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Monday, September 14th, 2015

Behold: More stunning Texas Hill Country photos that resist description

The Hill Country Alliance’s annual photo contest attempts to bridge the disconnect between abstract ideals of environmental conservation and the very real consequences of failing to achieve those goals.

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Behold: These aerial photos make the Texas Water Safari look like a tranquil river outing. It is not.

Less than 24 hours into Texas Water Safari 2015, team 150 — the Texas Flood — leads the pack of 71 paddlers still in contention for the raw 265-mile river race from San Marcos to Seadrift. Six...

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Behold: A New Deal photographer’s somber images of San Marcos during the Great Depression

As the decade drew to a close, Hays County families were still in the Great Depression’s tight grip. In 1939 and 1940, prolific documentary photographer Russell Werner Lee passed through San Marcos during a tour of Texas...

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Behold: The diverse, dazzling beauty in the Texas Hill Country

Striking photographs captured across the Texas Hill Country will be featured in a 2015 calendar published by the Austin-based Hill Country Alliance.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Behold: Breathtaking photos of Texas State’s new Performing Arts Center

Not long after Texas State University’s gleaming new Performing Arts Center started going up, a wall between campus and city came down.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Behold: Mexico’s multibillion dollar produce industry at a tiny roadside stand

Two men sat in the shade of a green and orange canopy, and appeared none too thrilled to see my camera, perhaps afraid the attention might draw the ire of the health department or some other bureaucratic...

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Behold: The beautiful, heartbreaking ruins of Aquarena Springs

On the surface, the park's attractions seemed almost random. Where else could you visit a replica Spanish mission, cruise the skies in a European-style gondola, play tic-tac-toe with a chicken, watch a pig swim and gaze upon...