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Another One Bites the Dust in Fort Davis

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Capturing the Perfect Storm in Texline

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The Serenity of Westcave Preserve

September 19, 2023 | By TH Staff

The Sky Never Ends in Terlingua

August 22, 2023 | By TH Staff

When the Sun Sets in Marshall

July 25, 2023 | By TH Staff

Under the Setting Sun at Lake Meredith

June 27, 2023 | By TH Staff

Pretty as a Picture in Van Horn

May 30, 2023 | By TH Staff

The Promise of Summer at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park

May 2, 2023 | By TH Staff

The Restored Hall of State Tells the Story of Texas at Fair Park

March 28, 2023 | By TH Staff

A Peaceful Sunrise Brightens the Laguna Madre Shoreline in South Texas

May 26, 2022 | By

View the Scenic Southwest Texas Canyonlands from the Pecos River Bridge

December 23, 2021 | By

Going Galactic in The Big Bend of West Texas

November 24, 2021 | By

The View from 30 Feet Under Jacob’s Well

June 24, 2021 | By

The Galveston Fishing Pier Illuminates the Gulf of Mexico

May 27, 2021 | By

The Bucolic Beauty of a Blanket of Bluebonnets

February 25, 2021 | By TH Staff

The Most Unusual Rest Area in West Texas

January 28, 2021 | By

A Depression-Era Photo Captures A Slice of Rural Texas Life

October 29, 2020 | By

A Beautiful Blend of Color and History in Brenham

July 30, 2020 | By Tom McCarthy Jr.

A Sparkling Texas Swimming Hole On the Nueces River

June 25, 2020 | By Kenny Braun

The Acton State Historic Site marks the grave of Elizabeth Crockett

April 30, 2020 | By Julie Stratton

No Words Can Describe This No-Name Cave in the Texas Hill Country

March 26, 2020 | By Kenny Braun

Touchdowns in Jacksonville’s Legendary Tomato Bowl

January 30, 2020 | By TH Staff

Fireworks Over Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

December 27, 2019 | By

Photo: The Old Stardust Hotel in Marfa

November 25, 2019 | By

Photo: Monahans Sandhills State Park

October 31, 2019 | By

West Texas winds transform an ever-changing landscape of sand dunes at the 3,840-acre Monahans Sandhills State Park. The field of dunes begins south of Monahans and stretches north into New Mexico. Opened in 1957, the state park harbors a peaceful Chihuahuan Desert playground where people can explore the rolling landscape, slide down the hills, picnic, camp, and take in extraordinary sunrises and sunsets.

Spanish Moss and Tranquility in Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

August 29, 2019 | By

At Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge south of Alamo, the Spanish moss dripping from the trees invokes a sense of tranquility—and a touch of otherworldliness—in a park created to protect migratory birds. While wandering the refuge’s 14 miles of trails, keep an eye and ear out for resident birds like green jays, chachalacas, and great kiskadees, which are joined by migratory species in the fall and spring.

Photo: Keep Cool at Devil’s Waterhole in Inks Lake State Park This Summer

June 24, 2019 | By

A lot of lore surrounds the naming of Devil’s Waterhole along a northeast branch of Inks Lake State Park near Burnet: One legend says the land’s previous owner was known to curse loudly whenever his wagon got stuck crossing it, while others believe Native Americans originally named it for its warmer waters. While the source of the name is unconfirmed, there’s no question that it’s a popular natural swimming area for daredevils. It can only be reached from inside the park by either hiking the quarter-mile Devil’s Waterhole Trail or by paddling along Inks Lake. Upon arrival, hikers and paddlers are greeted by the park’s metamorphic rock, Valley Spring Gneiss, with ledges rising up to 40 feet above the water.

Photo: Clouds Loom Over Follett’s Island

May 31, 2019 | By

Even when clouds loom, any day is a good day on Follett’s Island, which features about 11 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Free access to the beach is available at multiple points between Surfside Beach and San Luis Pass along Bluewater Highway. During the summer, the water temperatures are usually a balmy low- to mid-80 degrees—perfect for fishing, swimming, horseback riding, birding, and camping on the beach.

Photo: Lightning Over Sweetwater

March 28, 2019 | By

The wide-open spaces and generally flat landscape make the plains of Texas a prime location for wind energy production. With nothing to block the view for miles, the environment also makes for some spectacular storm viewing. The two combine in this electric image of a storm passing over a wind farm near Sweetwater.

