The glossed-up scene above, which shows a pushing-its-limits White Oak Bayou flirting with the lower edge of the Height Hike and Bike Trail bridge, made an appearance in this month’s edition of Kia Ora, Air New Zealand’s in-flight magazine. A sky-high peruser on Reddit noticed the article, which is currently employing the flood photo to promote Houston and several other Texas cities as tourist destinations. The original source looks to be a Getty Images contributor who captioned the shot (along with another expansively aquatic view from 2015) as stock images of Downtown Houston in the rain. For comparison with the normal scenic view of Downtown’s northernmost freeway tangle, below is a recent shot of that trail construction near the Leonel Castillo Community Center, which caught the same angle and foliage (minus the high water, but plus some heavy equipment):
But hey! Air New Zealand only announced its new-ish direct flights between Auckland and Houston last year, right before the Memorial Day flooding and the start of Houston’s wettest 18 months on record; the photo’s inclusion could just be an attempt to showcase what appeared to be a normal bit of local flavor around the time the the magazine geared up to research the area. And speaking of flavor: the article also highlights some restaurants for would-be Houston tourists to put on their lists, including Upper Kirby’s upscale Haven (which shut down in 2014), the Eatsie Boys’s brick-and-mortar spot (which also shut down, in 2015), and Larry’s French Market & Cajun Cuisine, located in Groves, TX, on the east side of Port Arthur.
- Previously on Swamplot: Repeated 100-Year Flooding Adds Up to Houston’s Wettest Year and a Half on Record
Image: Kia Ora (magazine excerpt), RoB (trail construction)