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Feet hang over the water at Camp Tonkawa Springs

Austin photographer Kenny Braun’s first book was a sumptuous portrait of surfer culture on the Texas coast. Published in 2014, it was aptly titled Surf Texas. So when Braun decided his next project would travel farther inland to explore the spectacular scenery of the state—from Big Bend to Caddo Lake and high-plains panoramas then back to his beloved ocean horizons—he figured the book could be called Turf Texas.

Follow along on Instagram this week as Kenny Braun takes over and shares photos & stories from his new book.

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Kids dive into the lake at Daingerfield State Park

Independence Creek Preserve is located in southwest Texas

Daingerfield State Park

33o 00' 29.25" N
94o 41' 53.53" W

Chet Garner eats pecans by the Pecan Capital of Texas sign

Nestled in the northern reaches of the Texas Hill Country is the laid-back town of San Saba, also known as the “Pecan Capital of the World.”

Illustration of Aimee and Jolie Sikes

For sisters Aimee and Jolie Sikes, it all began with a patch of green shag carpet.

The front of a vintage Piper L-4 Grasshopper airplane

On a clear Saturday morning, I find myself perched in the glass nose cone of a World War II bomber, barreling through the sky at about 200 miles per hour.

Illustrated map of Marfa

The land and the light and a sense of space unlike anywhere else.

Inside Blackchalk's cafe

Driving along US 290 west to Fredericksburg from Johnson City, I’m struck by how much the roadside scenery has changed in two decades.

The bar at Peggy's

Look at that marbling! This is the Rolls-Royce of steaks!” a man sitting near me booms, caught in a carnivore’s bliss.

Crowds dance at the OS2 restaurant

Inside the OS2 Restaurant and Pub, I await beef tenderloin medallions with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes on the side.

Pedernales Potato Recipe

Is there a better package to open than one containing tender potatoes, browned onions, and creamy goat cheese?

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Why summer is the perfect time to give campfire cooking a try »

We’ve made these potato-and-cheese packets at home as a satisfying main course and on camping trips to serve with grilled steak or pork chops. The prosciutto is optional, but it adds incredible flavor, and the fat bastes the potatoes as they cook.

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