Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

For Valentine’s Day this year, we took a tour of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cisterns. I’m almost hesitant to share our experience because it was such an amazing time that I want to bottle it up and keep it as my little secret.. but alas. We reserved our tickets for the cistern (which is at 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007) online here. We opted for the history tour which is FREE on Thursdays. I wish we could have done the art show too but tickets went too quickly. (SIDE NOTE: The white blocks in the photos are part of the art exhibit.)

Fun facts:

  • Unused for years, the 87,500-square-foot expanse includes 25-foot tall, slender concrete columns set row upon row, hovering over two inches of water on the reservoir’s floor.
  • Holds 15 million gallons of water when functioning at capacity.
  • The cistern was only accessible via small hatches that open to 14-foot ladders creating enormous logistical difficulties in viewing and navigating the area.
Yongnuo 35mm

I loved the Rokinon 14mm for this space. I think the wide angle worked really well and I was able to get a lot of the pillars. The water reflection was great, it was so perfectly still! I really am still loving the Yonguo line of lenses too, I used the 50mm. Dustin used the 35mm a lot and took some great images of the skate park that’s directly above the cisterns.

Rokinon 14mm
Rokinon 14mm
Nikon 18-55mm
Rokinon 14mm
Rokinon 14mm
Rokinon 14mm

We got some great pics of the city and the bayou after. The bathrooms are fantastic and there are a ton of prime picnic spots!

Rokinon 14mm
Yongnuo 35mm
Rokinon 14mm
Yongnuo 50mm
Nikon 18-55
Yongnuo 35mm

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