It’s just a drainage ditch that runs out from under the streets of Bellaire, down between the two sides of South Rice Avenue and empties into Brays Bayou. Maybe it was once a natural little bayou that was channelized, or maybe it’s a remnant of the time this area was all rice paddies. Most likely, it’s just the kind of cheap drainage solution the developers of the 1950’s relied on. It’s full of wildflowers in the spring, birds hang around to catch worms and minnows, and in the summer the frogs sing along its banks.
South Rice Bayou
This drainage ditch runs along South Rice Avenue and empties into Brays Bayou. It is home to wildflowers and birds in the spring.
A great egret beside the South Rice ditch in Meyerland, southwest Houston.
We always have called this pink wildflower a buttercup. It grows in the spring in the South Rice ditch.
Buttercup and Butterfly
A butterfly and a buttercup on the banks of Brays Bayou, just past the spot where the South Rice drainage ditch empties into the Bayou.
Purple wildflowers in the South Rice drainage ditch.
Yellow Wildflowers and a Great Blue Heron
A great blue heron sits beside a patch of wildflowers in the South Rice drainage ditch.
Great Blue Heron in flight
The great blue heron flies along the South Rice drainage ditch.