National Geographic : 1978 Feb
Eye-stopping silhouette of an opportunistic nest builder (above) greets motorists near Port Arthur, Texas. Songbirds, ducks, and geese in huge numbers winter around the Gulf. Warm waters take the sting out of winter winds, and shirt-sleeve weather comes to Galveston long before its Olean der Festival in May (below). The flower was intro duced in Galveston in 1841. Today it lines the streets of the island city that each year draws some four million visitors.