Photo: Clymer Meadow Preserve

March 1, 2019 | By

With their characteristically droopy petals, Black Samson coneflowers seem ready to turn down for the night as the sun sets on the Clymer Meadow Preserve northwest of Greenville. The preserve protects remnants of the Blackland Prairie, a tallgrass prairie that once stretched from the Texas coast to Canada. Prairies and pastures in North Texas and the plains of the Panhandle provide native habitats for this perennial, which blooms April through July and can also be propagated in gardens.

Photo: Chinese New Year on the San Antonio River Walk

December 16, 2018 | By

Chinese New Year traditions include releasing a wishing lantern into the air or casting it into the water to bring good luck or release worries. The latter is celebrated annually at the San Antonio River Walk, which holds its Confucius Wishing Lanterns event Feb. 9. The ceremony of floating gold-rimmed lanterns

Photo: A Male Cardinal Adds a Splash of Color to a Cold Day

November 28, 2018 | By

Scarlet possumhaw berries and the bright plumage of the male northern cardinal add a splash of warmth to an otherwise cold winter day. While possumhaw is found in Central and East Texas—sprouting berries in fall and winter­—northern cardinals can be spotted year-round through most of Texas. Like this iconic winter bird, other songbirds, gamebirds, opossums, and raccoons all dine on the possumhaw’s conspicuous berries.

Photo: The Guadalupe Mountains Tower Above the West Texas Desert

October 25, 2018 | By

Range Roving

Rising from the Chihuahuan Desert north of Van Horn, the Guadalupe Mountains crest at the four highest elevations in the state—Guadalupe Peak, Bush Mountain, Shumard Peak, and Bartlett Peak. Though slightly shorter, El Capitan stands out as a distinctive limestone cliff towering some 3,000 feet above the road—making it a popular stop for photographers. The range contains some spectacular geological features, including part of the fossilized Capitan Reef, much of which can be seen within Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

When You Just Can’t Take That Texas Heat Anymore, Take a Dip in This Private Oasis in the Texas Hill Country

April 26, 2018 | By

Since the 1950s, the Krause family has operated this 115-acre paradise in the Texas Hill Country—added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 for its undisturbed Native American burial sites. Its 68-degree waters on Cypress Creek offer a cool respite from Texas summers.

Renowned “Stickwork” Artist Brings Unusual Outdoor Exhibition to Texas

March 20, 2018 | By

Nestled among the trees in a beloved Austin green space along Shoal Creek, a playful contemporary art installation has infused new life into one of Texas’ oldest public parks.

After the Most Destructive Wildfire in Texas History, Bastrop State Park Rises from the Ashes

February 14, 2018 | By

In September 2011, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history raged through the loblolly pines of Bastrop State Park. The deadly fire burned 32,000 acres in the area—including 96 percent of the 6,565-acre park.

Where to Ride a Horse on the Beach in Matagorda

January 12, 2018 | By

Indulging in the age-old Texas tradition of riding a horse may be the best way to experience the untouched natural beauty of Matagorda—a secluded sandy treasure on the Gulf of Mexico.

Galveston Unveils Its Annual Holiday Spectacle: Ice Land

November 10, 2017 | By

What: Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX
When: Through January 7, 2018

The holiday spirit blends with the tropics this year during Galveston’s annual chilly spectacle, Ice Land.

Sightseer: Remote Retreat at Big Bend Ranch State Park

October 12, 2017 | By

What: Fresno Ranch
Where: Big Bend Ranch State Park
When: Year-round

Between 2006 and 2013, writer, photographer, and artist E.

Sightseer: Back to the Futuro

September 28, 2017 | By Jane Kellogg Murray.

What: Futuro House
Where: 9573 State Highways 276 in Royse City
When: Year-round

As you near Royse City, just east of Rockwall, the scenery becomes a little extraterrestrial.

Sightseer: Right on Target

August 30, 2017 | By Jane Kellogg Murray.

What: Target Marathon
Where: US 90 between Marathon and Alpine
When: year-round

The Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway first reached Brewster County in the 1880s—turning this isolated spot into a shipping and supply point for area ranchers.

Sightseer: The Other Padre Island

February 23, 2017 | By

Sightseer: Caddo Mounds Grass House

December 22, 2016 | By

Sightseer: Lost Maples State Natural Area

November 15, 2016 | By

The State Fair of Texas

September 16, 2016 | By

Ogle everything from ribbon-winning pigs to the Texas Star Ferris wheel, a butter sculpture, and Taylor Swift’s rhinestone-studded tour outfit.

HummerBird Celebration

August 1, 2016 | By

Coinciding with the ruby-throated hummingbirds’ fall migration, Rockport-Fulton’s 28th annual event features birding tours, speakers, vendors, and artists.

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