About Texas Hill Country
Extending north and west from the long arc formed by the Balcones Escarpment that stretches from San Antonio to Austin, the Texas Hill Country is the heart of the Lone Star State. Though its exact boundaries have long been the subject of debate among Texans, the region’s unique charm and allure is almost universally agreed upon. Simply put, it just feels like home.
To the casual passerby, the sentiment cannot be truly appreciated. This is because the Hill Country's virtue does not lie in the grand landscape, but in a much more intimate setting. The limestone and granite hills which are the hallmark of the Texas Hill Country are mostly unspectacular and, at a glance, do not provide the visual drama offered by the Big Bend, the Guadalupe Mountains, or any of the other more well known parks found throughout the western United States. It is a country that whispers rather than shouts, and its beauty must be actively sought to be fully realized.
Such subtle beauty is found among a field of Texas bluebonnets that blanket the land with color and perfume the air with their fragrance during the months of March and April, or in a spring-fed creek, as the cool water runs across your feet on a warm summer day. It is found back in a canyon where relic maple trees still grow, when their leaves turn the color of rust and ochre and fall to the ground as gently and silently as snowflakes, and among colossal slabs of granite, pushed to the Earth’s surface millions of years ago and now slowly disintegrating under the wide open Texas skies. For those who take the time to know its secrets, the examples are legion.
This is the Texas Hill Country that has inspired me since I began to make photographs, and still inspires me to this day.