Houston Police Officer Memorial

The Houston Police Officer Memorial is a public recognition of the sacrifices made by police officers as they carry out their duties and, in particular, those who have died in the line of duty.  The central pyramid rises 12 ½ feet above ground level, and the four outer pyramids are inverted to sink 12 feet into the ground. Every pyramid base is 40 feet square.

The night we visited there, it was bathed in very bright blue lights from tall poles on the four corners. It made any kind of shot from a distance pretty difficult. I had to hide the light opposite of me behind the Memorial itself. The challenge here was balancing the brightness of the structure with the skyline of Houston in the background. The Memorial is located close to Eleanor Tinsley Park on Memorial Drive. If you’re lucky, you can get one of the only four parking spots available.

 

Houston Police Officer Memorial

Mission Concepción Doorway

As you enter to the left in the Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas, an arched doorway leads to a small room waits for worshipers to light a candle and pray. There is a sense of reverence and history as you wander through the old missions. Trying to imagine what life must have been like when they were built helps you to understand the importance of faith and prayer the early settlers must have had.

 

Mission Concepción Kneeler And Crucifix. Photo by Tim Stanley

Thomas Jefferson Rusk Building

A college campus is a very busy place during the day. But late at night (early morning actually), only the most die-hard students can be found crossing the campus, returning to their dorm or some other destination. Such was the case on this night when we visited Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. This campus has a mixture of old and new architecture that finds its way between the large pine trees of east Texas. The “Rusk Building” is named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a famous political and military leader of the Republic of Texas, a general at the Battle of San Jacinto and later a US Senator from Texas.

Sitting across from the contemporary Baker Pottillo Student Center, it still holds its own in grandeur and respect.

 

The Rusk Building is located on Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX.

Mission Concepción Pano

Mission Concepcion, in San Antonio, Texas, looks pretty much as it did in the mid-1700s. It is still in use for worship today, which makes it all that more special. Though it may not be as large or elaborate as newer churches, the feeling of holiness still prevails in this traditional setting.

 

 

Mission Concepción Pano

Chase Tower Observation Deck

Not working downtown, I rarely have an opportunity to enjoy a view of downtown from other than street level. I recently learned about the Chase Tower’s observation deck on the 60th floor, with a great view of the western side of Houston. Since it’s only open during regular business hours on weekdays, it takes a bit of an effort to visit, especially if you don’t work downtown. I made that effort recently with my daughter, who wanted to explore downtown. The weather was cloudy, with rain in the forecast for later, but our luck held. It wasn’t crowded this day and we spent a few minutes enjoying the great view. From a photographers viewpoint, the windows were dirty, which made it tricky to find a clean view to shoot through. I wonder if just after a really good rain might help, both for the windows and clear out the haze and pollution that you get in the distance.

 

 

The Chase Tower has a great observation area on the 60th floor to enjoy a view of Houston from above.

Home for Dinner

I guess this is a good thing. A die-hard, business person would look at this and see an empty office complex. They might think that business is going undone and profits are being lost. What a waste.

But others might see the late hour and the empty lot, meaning that workers were home enjoying dinner with their families. I understand that the country runs on commerce and money makes the world go round, but a happy home life translates to a happier person. Happier people mean better job performance, which leads to better productivity and higher profits.

That business person should be smiling now.

 

The late hour and the empty parking lot may mean that workers are home enjoying dinner with their families.

Torch of Friendship

The Torch of Friendship, or La Antorcha de la Amistad, was donated by the Mexican government to the people of the city of San Antonio. The sculpture, made 50 tons of red steel, stands 65 ft tall and symbolizes the two parallel cultures, languages, and nations of Mexico and the United States, rising up together, and intersecting at the top.

 

The Torch of Friendship, or La Antorcha de la Amistad, was donated by the Mexican government to the people of the city of San Antonio.