Mustang Bayou

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© Ann Reece
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UploadedOctober 12, 2011
TakenOctober 11, 2011
ModeliPhone 3GS
Exposure1/357 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length3.85 mm
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This is the bayou that runs behind our house, only this part of it is several blocks and a couple of curves away from our backyard. It is where we can easily see the bayou from a bridge across a street. I went for an early morning walk and liked the reflections of the sky in the water. We had a good rain a couple of days ago that left 8 1/2" in my rain gauge. The bayou was fuller yesterday and it is already getting lower and lower. You can see the growth in the water that normally is not there, but with the drought the weeds grew up rapidly.

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  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    I love the reflections of the sky and clouds in the water! I am glad you are getting more rain now when it was so dry earlier. This is a great shot!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    The trees look so nice and lush, I'm sure the rain is a godsend to all the plant life. This is a beautiful shot of the bayou!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (11 Oct 2011):

    If you want some more rain, Ann, will gladly send you over some. LOL! Everything is lovely and fresh from your recent rains. Why a bayou and not a creek?

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece said (12 Oct 2011):

    Suzanne, good question about a bayou vs a creek! It sent me to several dictionaries, each had a slightly different definition of what a bayou is and but basically it is a body of water that does not have a current, is in low lying areas and empties into the Gulf of Mexico or into a body of water that does empty into the Gulf of Mexico, such as the Houston ship channel. Bayou's are deeper than streams and bayou's are common to southern states that border on the Gulf of Mexico, especially the east edge of Texas and Louisiana. This was not in any dictionary, but what I have always heard and observed that the water level is effected by the tides of the Gulf of Mexico. Houston is known as the bayou city. It was founded along what we know as Buffalo Bayou. Buffalo Bayou is a main waterway flowing through Houston, in Harris County, Texas, USA. It begins in Katy, Fort Bend County, Texas and flows approximately 53 miles (85 km) east to the Houston Ship Channel and then into Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way the bayou receives several significant tributary bayous, such as White Oak Bayou, Greens Bayou, and Brays Bayou and passes by several major parks and numerous smaller neighborhood parks. The water is undesirable for swimming.

    The bayou's can overflow during heavy rains and flood areas. A lot of work has been done on them over the years to curb the flooding by dredging out the bayou's and putting cement edges along them. The Houston Ship Channel is a part of Buffalo Bayou, it was dredged out in the middle of the bayou to accommodate large ships, thus making Houston a major shipping area.

    I hope this has helped you to understand bayou's.

    YES! Right now all of Texas needs more rain - badly!!! Usually we get more than enough rain, but the last year we have gotten next to nothing causing a bad drought and wildfires sprung up all over the state burning lots of homes, leaving many people homeless, a few people have died and many animals have died. Some of the fires are still burning.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    SO glad you got rain!!! We got a whole day of gentle rain (and NOT flooding). Thanks for the bayou information. I always construed bayou to mean the same thing as a marsh.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Wow! A beautiful shot and a very informative narrative! I had no idea about the difference between the two.

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    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    this is so interesting, I learned something, in addition it is a great shot Ann

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (16 Oct 2011):

    Love the reflection, Ann. Thanks so much for the info. Very interesting.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Oct 2011):

    I love the reflection in this shot Ann.

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