Celebrating World Photography Day – The Texas Edition

World Photography Day was created on August 19, 2010, and I would hate to miss a chance of sharing some photos of Texas in all its glory this week. Of course, when you have more than 60,000 photos of the Lone Star State, the challenge becomes what do I choose.

I’ve decided to share photos of the Texas Historical Commission’s Heritage Trail Regions. While it is extremely difficult, I’m only selecting two or three for each. They may not be my best photos but the locations left a big impression on me.

Texas Plains Trail Region

Narrowing down the photos of the Panhandle Plains is not an easy task. I could have included expected photos of Palo Duro Canyon, Cadillac Ranch, or the Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo. I could also include any number of places in Lubbock, like Texas Tech University, the Buddy Holly Statue, or the FiberMax Center for Discovery. Instead, I decided to share some of the lesser-known locations.

Texas Mountain Trail Region

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that my dream is to one day retire to the Mountain Trail Region of Texas, particularly near Alpine. Where to begin with the beauty of this majestic area of the state? Rather than posting the mountains and town and city life, I decided this time to share a few of my animal sightings. If you want to read more about this area, check out my blog post covering Brewster County, the largest county in Texas.

Texas Pecos Trail Region

While I haven’t been to all of the communities along the Pecos Trail, I do have my favorites. This area has such a rich and interesting history.

Texas Brazos Trail Region

From Waco to College Station and all places in between, the Brazos Trail covers a number of cities and towns. Many of you may already know about the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station or the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco. Some other communities in this region are lesser known but still interesting. In fact, I visited quite a few recently when my friend, Darla, and I took a road trip to see the Most Mispronounced Texas Towns and Cities.

Texas Forts Trail Region

Since I also live in San Angelo which is in the Forts Trail Region, I’m a bit biased to my community. I tried and set my personal feelings aside in order to share photos from this fantastic area of the state. You can also read about a recent trip I took along the Forts Trail here.

Texas Lakes Trail Region

Having lived in a few cities in the Lakes Trail Region of the state, I’m pretty familiar with it. I also took a virtual road trip last year to highlight what there is to see and do.

Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Another region in which I’ve spent a lot of time is the Hill Country. My husband and I lived in Buda and Cedar Park, I worked in Austin, and we’ve RV’d throughout the region as Eccentric Nomads.

Texas Independence Trail Region

Only a few months ago, I took a trip around the Independence Trail and I learned so much about the history of Texas that I didn’t know.

Texas Tropical Trail Region

Dan and I spent a few months in the valley of Texas when we RV’d for a year. The area is so different from anything I’d experienced in Texas, since I’d never spent a lot of time there.

Texas Forest Trail Region

A majority of my early years were spent in this region of the state in the towns of Livingston, Huntsville, Laneville, Chester, Corrigan, Tyler, Trinity, and Indian Springs. The piney woods are amazing with their tall pines shooting into the sky, row by row.

Official World Headquarters of How Big Is Texas

The 10 regions of the Texas Heritage Trails are spectacular. When I’m not able to travel, I spend a lot of time in my backyard at the Official World Headquarters of How Big Is Texas. I would be remiss to not include a few pictures. While it’s only been the headquarters since May of this year, I’ve managed to capture some pretty nice shots of the tiny building with a big message.

Here’s to many more World Photography Days to highlight the beauty of the great state of Texas. Until we see you again, Sadie and I wish you safe travels from our small piece of the world to yours.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruth Sheppard says:

    Beautiful pictures/interesting stories.

  2. BP says:

    Great images as always, Diann. And – Texas Monthly’s Texanist scrambled this month to emulate your mispronounced towns storyline. so you again lead the way. Keep leading!

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