I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
A Tucked-Away Treasure!
I would venture a guess that Maxwell Park in Cypress, Texas, is a hidden secret to most people. But those who live nearby or who set out to find off-the-beaten-path treasures can enjoy it. The park is only 13.9 acres, with a trail length of 0.37 miles. The address is 12622 Maxwell Road, Cypress, Texas 77429.
A tree farm is across the street from it. The majority of the built-up residential houses on Maxwell Road are high to keep from potential flooding by the adjacent and nearby Cypress Creek. That creek also runs alongside this charming little park.
“You can neither lie to a neighbourhood park, nor reason with it. 'Artist's conceptions' and persuasive renderings can put pictures of life into proposed neighbourhood parks or park malls, and verbal rationalizations can conjure up users who ought to appreciate them, but in real life only diverse surroundings have the practical power of inducing a natural, continuing flow of life and use.”
— Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Picnicking, Dog Walking, and Fishing
Parking spaces are in the central portion of the park with smooth and wide-paved paths plus picnic tables on either side of the parking lot. Water is available, but no restrooms are on-site, so keep that in mind if you decide to visit, walk, fish or picnic here.
Some people were walking their dogs, and one couple was enjoying a picnic lunch. Perhaps it was that couple's chairs set up overlooking Cypress Creek. The blue chairs made an excellent focal point for one of my photos.
There was no one fishing at the time of our visit. Sandy banks allow access to Cypress Creek, and I spotted some large dog prints in the sand. I can imagine the merry time the dog had in sniffing the fragrant air and aromas from the creek. Undoubtedly, the person or people with him were equally enjoying the scenery, if not in quite the same olfactory way.
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“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt
Photography in the Park
The cutest thing was happening while we were making our way through the park, enjoying the ambiance of the brilliant sunny skies with floating cotton-like clouds amidst the Spanish moss-laden trees.
Two women with a child were attempting some photography. They had set up a small stand with "Kisses 5 Cents" inscribed upon it. They were trying to take a photo of their small child using that stand as a prop. One of the women was making hand and arm gestures, trying her best to capture the attention of the little tyke.
The photo that I captured makes me smile to this very day. Hopefully, they got that perfect photo!
“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”
— Andy Warhol
“You've got this life and while you've got it, you'd better kiss like you only have one moment, try to hold someone's hand like you will never get another chance to, look into people's eyes like they're the last you'll ever see, watch someone sleeping like there's no time left, jump if you feel like jumping, run if you feel like running, play music in your head when there is none, and eat cake like it's the only one left in the world!”
— C. JoyBell C.
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