Houston from the East Side

In a crowded city, it can be difficult to find a clear vantage point of the skyline from the street level. Skylines are easier to shoot if you are already up one or two stories, so you are over the trees and power lines. But one Saturday night around downtown, we were “hunting” for something interesting to shoot. I saw this viewpoint close to the new BBVA Compass Stadium.
 

This view of downtown Houston is close to the new BBVA Compass Stadium.Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Honfleur Horses

Honfleur, France is a wonderful place to stop while visiting Normandy. The picturesque port has a carousel that I bet stays busy as children of all ages take a ride on the wild side. The antique merry-go-round has a lot of character, as these two “characters”  demonstrate.

Honfleur, France was a wonderful stop on our last leg of Normandy. The picturesque port had a carousel that I bet stays busy as children of all ages take a ride on the wild side. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

A Corner in London

Everyone remembers their first time. I remember my first time to see the great  Elizabeth Tower too. It was a dreary, cloudy day, typical for London I’m told. We came up from the tube (subway) and looked up to see the tower, contrasting against House, just across the street. The old and new designs made for a striking difference. This is typical of London. You can have a block of buildings with designs that might vary a hundred years apart.

Portcullis House is an office building that opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 Members of Parliament and their staff, supplementing the limited space in the Palace of Westminster.

The view of the Elizabeth Tower across from Portcullis House is a contrast of old vs. new. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Moody Gardens Hotel

I’m not in the hotel business, but once in a while I see a hotel lobby that I think would make an interesting photo. Such was the case with the Moody Gardens Hotel on Galveston Island. The rocks, water, raised ceiling with “sky” all made for great subject. 
 

I'm not in the hotel business, but once in a while I see a hotel lobby that I think would make an interesting photo. Such was the case with the Moody Gardens Hotel on Galveston Island. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

White by the Gate

At a recent visit to the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden in Nacogdoches, I was disappointed that the azaleas were not yet in bloom. There was very little color in the garden to see, at least until we walked further in. There we found other flowers that were starting to bloom, including these large white camellias, called “White by the Gate”. This large bush (or tree) had many that made for a stunning sight. All I had to do was wait for the wind to calm down for a flower to stay in focus. The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is a great place to walk and enjoy a constant supply of greenery and beautiful flowers.

  

Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Aquarium in a Pyramid

The largest of three pyramids at Moody Gardens, the blue Aquarium Pyramid is approximately 12 stories high. The massive pools that are housed in the pyramid contain approximately 10,000 marine animals from fish, sharks, seals and penguins, representing different regions of the sea: North Pacific, South Pacific, South Atlantic and Caribbean.

The Galveston Causeway is in the distance, just to the left of the pyramid.  It carries traffic over Galveston Bay and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. 
 

The largest of three pyramids at Moody Gardens, the blue pyramid is approximately 12 stories high. The massive pools that are contained in this pyramid contain approximately 10,000 marine animals. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Restoration of the Cole Theater

Adding to yesterday’s post, the Cole Theater in Rosenberg, TX is finally getting the repairs it has waited so long for. The last time it was renovated was 1939. Though it has been sitting idle for many years, now there is new hope for a brighter future.  With great restaurants, antiques and more, this theater could be a new draw for visitors to this historic town.

Looking down from the balcony, the stage area sits atop the old orchestra pit. Still undecided, the future use of the theater may include specialty movies or even local, live theater productions.

The Cole Theater in the Historic Downtown Rosenberg, TX under renovation. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.