Over the past few years I have posted about several Houston parks that I walked while visiting Houston. Houston has beautiful natural space and I love walking around them, meandering, taking photos. Now, as a permanent resident, I have joined a couple walking / hiking groups locally, and after many delays, I’ve finally been able to join a couple of the long walks through our local parks. I look forward to doing more of this walking – social – exercise and sharing them with you as the seasons in Houston change.
The Houston metropolitan area is laced with waterways. We are a drainage basin for two major rivers, Brazos River to the west of Houston (i.e. Brazos Bend State Park) and to the east the Trinity makes its ways down from the Texas / Oklahoma border. These rivers are joined by many creeks, bayous, and smaller rivers as they make their way through the Houston area. Because of them we have many State and Federal Parks, and nature / bird reserves and estuaries. All of this lends itself well to nature trails and other hiking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing activities. My activity of choice is hiking. Hiking with the camera, of course.
This time of year and on this particular day, it is rainy, brown and gray, and the sky washes out to a bright white. I am sure there is a way to edit these white skies or filter them when taking the photo, but I don’t know how so you see what I saw on this day in mid December, close to the first day of winter. The colors of a pre-winter day; all fading out as winter gets here in earnest. In an attempt to get the colors in the photos to be close to the colors I saw, I used an edit special effect of applying ‘oil painting’. I was please with the results.