There is really quite a neat story behind this photograph. This is a small pond, devoid of much water vegetation, a dumping place for people's trash. It is surrounded by a meadow, another dumping place for people's trash. The meadow, is surrounded by trees, surrounding this eyesore from the view of Houston's good citizens. Really, only the young people come out here; a place to hang out, drink, smoke and dump garbage. And yet, there is so much more to this place. It is habitat. Crucial habitat for all wildlife, and a place where nature can scratch out a life amid the hustle and bustle of this large metropolis. Many birds, call this small area home, and I have seen evidence of several species of mammals living here, including deer and coyotes. Then you have the fish, frogs and turtles living in the polluted waters. Until very recently, the drought we have been having has greatly reduced the water level here. Recently, however, with more rain, this level has increased, and the pond has now grown to include a marsh. This, in turn, had attracted Belted Kingfishers, Great and Snowy Egrets, White Ibis, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer and Great Blue Heron. Amazing what nature can do with something forgotten and pushed to the side by us. I now plan to start cleaning this place up, and who knows, maybe constructing a small blind with all the wood people have dumped all over the place here.