Bolivar Flats is comprised of salt marsh, mud flats and beach. It is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area and is managed by the Houston Audubon Society. The area is rich in fish, invertebrates and shellfish. This makes it a perfect habitat for thousands of water birds. Here the birds can rest, feed and breed in a protected environment.
In its time, Homer Wilson’s ranch was one of the largest ranches in the United States, comprising more than 28,000 acres of land. It was abandoned in 1945. The house is made from material native to the area, including a reed ceiling and walls made of stones from Blue Creek Canyon. This is a wonderful spot for night photography and light painting. Make sure that you hike into the ranch during the daylight to scout out the area and plan your shots. You can come back after sunset to take spectacular photos of the Milky Way over the ranch and Chisos Mountains.
This is an old hispanic mission. The church is very nice, and there are nice photographic opportunities given by the shadows of the building. You don’t need any specific gear, you will probably go there during day light. However it is perhaps wise to have a wide-angle lens. It may be crowded during summer time.
This district is a very lively neigbourhood with a lot of different kind of stores. It is an ideal spot for street photography. I would try to go there when you know that you won’t be alone to capture the lively part of the area, so week-ends are a good choice.