and there is no charge.  By the way, Houston on The Cheap is a wonderful resource to find things to do each weekend!!

The Compassion Experience is an interactive experience about children’s lives in developing countries like The Dominican Republic, Philippines, Uganda, and Kenya. It was interesting and not all depressing like I thought it may be. There were three stories (tours), you could take.  I chose Uganda. You were free to finish that story and see the other remaining stories, but I was already running late to another committment so I just tried the Uganda story. Upon your journey’s end there are opportunities to sponsor children but I experienced absolutely zero pressure, etc. to do so at all.

Am I happy I attended? Yes.

Note:  I have not researched the Compassion International organization as of this post to provide more details yet, but the little I did see is promising and encouraging. I also, did not want to overpost photos and spoil the experience for you 🙂

Thank You:  Thanks to The Church Without Walls, 5725 Queenston Blvd., Houston, TX for hosting the event and going WAY ABOVE and beyond to make me feel VERY welcome!!!

Advice:  Register!!!! You can “just show up”, but you will wait in line.  If you preregister as I did, you stand in a separate line and I experienced zero waiting –  so definitely worth registering in advance!! While all the information I read does say this is “Family Friendly”, it does address some issues that an overly sensitive, young child, (in my personal opinion), may be upset about or later ask you question about that you may not be ready yet to discuss such as HIV, although each have happy conclusions.  I would have brought my young children, but just giving you a heads up as every parent/child, etc. is different.

Thanks for visiting Max and his Human’s Blog! Have a beautiful day!

The Compassion Experience - Uganda
The Compassion Experience – Uganda
The Compassion Experience - Uganda
The Compassion Experience – Uganda
The Compassion Experience - Uganda
The Compassion Experience – Uganda

Houston Funeral Museum

Let’s be a little weird today…just a part of life, but the visit to the Houston Funeral Museum was interesting. It might seem at first to be a bit morbid but it’s quite historical and educational, and you might be surprised what you find and learn there!

Advice:  BEFORE you pay your (currently $10 Adult/$9 Seniors & Veteran’s, etc.) go to the entrance lobby and look for their 1 page pamphlet and on the back is a buy 1 get 1 1/2 off coupon valid until March 31, 2017

As always, Max and his Human thank you for being a part of our world 🙂

Replica of the 1966 Batmobile done by "The King of The Kustomizers" George Barris
Replica of the 1966 Batmobile done by “The King of The Kustomizers” George Barris
Old embalming history
Old embalming history
Respectful display of pope exhibit
Respectful display of pope exhibit
Oldtime hearst
old-time hearse

Houston Zoo

See what the Houston Zoo has to offer!

The Houston Zoo is always a fun place to visit.  Want a full day of activities since you’re already in the Zoo area? We’ll get to that soon in an upcoming post titled “Near The Zoo To Do”. But if you can’t wait for that post, here are some ideas and links…Near the Zoo, there are tons of things to do!!! Leave your car parked at the zoo and check out the Japanese Gardens both are in Hermann Park but the Gardens are now free to visit.  It’s a very zen like vibe and kept in pristine condition.  You’ll see plenty of wedding photographers here throughout the year too as it is indeed beautiful! You’ll also see the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflecting Pool , which is 80′ wide and 740′ long with live oak trees on both sides, on your way from the Zoo to the Japanese Gardens.  The Hermann Park Golf Course which was built in  1922, is across from the zoo but I don’t golf so can’t help you on that one! McGovern Lake is right next to the zoo and there you will see water fountains and most days there are paddle boats available to rent, bikes are available close by to rent too.  Of course there is the Buddy Carruth Playground For All Children (most items are handicap accessible). Miller Outdoor Theatre , built around 1922 is a real gem! There are numerous free plays, concerts, etc. throughout the year held here.  Tickets are released the same day as the performance to sit in the actual 1705 covered seats and 20 wheelchair spots.  Most people tend to sit on the raised lawn though that can support about 4,500 more people.  I have personally seen some fabulous performances there…operas, plays, musicals – there is always something fun! Footloose is coming in March of 2017 – yea! The Houston Garden Center is in the same park.  The Houston Museum of Natural Science is nearby too with constantly changing and interesting exhibits along with their Cockrell Butterfly Center and IMAX Theatre which has been upgraded now to a 4k digital with advanced 3D.  Across the street you will see a large, bronze sculpture of General Sam Houston on his horse named Saracen where he has sat since 1925.  If you pretend to be Sam Houston and look the direction he is looking, you’ll also see Mecom Fountains, donated to our city in 1964 by John and Mary Mecom (he was in the oil industry). So pack up a picnic and enjoy your busy day!!!

