The state of Texas is known for its vast and diverse landscapes, with various hill countries, beaches, dry lands, and more. So many spots around the state can be an escape from everyday life and a destination for nature photographers. In honor of national nature photography day, we put together a list of must-visit spots in the Lone Star State.
Located in the Texas Hill Country near Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock is a pink granite exfoliation dome known for its stunning view. Rising over 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, the formation provides a stunning backdrop for nature photography, as well as the trails around the park. Additionally, it provides an amazing location to stargaze- you might even be able to see the Milky Way!
San Jose Island
Just on the Gulf Coast of Texas, San Jose Island is a hidden gem for nature photographers looking for a more secluded beach area. With its untouched shoreline and crystal-clear waters, this barrier island provides endless opportunities for capturing stunning coastal landscapes, including vibrant sunsets and dynamic seascapes. With a ferry taking you to the beach and over 600 species of native fish, it allows for various photo opportunities. San Jose Island offers a peaceful and serene environment, allowing photographers to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.
Monahans Sandhills State Park
If you’re looking for a desert landscape, look no further than Monahans Sandhills State Park. Located in West Texas, this park features vast expanses of rolling sand dunes, reminiscent of a Saharan dreamscape. The wind-blown sand provides endless possibilities for photos, as well as a beautiful place to get a shot of sand surfing or sledding. No matter what you want your shot to include, you’re sure to have a breathtaking background at this location. Finally, the difference in composition whether shooting at sunrise or sunset can give you a huge variety when going back over your shots. This website features some wonderful campsites, as it is around two hours South of Lubbock, Texas.
Natural Bridge Caverns
Venturing underground, the Natural Bridge Caverns are just outside of San Antonio, offering a darker setting for nature photographers. These limestone caves have many stunning rock formations such as stalactites, and stalagmites, and you can be accompanied by a tour guide throughout the cavern. This location is especially great for photographers looking for a challenge when it comes to their lighting, but once comfortable, the details and natural beauty are extremely worth it. Whether close-up shots of mineral deposits or wide-angle to showcase the chamber's width, Natural Bridge Caverns offers a mesmerizing photography experience. To see all that Natural Bridge Caverns offers, check out this link!
Slightly south of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, Jacob's Well is a natural spring with crystal-clear waters and a beautiful hiking path. The well is a popular spot for capturing underwater shots, with the deepest section being 140 feet under. To truly explore Jacob's Well, we recommend taking hiking photos before your reservation slot for swimming in the well (which you can be at for up to two hours). Above the water's surface, limestone cliffs offer additional opportunities for landscape photography. For tips on navigating the area, check out this article.
If you check out any of these places, make sure to tag us on Instagram at @eatdrinklocaltexas so we can see your creations!