Archive for August, 2013

Walking in East Montrose is a pleasure shared by many. One of the best things about walking is that the walker can see things missed from driving or riding. The small details. The cats lazing on porches. The sound of water from the hidden pond. A walker can see the details.

Coreopsis blooms from April until October and even November.

Coreopsis blooms from April until October and even November.

The smallest details may be the flowers.

Vitex can be pruned into small trees. They bloom at least twice. They are also called Chastetree because Native Americans used the leaves in tea to ease Menstrual cramp.

Vitex can be pruned into small trees. They bloom at least twice. They are also called Chastetree because Native Americans used the leaves in tea to ease Menstrual cramp.

Flowers bloom in the neighborhood year round.

The Four-O'Clocks are what is referred to as "an old-fashioned" flower. They bloom in the early evening and attract hummingbird moths. They come in pink, yellow, apricot, white, and variegated.

The Four-O’Clocks are what is referred to as “an old-fashioned” flower. They bloom in the early evening and attract hummingbird moths. They come in pink, yellow, apricot, white, and variegated.

Blink and you might miss them.

Here is the "common" Lantana usually planted by the Mockingbirds because they love the black seeds. You will also see purple Lantana and the brilliant yellow Lantana around the neighborhood.

Here is the “common” Lantana usually planted by the Mockingbirds because they love the black seeds. You will also see purple Lantana and the brilliant yellow Lantana around the neighborhood.

Walking gives the viewer the privilege of a nice long look.

Hibiscus is a tropical that will survive a mild winter.

Hibiscus is a tropical that will survive a mild winter.

Walking is beneficial not only for the walker but for the neighborhood. Walkers can spot things like opened or non-secured properties. They can spot things out-of-place or unsafe. East Montrose is a very walkable neighborhood and hopefully homeowners will be encouraged, as the neighborhood becomes more and more gorgeous, to fix broken or non-existent sidewalks for those that like to walk.

Pride of Barbados has a brilliant bloom.

Pride of Barbados has a brilliant bloom.

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Despite the intense heat at Saturday’s dedication party in parking lot next to Inversion Coffee House, the folks attending looked cool. Perhaps in part because of the great wine and finger food, and of course the snow-cones. You can’t have an August party in Houston while the sun is still shining without snow-cones.

snow-cones

snow-cones

The art was complete.

Finished Art

Finished Art

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The artist, Patrick Renner, looked happy.

Joan Son and artist Patrick Renner

Joan Son and artist Patrick Renner

H-Town Streats had their food wagon open.

Origami artist Joan Son and husband Wing

Origami artist Joan Son and husband Wing Tse

The music was provided by P.L.X.T.X. Pronounced “Pluto” – their website explains all: Venetian Snares to Aphex Twin (Come to daddy period) until Atari teenage riot. It is close to the fury of the sound crew of Alec Empire, drum’n’bass breakbeats as overwhelming rumbling explosions interspersed with crackling and larsens hyper-strident. genre – DIGITAL HARDCORE. The brains behind P.L.X.T.X is twenty two year old, Bradley Muñoz – Based from Houston, TX. P.L.X.T.X is reaching high with DIY strength. overcoming many obstacles & not letting his stutter get in his way. P.L.X.T.X is not sitting still here in America, but expanding as far as Europe & Japan. — P.L.X.T.X released a full length album titled, SELECTIVE MUTISM LP. — this full length shows how far P.L.X.T.X is taking his music with truth and dignity.

The heat did not dent the beat.Music D.J.

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Walking around East Montrose is without a doubt a great pastime. The architecture alone will keep your interest.

The neighborhood sign shows up nicely against the colorful art

The neighborhood sign shows up nicely against the colorful art

There is a new art installation across from Inversion Coffee Shop and Houston Art League.

Working the painted wooden slats into the metal frame

Working the painted wooden slats into the metal frame

Patrick Renner has done a fascinating job of creating what he calls “Funnel Tunnel”.

The artist

The artist

It is fun and quite colorful. I don’t know why it doesn’t stop traffic.

The not-quite-finished tail

The not-quite-finished tail

We stopped to chat with the artist. He was very gracious although he was trying to finish the project before the grand opening two days away. I imagine he was stressed but he didn’t act like it. He spent time explaining things to us. He made me want to put the camera down and pitch in to help add more slats.

The front of the funnel tunnel

The front of the funnel tunnel