A version other than the clear, blue skies of Texas – a dark, threatening one …
A scene capturing the blending of architectural styles – the old and the modern in Galveston, Texas
It is only 45 miles down the Gulf Freeway from the glittery metropolis that is the new Houston to old Galveston, but it might as well be on another planet. The causeway that leads across Galveston Bay to the long narrow barrier island is like a time machine transporting the visitor into a 19th-century world of light and airy Victorian, Gothic and Greek Revival buildings and homes. Galveston Island has more surviving Victorian houses than any other old houses and historic architecture especially from the Victorian era.
The Gerald D. Hines Water Wall Park is 2.77 acres and features a 64-foot semi-circular architectural fountain that re-circulates 11,000 gallons of water per minute as it cascades down the structure’s inner and outer walls. Water cascades in vast channeled sheets from the narrower top rim of the circle to the wider base below, both on the convex side and on the rear side.
The cascading water together with stone creations when viewed from different perspectives creates captivating designs …
The Swaminarayan Temple in Houston is the first traditional Hindu temple of its kind in North America. It is a masterpiece of intricate design and workmanship, replete with its 5 towering white pinnacles, 12 smooth domes and glittering 136 marble pillars. Over 33,000 pieces of Italian marble and Turkish limestone were hand-carved by skilled craftsmen and assembled by volunteers in just 16 months. Ancient Indian arts, traditions and philosophy have been encompassed in this house of devotion and worship that is a testimony to human commitment.
Light reflecting off the tall glass buildings in Houston provide interesting images
Got an opportunity to travel from Santa Fe through the back, rural, country roads of Texas to reach Houston. Scenes like the ones above are so captivating necessitating frequent stops along the road!