The glossed-up sceneÂ above, which shows a pushing-its-limits White Oak Bayou flirting with the lower edge ofÂ the Height Hike and Bike Trail bridge,Â made an appearance in this month’s edition of Kia Ora, Air New Zealand’s in-flight magazine.Â A sky-high peruserÂ on RedditÂ noticed the article, which is currently employingÂ the flood photo to promoteÂ Houston andÂ several other Texas cities as tourist destinations.Â The original source looks to beÂ a Getty Images contributor who captionedÂ the shotÂ (along with anotherÂ expansively aquatic view from 2015) asÂ stock images ofÂ Downtown HoustonÂ in the rain.Â For comparison with theÂ 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 caughtÂ the same angle and foliage (minus the high water, but plusÂ 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 showcaseÂ what appeared to be aÂ normal bit ofÂ local flavor around the time the the magazine geared up toÂ research the area. And speaking of flavor: the article also highlights some restaurants for would-be HoustonÂ tourists to put on their lists, includingÂ 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 ofÂ Port Arthur.
- Previously on Swamplot: Repeated 100-Year Flooding Adds Up to Houstonâ€™s Wettest Year and a Half on Record
Image: Kia Ora (magazine excerpt),Â RoBÂ (trail construction)