Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Green bird

I like this guy's style, it's very distinctive. This is across from Texas Art Supply in Montrose.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


What do you think? Do these things add to the garden or make it too "buzzy"? (Full disclosure - my mom made this)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crepe myrtles

At least something enjoys the heat.  Heat index of 106 degrees F. Whew!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Treat: Peaches!

Aren't they beautiful? One of the joys of summer: luscious, blushing, perfumed, peaches. I know it is possible to get peaches all year round, but canned peaches taste metallic and they don't have the velvet skin or the scent that makes me both ravenous and drowsy. Frozen peaches. . . well, I won't get into frozen peaches. Nothing compares to the real thing. I want to buy bags and bags of peaches and live on them until the season is over.

          From blossoms comes
          this brown paper bag of peaches
          we bought from the boy
          at the bend in the road where we turned toward
          signs painted Peaches.
                                        -  From Blossoms,  Li-Young Lee

Monday, July 11, 2011


We have chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light. - Jonathan Swift

One of the highlights of the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the Cockrell Butterfly Center.  It's not just a hall full of bugs, but a simulated rain forest with rare orchids, a waterfall, etc. It's part of the Brown Hall of Entymology which has hissing cockroaches and all kinds of neat insects.  It's a lovely experience because it's always full of flowers and butterflies, but for my money (and HMNS is not a cheap visit) the best thing is the beehive.

The bees are not actually allowed in the butterfly center, as there would be panic and small children screaming and running into the ornamental waterfall. The bees are all nicely sealed off in clear plastic so vistors can see the bees at work and nobody can possibly be stung.  But if you feel daring, go outside the building (free!) and look carefully; you can find the tube that lets the bees out into the world.
But what does the museum do with the honey?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

The final flight

Obviously, this is not my picture. I wish I had the money and vacation time to camp out at Cape Canaveral to see the launch live and take all kinds of pictues, but rent and food take priority over epic cool. I don't think there is greater "epic cool" than flying in space. What a grand thing the shuttle is: the technology, the science, the brain power behind the thing. It's astonishing.

I'm sad it's the last shuttle mission, but there will be more space vehicles in the future. Maybe Richard Branson will get his commerical space program working. Maybe some genius we've never heard of will make a technological breakthrough and make it as easy as driving to New Orleans. One thing I'm sure of: spaceflight will continue, and it's going to be epic. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My neighborhood: The Menil Collection

I have to move in the next two months, which has resulted in me thinking about things I really like about my neighborhood. One of the things I really like is that I'm only a few blocks away from The Menil Collection. A world-class art museum that is FREE!

It even has a gallery dedicated to Cy Twombly, who died this week.

The Menil is easy to miss because it blends into the neighborhood, but that's part of its charm.

See the museum? It's behind the tree. I'm going to miss this place.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It rained today

which is something we've all been hoping for.  And after the rain, the sunset.

Texas skies are always dramatic.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


The remains of July 4th. I was completely buzzed on a a beer and a half!  I'm becoming such a lightweight. :)