Houston is the beating heart of Texas. Not just because it is the largest city in the state, but it is because Houston is home to the broad energy, manufacturing and aeronautics industrial base in Texas. Fortune 500 CEOs and blue collar workers alike proudly call Houston home while oil tycoons and astronauts shuffle along the city streets. The attraction of different industries has also attracted a number of diverse cultures that are continuously shaping the city from its architecture all the way down to its cuisine.
Like most cities in Texas, residents of Houston are working for the sunset. During the summer, temperatures in Houston soar and there is no greater reprieve than when the sun dips below the horizon. Not only does the city get cooler in both culture and temperature, but Texas sunsets are legendary for their beauty.
An Evening in Houston
This sunset snapshot taken from the Hotel Derek perfectly displays an average evening in Houston. The fading orange light seems to cling to the skyscrapers of the city's downtown district as it sets while simultaneously casting a dark shadow on what looks like some pretty thick traffic on the highway. At least all those drivers had a wonderful view of this priceless sunset, though most probably didn't even realize it.
Sunrise over Lake Houston
This may look like one ominous looking sunset that is perfect for a Halloween evening, but it is actually one ominous looking sunrise over the beautiful Lake Houston. The morning sun is burning a hole through the breaking storm clouds and casting an orange glow over the lake waters, signalling to the birds that it is time to start flying for the day. This particular picture was captured on the shores of the lake in Alexander Duessen Park, a favorite play place of Houston residents.
No, this skyline isn't New York City; it is just the similarly striking Houston skyline. While it may be a partly cloudy sunrise over Houston in this picture, the dark clouds help the rising morning sun accent the silhouettes of the towering skyscrapers in Houston's downtown district. With sights like this to wake up to, Houston gives its residents good reason to rise with the sun.
Sunset in the Thick of It
Alternatively, sometimes the best place to watch the sun rise and set is within the sprawling skyscrapers of downtown Houston, as this particular photographer demonstrates. Visitors don't quite get the same grandeur of downtown Houston from afar as you get when you are up close and personal with the buildings.
Sunrise above the City
Doc S. managed to catch this beautiful photo of the sun rise over Houston as he was one his approach to the city from Los Angeles. What better way to view the sunrise than to catch it above the clouds in the city that is home to the Houston Space Center. Even astronauts don't often get views like this.
Adam B. went out to Armand Bayou outside of Houston to check out the International Space Station (ISS) as it flew over the city. While he caught a glimpse of the ISS, the real show was the beautiful sunset. The wispy cirrus clouds perfectly caught the orange light from the sunset and make the sky look like there is a great fire is going on in the distance. Combined with the calm waters and dead trees of the bayou, this may be the most perfect sunset picture ever.