Many people have never had an opportunity to experience the wild mystery of Buffalo Bayou. The area to be destroyed is some of the last riparian wilderness in the city — and certainly among the last in our great public Memorial Park. Few other American cities have such a valuable public asset running through it. This natural forest cannot be replaced. A bayou dredged and rebuilt will never be a wild bayou again.
Fly down Buffalo Bayou in the project area with photographer Jim Olive. These stunning photos were taken in October 2015, September 2016, and April 2017.
Watch the changing of the seasons on a bend in the bayou. Jim Olive took these photos from a high bluff in Memorial Park looking downstream.
We can all learn important lessons about a river’s natural process by watching this moving 14-minute documentary about the 2015 Memorial Day Flood and the Blanco River, Letting the River Heal. And here’s another 10-minute documentary from Your Remarkable Riparian explaining “The Basics of Riparian Understanding.”
Here is an aerial trip down Buffalo Bayou on Aug. 30, 2017, shortly after Hurricane Harvey, developed from Google Earth imagery by the Galveston District of the Corps of Engineers.
Watch this slide show of beautiful photographs of the bayou in Memorial Park taken in July 2014 by Jim Olive.
Here are some lovely aerial films taken of the prehistoric bluffs along the meanders in Memorial Park and the Hogg Bird Sanctuary. Our Buffalo Bayou is 18,000 years old, plus or minus a couple of thousand years, and it took that long to cut down through these much older Pleistocene land forms that serve as “bumpers” to the bayou, controlling its course and holding it in place.
Watch this hauntingly beautiful short video of the shady riparian forest, the vertiginous cliffs, and ancient sandstone banks of Buffalo Bayou. Yes, we have rocks in Houston. And cliffs! All this will be bulldozed if Harris County’s plan is approved. This is what our natural, distinctly southern bayou looks like when they are not flushing it with murky water from the failing Addicks and Barker dams.
And here is a documentary on Buffalo Bayou created by KUHT in 1984 and titled “Last Stand of the Buffalo.”