• Sims Bayou, one of nine bayous being transformed under the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative, celebrated its ribbon cutting for the Sims Bayou Greenway on June 8. This new stretch of bayou greenway is 1.8-miles long with a hike and bike trail extending from Heatherbrook Drive to Hillcroft Avenue.
    All photos by F. Carter Smith, courtesy of Houston Parks Board.

  • Big winners at the 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition on Galveston's East Beach included a triple-win by Kirksey + Metzger for Smurf and Turf which took home the Golden Bucket 1st place win, the tallest standing structure and best traditional castle; plus a double-win by Gensler + Harvey for Return of the Crawfish! which netted the Silver Shovel 2nd place win and most Houston-Centric category.
    The not-too-shabby Bronze Shovel 3rd place win went to Ziegler Cooper Architects for Quest for the Holy Pail. The annual competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation and serves as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. For more information, visit
    Photos courtesy of AIA Houston; additional photos courtesy of Gensler.

  • A new guide to the state's best places to get wet not only tells you where they are, but how to access them, what's nearby and what you can do when you get there.

  • Get outside and explore nature and the great outdoors. Some of these Houston photos were taken at Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, the Cockrell Butterfly Center (at the Houston Museum of Natural Science) and the greenspace along Buffalo Bayou. Other great viewing spots are the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Hermann Park, Sylvan Rodriguez Park and Discovery Green. Additional photos come from around the Lone Star State.

    A big high five to the contributors to the Houston Press Flickr Pool for sharing their photographs: brando.n, Patrick Feller, jjsala and Jerald Jackson.

    Additional photos via CC from Jeff P, ljmacphee, Craig ONeal, Kimberly Vardeman, Kumar Appaiah, Nazianzus, kathryn, R. Crap Mariner, Travis Purcell, fun in photo's, mario and slgckgc.

  • Many motorcyclists begin to view the roads they travel very differently than people driving cars. The experience of riding in the open air on a good road is very different than taking the same route in a car. Somehow the world seems to open up more, rather than being distanced by the effect of being insulated inside the cab of an automobile.

    When I've gotten outside of the city and stumbled across an area where the roads are good and the scenery is nice, I almost invariably think about how it would make a cool area to ride my motorcycle. So I started doing some research to find a few great places around the Lone Star State to ride, and unsurprisingly there are quite a few areas all over Texas that come highly recommended for a motorcycle road trip.

    Photos by John Perser, Kolin Toney, Steve, David, Roy Luck, Bobby Ketchum, Adrian Delgado2012, Colin J. McMechan, Andy, Josh Henderson and uhltank.

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