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The Addicks Reservoir
A Photo Project by Thomas J. Avery
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The Addicks Reservoir is used for flood control in far west Houston. Since the reservoir partially floods only after very heavy rains, several parks and trails (both paved and unpaved) have been established and are usable most of the year. The reservoir is mostly flat and heavily wooded with pockets of pines, oaks, and scrubby brush. There are a few swampy areas that stay wet nearly all year.

Bear, Langham, and South Mayde creeks flow through it and form a confluence inside the reservoir. The flow then passes through a spillway in a large earthen levee and pours into Buffalo Bayou, a major waterway in Houston.

I live a few miles north of the reservoir and have been visiting its parks and trails for over 10 years. Exploring its wilderness is a wonderful break from the crowded, noisy city. Having a place to observe wildlife, breathe fresh air, and wander through magnificent trees within the urban boundaries of the Houston metro area is a blessing.

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In March 2010, I began to carry a point and shoot camera with me each time I went on my regular walks in the reservoir. This is an ongoing effort, and is meant to maintain and improve my skills as a photographer.

To view the content related to this project on my blog, please follow this link:
www.thomasjavery.com/blog/?cat=198

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