Houston Daily Photo

Howdy Ya'll! Everyday we will post a random picture from the great city of Houston, Texas. Come...See...Experience Houston! If there is anything we can do for you...snap a picture, send a postcard, swap links...just let us know!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Construction, Construction!

No matter where you turn here in Houston, there is construction. I guess "they" figure it is important to keep up with the times...keeping everything updated is essential "they" think. I believe there is both good and bad in wanting to "update" things. Sometimes we lose our history when things change so rapidly...we lose our city's character. On the other hand, there is no sense in keeping an abandoned, run down, building smack dab in the middle of the city either!

I did a bit of research to see what they are working on here in this picture and as far as I can tell it will be the:

Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral
Jefferson, Fannin, St. Joseph Parkway and San Jacinto Street. Catholic Church to build
cathedral on full city block. Romanesque style building with 12-story bell tower.
Sanctuary will seat 1,820. Developer: Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Completion: late
2007 $32 million.
Pre-Construction: Construction to begin 2005 or later.

(For the complete list of all downtown construction since 1995, click here.)

*Honestly, we Houstonians get so used to construction around here you almost don't even notice it. When you do a blog like this you really get a chance to step back and look at your city from a "visitor's" perspective. For that I am thankful!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The HOV Lane as the Sun Goes Down

Here is another great view of downtown. This is getting onto I-45 heading north from Beltway 8. For those of you who are visual learners, Beltway 8 is a tollroad that makes a huge circle around the city and I-45 runs straight through it.

That one roadway you see elevated in the middle of the freeway towards the center of the picture is what we call the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) Lane. I take the HOV lane everyday to and from work, and it does save alot of time.

(If you are too lazy to read about the HOV lane, here is the jist of it:
"HOV lanes move morning rush-hour traffic inbound toward Downtown, Monday-Friday, 5-11 a.m. During afternoon and evening rush hours, 2-8 p.m., the HOV lanes reverse, moving traffic outbound away from Downtown. There are two exceptions which allow traffic to travel both inbound and outbound.")

The whole idea of the HOV lane, and the system itself is truly incredible!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Alice in Wonderland?

I love this garden picture I took. It reminds me of the queen's garden on Alice in Wonderland. I think the bushes look fun!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, August 28, 2006

Self Portraits

Outside of the library on campus they have several self portraits on display. I enjoy looking at them all and trying to understand what the artist is portraying. What do you think about the first one on the right...or what about the third one on the right?

See you tomorrow...Candice.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

My Favorite View of Downtown

This is another shot of downtown...I love this view. This is on the north side of town looking south towards I-10. My favorite building is the pointy brown one towards the middle that looks like steps. I think it is unique and it really stands out.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend...Candice.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Man of the House!

This is Elvis, the man of the house. (I haven't left the house today so today's pic is a wild card!) Last summer we converted our garage into a game room with a ping pong table and other fun things...and today we are organizing and straightening it up. Elvis was extremely helpful!

See you tomorrow,

Friday, August 25, 2006

Student Services Building

This is the Student Services Building at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, the newest building on campus. I took this picture yesterday after my Marketing class. This is a slow part of the day...most of the students at UHCL are night students...which makes for a more professional atmosphere.

Happy Friday,

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Here is the sign for the Fox 26 News building. I work right next door, so I can see this sign from my office window. What do you think that red pole thing is?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Tower

I work right by Fox 26 News here in Houston, and this is their tower. I thought this was a pretty cool shot. It was raining and hazy that day...just like it was today.

See you tomorrow,

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Total Relaxation...

I posted this picture today because I need total relaxation...I think this is it, don't you? I took this close to Bayou Bend, and I think it is amazing that you can find places like this in Houston. Unfortunately, It is rare to see so many trees here.

Have a relaxing Tuesday,


Monday, August 21, 2006

Deer on Campus

This picture is not the greatest (none of mine ever are) but these are the fawn on Campus. I was leaving class one day and someone was stopped on the road, so I looked to see what they were looking at. I looked closely and saw these two babies grazing and playing. The mother had just crossed the street and let the babies lolligag behind. We have several animals on campus...which is rare in Houston. It is very refreshing.

I start up classes for the Fall Semester today...I hope I see more deer!


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sonny Carter Training Facility

I drive by the Sonny Carter Training Facility on my way to class everday. Of course it is obvious that this is where the Astronauts "train"...but did you know that inside this building is a Neutral Bouyancy Lab? Certain scenes from Space Cowboys and Armageddon were actually shot here...Read this article to learn more! (These pics are great as well.) When you get a chance check these out.

Hope you had a great weekend...Candice.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Actually, it's our own Water Wall in downtown Houston. See how tall it is? On the left it's my friend, Nikita, my other friend, Samantha, and my other friend, Kristen. It was Samantha's birthday and she got a limo that we could ride all around in, downtown.
Well, Have a Wonderful day! (Ha! you thought I was going to say waterfall again. Didn't you?)
-Megan :)

Friday, August 18, 2006


Bonjour! Ca VA?(Hello! How are you?) Since we took you to London,(wink,wink)we thought we should take you to Parie! This was at the Westside Tennis Club in Houston & they had this Eiffel Tower replica. I thought I should take a picture of my sister, Candice, and her boyfriend, Luis, since my sister loves Paris! She went her senior year in high school. Mattress Mac sent her with a few other people. She won one of his contests by writing an essay about why she wanted to go. He likes tennis so they went to see the Davis Cup.
Au Revoir!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Telephone Booth

If you need to make a phone call when you're at the Black Labrador, just step outside and make your call in this London-style phone booth. This is one of the greatest things about the Upper Kirby area I think. You are completely transported to the UK when you see a red phone booth like this!

