Category: West Texas


  • Big Spring, Texas

    I have a fascination with all springs, including those whose time has passed. I’ve been collecting a short list of the big ones, and somewhere...

  • Improbable Waters: Desert Wetlands

    I’ve recently returned to Austin after a month in New Mexico, trying to beat the August heat. As I was planning my road trip across West Texas,...

  • Austin –> Taos, Day One

    Our first stop is Del Rio, Texas, home to San Felipe Springs. These are among the biggest springs in Texas, ranging from 20 to 40 million gallons...

  • Del Rio Preview pt ii

    Back in April Sarah Wilson and I made a road trip to Del Rio, Queen of the Rio Grande. It’s a border town most people in Texas have never visited,...

  • Goodenough Springs, 1941

    One of the side benefits of my dad’s recent retirement (which he didn’t get around to until his 80s) is the discovery of all sorts of things...

  • Del Rio Preview

    A few weeks ago I drove out to the edge of Texas with photographer Sarah Wilson, along the way visiting some of the state’s largest springs...

  • Goodenough Springs

    Like humans, springs are mortal. The cause of death may be natural or manmade, over decades or eons.  Though on rare occasion, they are buried...

  • San Solomon Springs

    State Highway 17 connects two oases in far west Texas. At one end is Marfa, legend of American postmodernism. At the other, Balmorhea State Park...

  • Comanche Springs

    In Fort Stockton there is a hole in the ground that will show you the future. Enclosing the hole is a cage built to protect people from what...

  • San Felipe Springs

    There are times when, if you look at a person with particular care, you can see them as they will be in their old age, a frailer and smaller...

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