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November 20, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Between. Abridged so far.

Houston ship channel (ALL rights reserved) from bridge. NO permissions granted copyrighted

Quick view from car going over the Hartman Bridge across the Houston Ship Channel. No pedestrians allowed. Don’t even consider stopping for any reason. Some serious looking people will chat with you if you try. ©

On a bridge. Inside a Tardis. Through a door. Within a blink.

Not here. Not there.

A time suspended in mid-air.

Flowing under. Swirling around. Slipping through. Mind’s eye wandering.

Not before. Not after. Momentarily present.

Tiny intervals secreted between transitions.

Quiet slight flight.

A catch of breath. Thought stilled. Steps paused. Vision on refresh.

And then. Over. Back. Through. Awakened.

Brief luxury, time suspended in mid-air.

On a bridge. Inside a Tardis. Through a door. Within a blink.

Momentary disconnect from earthly things.


Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

View of Houston Ship Channel (NO permissions granted) from bridge (ALL rights reserved, copyrighted)

Same scene a second or two later. It is too different. The red barge on the right has moved. Life changes in a blink. ©

  • Striking pictures/video of the Hartman Bridge over the Houston Ship Channel here.
  • Here’s history of the Houston Ship Channel (starting in 1836-37) from TX State Historical Association
From a distance: Hartman Bridge across the Houston Ship Channel (

Wind, water, sky, sea birds calling. Nature’s offering classes in meditation. (




  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 20 2015 1:55 pm

    how bad that it isn’t allowed to walk over that bridge and to watch the ships there….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 20 2015 2:41 pm

      It is! Maybe if they have another bike race including that bridge we might be allowed. It’a heavily used toll route for truck with cargo ( who crawl slowly up and get out of their way on the down side.)The view/sights there are stunning. But the channel between the ports of Houston and Galveston are more heavily guarded than ever.At least in a car you can feel a moment of coasting through air above it all.


  2. Littlesundog / Nov 20 2015 2:20 pm

    That disconnect is a mighty powerful feeling. I feel very fortunate to have that just outside the back door.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 20 2015 3:15 pm

      Not being able/having a place or way to disconnect and find balance is probably the reason for so much stress, irritation, and anger among people these days. Everyone needs refreshments! Thanks for rolling an astute response this way


  3. sportsattitudes / Nov 20 2015 2:32 pm

    I had a chance a couple of years ago to visit the Port of Philadelphia. There was a tremendous security presence to be sure but I was still able to (as part of a private tour related to work) step aboard a container vessel that travels from one side of the Atlantic to the other and back on a regular basis. It was an amazing experience and I can’t believe the courage (and patience!) of those who do that for a living…back and forth across the open water day and night regardless of conditions. The view from the top of the Port was spectacular indeed…like the ones you highlight.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 20 2015 3:20 pm

      WOW. How lucky you were to get to explore like that. Only be getting to close can the size and magnitude of the ships and docks be really appreciated. Ports are fascinating worlds.There’s actually a PR cruise/public tour you can take along the channel here on one of the Port’s boats. Getting out away from land gives a whole different perspective. So much of the world around us to see and so few bother to look. Thanks for traveling over to chat.

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  4. memoirsofahusk / Nov 20 2015 3:21 pm

    Within a blink. What a lovely concept 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 20 2015 3:26 pm

      A matter of proportion and perspective. After all, we are less than a blink in Nature’s, much less the Universe’s, eyes? Thanks for pausing within the pause

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  5. The Hook / Nov 20 2015 8:39 pm

    You mentioned the TARDIS!
    Love it!
    Whovians rule!


  6. EllaDee / Nov 20 2015 10:43 pm

    A modern rendition of A.A. Milne poem Halfway Down 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2015 12:03 am

      Was such a Milne fan as a kid, but I had totally forgotten that poem. That one is a perfect match.(Always wanted stairs and a 2 story house when little – they looked like so much fun)
      So glad you found it and linked to there. Thanks for stepping up, down and sitting around.

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      • EllaDee / Nov 21 2015 5:27 am

        While I was on the page, I read Alexander Beetle too 🙂

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  7. Robin / Nov 20 2015 11:19 pm

    “Within a blink.” I love that. So many bridges are off limits these days to stopping, standing, and watching.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2015 12:16 am

      That span. It’s fascinating. Intriguing interval. (Especially for cats who as a species have made a fine art of The Blink.) Thanks for pondering this stream


  8. shoreacres / Nov 21 2015 2:22 am

    When the mind’s eye blinks, it can be quite an experience. Have you ever seen the photos of Louis Vest? He’s a Houston Pilot, and a heck of a photographer (to put it mildly.) Check out his photos from the bridges of the various ships he pilots.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2015 4:41 pm

      Whoa – that’s cool. One sailor we knew was a pilot for his day job. Steering that Texas Chicken takes guts and skill. Thanks for adding that link. (Oh, winter is coming – and it better bring some sun, right?)


  9. Kourtney Heintz / Nov 21 2015 11:04 pm

    Amazing view. It’s funny when we stop and notice the world around us how quickly things can shift. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 23 2015 2:10 pm

      It’s so hard to simple hold perfectly still and simply see/hear/be there for even a minute. How much do we miss in out lives? (Oh, there’s a scifi novel if I ever heard one?) Thanks for seeing in the silence


  10. roughseasinthemed / Dec 2 2015 8:24 pm

    I was reading about oil tankers queuing up around Galveston prior to entering upstream to Houston. Apparently, people are paying to store oil on ships hoping to profit later … you may be more oil savvy and tanker savvy than I.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 3 2015 12:54 am

      The bridge shown is by the Port of Houston. It’s pretty common for tankers to sit in the anchorage in Galveston Bay while waiting their turn and ship channel captain to board for moving up the channel. In good weather you can see the cargo ships and tankers from the beach. There is a glut of oil right now, so waiting out there might be possible for a little bit, but those big ships are costly and cannot/do not sit still very long. Right now oil prices on the world market are up a bit with the instability in the Middle East, so they may be moving – it changes day to day. But it would make sense to hit the dock on a good market day. World market these days – not like the old days where the port was importing so much oil to refine for mainly domestic use. There’s a weird beauty with all the ships, cranes, equipment,machinery and cargo up and down the channel. That day they were unloading a huge giants I can’t tell you how big mountain of coal(for electric plants) – yet that will all be gone onto transports so quickly – sometimes it’s sulfur mountains. Would be cool to be a bird and be able to fly over there and get a good look frequently at all the action. I can see why some artist were intrigued by work locations. Thanks for cruising in to comment

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