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Wings of Spring

Portraits of Migratory and Resident Birds in the Hill CountryBy E. Dan Klepper  Birding enthusiasts recognize the Texas Hill Country…

Four for Fall: 2011

Many a Texan can wax eloquent about the benefits of our great outdoors. Turns out it isn’t just bragging: Scientific…

Going to Ground: The western Edwards Plateau from underground

You’ll find a trinity of odd and earthly things in the caverns beneath the Texas soil of the western Edwards…

Wild Texans

The deep-blue Texas sky sets off a soaring hawk’s cloud-white belly as it wheels above me. Watching the magnificent bird…

Four for Fall: 2010

I drove into Caprock Canyons State Park for the first time on a crisp fall day. The park straddles a…

Whirring Dervishes: Hummingbirds

Texas is well known for its large concentrations of birds, butterflies, Mexican free-tailed bats, and more, and a lot of…

Dive In!: Balmorhea State Park

I first met the clear, bracing waters of Balmorhea’s swimming pool on a family vacation decades ago. Wading far into…

Dive In!

Under water, light behaves differently; colors sparkle, then fade. Sounds magnify and distort. Liquid cradles a body accustomed to mere…

Dive In!: Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Roughly 110 miles from Freeport, I plunged six feet down from the M/V Fling, into the Gulf of Mexico to…

Dive In!: South Padre Island

On a diving trip this spring, I explored a ship’s observation wing and swam along its starboard navigation deck, stopping…

Dive In!: Lake Amistad National Recreation Area

Underwater cliffs and monster bass (up to 13 pounds) attract divers to this sizable reservoir straddling the U.S.-Mexico border near…

Voluntourism: Good times = Good Works

Volunteer While Seeing the SightsBy Melissa GaskillThe ferry bumped to a stop at the San José Island dock, and I…
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