I’m grateful for familiar things that always make me smile. This is a statue called "The Virtuoso" and is housed just across the street from the Houston Grand Opera Wortham Theater. I didn’t have my wide-angle lens with me, so I couldn’t capture the whole thing, but it’s a fabulous, whimsical construction of a suspended, jolly cello player, complete with sound system spinning beautiful music 24 hours a day.
The blue sky was the perfect backdrop to capture a tiny bit of the 34 foot high structure, the same one that greeted me here 12 years ago as a young, naive, eager singer, and subsequently upon each return to this city it has always welcomed me back by putting a big smile on my face.
PS I’m also WAY grateful to see my friends here who all weathered Hurricane Ike bravely and safely.