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Thin Line Fest is excited to announce a new film category, the True Texas Travel Experience, sponsored by Texas Highways magazine. This category is for the best short documentary featuring an authentic Texas travel experience. Films need to be ten (10) minutes or less. Judges will review traditional documentaries, mockumentaries, docufictions, docudramas, travelogues, events, or any film that celebrates the people, places and wide-open spaces that define the Lone Star State.

eclipseFor the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on August 21. Although Texas is positioned to only capture a partial eclipse, it’ll be quite the show just the same, with many watch parties are planned.

jucys 917Walking into Jucy’s Hamburgers, at the corner of McCann and US 80 in Longview, the first thing I notice is the vibe, or lack thereof.

02 KLEPPER E ROCK TOTEMS917 4Enchanted rock

“Hiking over E-Rock makes me feel like an astronaut exploring the surface of a planet, one so small that you can see its curved horizon no matter where you stand. If you stay on its surface long enough, the rock will revolve away from the sun and into darkness. At night, you can hear its wildlife—chirps, squeaks, hoots, and croaks.” –E. Dan Klepper

HAMILTON POOL PRESERVE 917Hamilton Pool Preserve

“The lagoon-like grotto and surrounding cliffs illustrate clearly why Hill Country nature is best at creating idyllic antidotes for the Texas heat. Descend a hidden canyon, follow a cypress-lined creek, and arrive at a shaded, blue-green Eden. Bring your own personal Adam or Eve but be prepared to share the waters with everyone else. And, without a doubt, watch for snakes.” – E. Dan Klepper

ARS GMNP 20170614 9 17Guadalupe Mountains National Park

“It feels so small at first, until you hit the trail and start to explore. It is pure Texas wilderness—a high mountain desert with the soul of a bygone era that we Texans have yet to forget or leave simply to the history books. Here, we hold on dearly to the past we love.” – Andrew R. Slaton

pins 917Padre Island National Seashore

“Aromatic, salty air blew in off the water. Pelican formations cruised the shoreline. Seagulls and other shorebirds searched for food, and every minute the light transformed, making the water, clouds, and sand change colors. It’s a special place with rare species and isolated, undeveloped beaches—a national treasure and nature at her finest.” – Kenny Braun

sowFollow photographers Kenny Braun, E. Dan Klepper, and Andrew R. Slaton as they explore our picks for the top nine natural wonders of Texas—and capture each one as never before.

Backstage Whitewater 1Whitewater Amphitheater has been called the Red Rocks of Texas, because like the Colorado concert favorite, the 5,600-capacity venue on the Guadalupe River is set into a glorious natural landscape. Both employ highest quality sound and lights and attract top talent.

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Observing bats emerge from their roosts is one of the most exciting encounters that nature has to offer. Texas happens to be the perfect place to capture the seemingly choreographed exodus. Here are a few.

MermaidTank1It’s not every community that can fondly recall the good ol’ days when mermaids would swim and play in the local waters, but San Marcos can. And lately, the city has been doing more than just remembering its quirky history with these aquatic maidens. There is, once again, a thriving mermaid culture throughout San Marcos because, after a bit of an absence, the mermaids have returned.

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