Note:  I just put the zoo link up rather than the cost, hours, etc. as it changes periodically but check it out for discounts and FREE days to visit, current !!

Advice:  Get there early so you can grab a parking spot easily-they fill up fast! Save money and bring your own cooler of drinks and food but no booze, glass bottles or straws allowed and no smoking inside the zoo.  You can download a zoo map to plot out your adventure here. Oh, and don’t forget your camera and comfy shoes!!!

Sea Lion Houston Zoo
Sea Lion Houston Zoo
Max’s Ma wishes she could join me in the pool! Females are the winners in Sea Lion longevity as they can live 30 years whereas Males…around 18. 

Shoebill Stork at Houston Zoo
Shoebill Stork at Houston Zoo
Houston is lucky to have these beauties (ha..beauty IS in the eye of the beholder right?!) only 4 other USA zoo’s currently have these creatures called Shoebill Storks

African Lion at Houston Zoo
African Lion at Houston Zoo
African Lion at Houston Zoo. Female Lions are the Pride’s (group’s) main hunters.
Bald Eagle at Houston Zoo

A Bald Eagle can spot a bunny from about 3 miles away! Their wing span is 6-7 1/2 feet

Houston Zoo Train
             Houston Zoo Train – The kiddos will love it – heck, I still love it!
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Loveable giant!
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Just a big kitty!
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Aren’t I pretty!!
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Come on ride the train it’s a choo choo train
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Cute little orange fellows
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Just waiting for some kids to leave me some treats!
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Nap time!
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It’s so hot I wanted to join them!
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Caw caw!!
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Just soaking up the sun!
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These are scattered by the train entrance
Orangutan at Houston Zoo
         How can you resist my face? Orangutan means “Man of The Forest”

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Enjoy bird watching? Go to Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary and get your Zen on!

Off Memorial Drive, you will discover one of Houston’s hidden gems –   The Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary an 18 acre sanctuary with a 1932 log cabin (but I’ll allow you to discover more of the history when you’re visiting-can’t ruin all the surprise effects for ya!) . If you need to escape from your fast paced life but don’t have time to go anywhere…try this enjoying nature in this little slice of paradise.   Check the link for open/close times but generally 7am-7pm via automatic locking gate.  This is a popular place for birding folks and people looking for a peaceful walk.  If you need some tranquility in your life along with some pretty birds and rabbits grab your car keys and head out. Oh and did I mention ….it’s FREE 🙂 entertainment!

Note:  Parking is actually in the church parking lot of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (look for the chain link fence and gate – it will be obvious-see below photo) at 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079

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Advice:  Bring your camera, bug spray, comfy shoes and I’d suggest whatever the weather says, plan on it being at least 5-10 degrees hotter while in the sanctuary.  It can get pretty hot and humid towards to warmer months. Also, morning is best for you bird watchers.Oh, here is a pdf map you can print of the trails. Enjoy!!!

Max gives this place 2 paws up and says thanks for visiting Houston Photo Journey!

Northern Cardinal Bird
Northern Cardinal Bird (1/800 sec – ISO 400 – F 6.3)
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal (1/800 sec – ISO 800 – F6.3)
Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (1/800 sec – F6.3 – ISO 800)
Northern Cardinall
Northern Cardinal – (My good luck bird 🙂 ) (1/800 sec – F6.3 – ISO 800)
Squirrel
Squirrel
Robin bird
Robin Bird (1/800 sec – F6.3 – ISO 800)
Bunny
Bunny (does anyone know what kind this is??)

Found some 2015 Photos Shown Below:

2015 Hairy Woodpecker (sorry so blurry!)
2015 Hairy Woodpecker (sorry so blurry!)
Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Taken in 2015)
Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Taken in 2015)

Hermann Park – Kite Festival

Be a kid again at the Hermann Park Kite Festival

The past three years Hermann Park has had a Kite Festival on the hill by Miller Outdoor Theatre, I missed it last year, so these photos are from the previous year.  This year the Kite Festival is Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Note:  You might think (like I did), that a kite festival sounds kind of boring…just nothing that me and my adult daughter would enjoy.  Wrong!! We had an absolute blast playing like kids ourselves and watching everyone else act like children and enjoying every second of it!! Seeing the enormous smiles on the kids faces and vast array of different kites in the air was fun too!

Advice:  Don’t just stay by the hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre flying your kite the entire time! Walk around by the reflection pool, check out the vendor booths, enjoy the music, watch the kids do a dance off, see the butterfly ladies on stilts – enjoy the outdoors and chilled crowds.   Bring a small blanket in maybe a backpack along with some water bottles, bug spray, snacks for your kiddos and definitely your camera!!! Go be a kid again!!!