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Written by Matt Joyce

The heart of downtown Fort Worth is debuting its  makeover with the grand opening celebration of the new Sundance Square Plaza.

Wildfires, parched pastures, evaporating lakes, we all have our own experience of the drought that's been plaguing Texas in recent years. A photo exhibit on display this week at the State Capitol shares new perspectives from citizens across the state.

Dry lake bed at Lake Meredith. Photo © Kent Satterwhite. Dry lake bed at Lake Meredith. Photo © Kent Satterwhite.

The Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Water Development Board, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are showcasing the photographs as part of their "What does your Texas drought look like?" campaign.

The exhibit opened Monday and continues through Friday in the Capitol's 2nd Floor Extension, Central Gallery.

Despite recent rainfall in much of the state, 62 percent of Texas remains in drought and another 24 percent is abnormally dry, according to the federal government's U.S. Drought Monitor.

The exhibit includes some of the hundreds of images that people across Texas shared via Flickr, Instagram, and Twitter as part of the agencies' photo project. You can see some of the photos on the project's Flickr page.

The project has created a historical record of the drought, and represents both water supply deficits and the ways Texans deal with drought through conservation efforts, according to a news release.

If we get the rainfall predicted this week, let's hope the exhibit stays up for another couple of weeks. It couldn't hurt.

It's hard to say what's most impressive about the new Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio. It could be Pancho Villa's last-known saddle, decorated with braided silver. Or the exhibit of more than 100 spurs, presented as a "school" swimming in an aquarium-like display case. Or the Frederic Remington colorful oil painting, "A Dandy on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, 1890."

With the reopening of the federal government, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is open to visitors in time for its colorful fall foliage season. As of this week, the park’s bigtooth maples are still green and the colors are still to come.Study Tour, Guadalupe Mtns St Pk

As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, the Texas Forts Trail Region has launched a passport program to encourage visitors to explore various museums, historic forts, and other sites across West-Central Texas.

One possible silver lining to the partial shutdown of the federal government: The closure of Big Bend National Park has created a welcome influx of visitors at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

If you're planning a trip to one of the national parks or other federal sites in Texas, you'll want to take note of the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.

There's a certain glamour to the musician's life, no doubt. But for many working musicians, the reality of scratching out a day-to-day living means long hours, multiple jobs, and low income.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park has offered an update in the aftermath of last week's heavy flooding. 

Guadalupe Mountains National Park in far West Texas is hoping to dry out after three days of heavy rain that caused flooding and prompted the park’s closure.

A new exhibit opening at the Alamo today focuses on the Spanish mission system in Texas and the creation of the Alamo, including 16 original Spanish documents from the 1700s.

The Texas Book Festival has announced the lineup of authors for this October's event, including several whose books are currently on the New York Times bestseller list.

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