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 🙂 . 

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

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Bridgeland’s Farmers Market – 2nd Sunday Of Each Month (Rain or Shine!) 10% Discount Offers Inside! :)

Photo Above:  Balakrishna, Vemuru, Sushma, Murali and Ramadu with Gage Lydahl of Atkinson Farms

I had no idea there was a Farmer’s Market near me until I received an email from Ms. Leah Stapleton of the SPR Agency telling me about it.  Why not check it out 🙂 .  I try not to shop/buy while getting posts ready, but I confess to leaving with 2 buckets of yummy tomatoes from Atkinson Farms 🙂 – yum!

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Tim and Mary King – The Royalty of BBQ Sauce at King of the Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce

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Matthew Brantley of BZ Honey

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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! 🙂 )

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