I guess the question would be, what happened to your cell phone? ; - )

Enjoy your day,


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Guards

As you walk into the restaurant to be seated, a "guard" greets you. This is a great scene...I love the way they have decorated this little corner. If you notice there is a black labrador with a red collar tied to the bench. Welcome to the Black Labrador!



Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Chess Anyone?

This is the huge chess set outside at the Black Labrador. I took this picture because I thought it looked really fun. At the Black Lab you can sit inside or outside. This day we sat outside, but we weren't able to play chess because it was already occupied. We will have to play it next time.

See you tomorrow...Candice.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Let's Go to London!

There is a great authentic British Pub here in Houston called the Black Labrador. It is in the Upper Kirby area off Montrose. This is my favorite British place in town. I went to the UK the summer of 2003 and I loved it! I miss it and the Black Labrador is a great way to bring back those memories.

They have great English Specialties such as Fish & Chips, Beef Wellington, Shepherd's Pie, Ploughman's Lunch, etc. For the next few days, I will share some pictures from the Black Labrador that I think you will enjoy. See you tomorrow.


Sunday, August 13, 2006


I decided to post Lakewood today, because we are watching Pastor Joel Osteen preach on the telly now. He is the pastor of Lakewood Church, reportedly the largest church in the country. It is about two minutes from my work. Every once in a while the cameraman will pull out and scan the crowd, and it is amazing to see how many people go to Lakewood.

(This building was actually The Summit, or the Compaq Center, former home of the Houston Rockets. This is where they won the 1994 Championship.)

Have a great day,

Saturday, August 12, 2006


I took this picture because it looks just so relaxing. Don't you think? This statue, called Broken Obelisk by Barnett Newman, is located in the Museum District once again in the Menil Collection. The water was perfectly still...there was no noise...and the sun was starting to set. I just stood there and watched for a few minutes enjoying the scene. I really like the bamboo plants surrounding it also.

Have a Relaxing Day...


Friday, August 11, 2006

Happy Friday!

These "children" are on a winding trail at Bayou Bend that leads from the front of the house toward Buffalo Bayou in the back of the house. It is hard to see, but the children are playing musical instruments into a tiny pond. I took this picture because it reminds me of what Bayou Bend might have been like when Ms. Hogg was there. I guess it's...just the fact that she picked those specifically for that little spot on the trail.

Have a great Friday,


Thursday, August 10, 2006

It's That Time Again!

This painting is on the side of an after school recreational facility in my neighborhood. Today several Houston kids are heading back to school! Megan is actually in the process of getting ready now. I think next year they have decided not to start school until after Labor Day in September...that will be nice.

Have a great day at school, Megan!
Have a great day, everyone!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lovely Sunset for a Lovely Day!

Today has been incredible! I posted this picture today because I love sunsets, and today has been just as lovely. I think my favorite part about a sunset is that they are never the same... they are each as different as the day they follow.

See you tomorrow...Candice.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Hello everyone! This is Megan! These are my sister(Candice's)flowers that her boyfriend got her one day. We are having to use older pictures that I took because my camera is in the shop getting fixed because of an unfortunate accident. Two actually. I didn't cause the accidents though, just know that. Well have a great day! God bless!!

*Ahhh, today my bf and I have been dating for a year! (That is why we posted the lilies today.) He is the greatest! Good night!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Ms. Ima's Backyard

Saturday I showed you Ms. Ima Hogg's house, and today I thought I would show you her backyard. This is the Diana Garden, named because the statue in the back is that of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt. Have a great day.


Sunday, August 06, 2006

My Church This Morning

I took this picture this morning right after church let out. Everybody is always in a rush to get to lunch, but the Narthex, or foyer, is rather crowded so it slows everyone down. We had Chinese food for lunch today, I went and got my nails done, and I did a little shopping. It has been a relaxing Sunday.

Have a good night,

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Bayou Bend

Today my boyfriend, one of our friends, and I went and toured The Hogg Mansion (or Bayou Bend). It is a beautiful place in the River Oaks area of Houston. This is actually the back of the house, which overlooks a beautiful fountain and a great statue of Diana the "Goddess of the Hunt." (I will show you these in the next few days.)

Bayou Bend was the home of Ms. Ima Hogg, daughter of Texas Governor, James Stephen Hogg. Ms. Ima donated her beautiful home to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1957. The museum has done a great job of maintaining the home and it's originality.

I've had a great day...I hope you have too,

Friday, August 04, 2006

It's Friday!!

Friday is my absolute favorite day of the week! I love Fridays! Shopping is also a favorite of mine. These mannequins are located on what is known as Westheimer Curve advertising a cute boutique across from the Buffalo Exchange. The shops on Westheimer are all about bargains, trading, and saving. It's a fun and funky shopping experience.

Happy Friday,

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Star of Kirby!

Only in Texas could you find a stainless steel armadillo! The shiny roadkill is located on Kirby, one of the busiest streets in Houston, advertising Goode's Armadillo Palace. Here they have live music, great food, pool tables, domino playing, a gift shop, shuffleboard, a whisky bar...anything and everything associated with Texas.


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Drury Inn Chandelier

Good morning! This chandelier is inside a hotel called Drury Inn off Interstate 45 close to Hobby Airport. When I drive home from the city I can see it, and at night it is stunning.

I had never actually seen the chandelier upclose...Now that I think about it, I have never even been inside the hotel except to take this picture. I've seen it a million times, but only now have I actually seen it.

Actually see something for the first time today...


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Cross

This statue, entitled Bygones, is in the Museum District here in Houston. It is outside the Menil Collection close to Rothko Chapel and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. (The Byzantine...
Museum's history is fascinating. Check it out if you have time.) From this view, I liked the split tree in front of the fallen "tree." Have a wonderful day!