Polo Match & Hot Air Balloons

My wife spotted an announcement of an event near us called The Victory Cup. The event features polo, hot air balloons, food and spirits. Neither of us had ever seen a polo match or hot air balloons so we got our tickets, booked an Air B&B and headed to the Hill Country. It was a spectacular weekend and a perfect end to our Thanksgiving Break.

Hill Country Alliance Photo Contest

2016 HCA Photo Contest – Please Vote.

Greetings readers.  I have submitted four of my photos for this year’s Hill Country Alliance Photo Contest.  I would really appreciate your support, so if you have a few minutes please click on the photos below and cast your vote for my images.  Thanks!


Valley Sunset
Valley Sunset
Fierce Frio
Roaring Frio
Turtle Log
Turtle Log
Cascading Falls
Cascading Falls

Texas Hill Country Monsoon Season

Took a road trip across the Texas Hill Country above Uvalde, TX to shoot the rivers after the recent flooding rains we have experienced.

Rain Gauge, Mark Espinoza - HWY 55
Photo by Mark Espinoza

According to the Uvalde Leader News we have received 13.21 inches of rain during the first five months of 2015 (compared to the 8 inches we normally average by this time of year according to US Almanac Data).  No doubt the majority of this accumulation has come down over the course of the past few weeks.  Not just Uvalde, but the entire Texas Hill Country has been hit by one unrelenting storm after another.

Fallen Rock, Tarpley TXOnce the day gave way to some clear skies, I grabbed the camera and took to the Hill Country routes to see first hand what it was looking like and to share with you.  I hope you enjoy the images and make sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post which has more imagery from my trip.

Uvalde – Leona River
DSC_0Leona River - Nopal St., Uvalde010 Leona River - Nopal St., Uvalde

US HWY 90 – Nueces River
Nueces River, HWY 90 Nueces River, HWY 90

FM 1023 – Frio River
Frio River, Uvalde, TX Frio River, Uvalde, TX

US HWY 83 (Reagan Wells Rd.) – Dry Frio River
Dry Frio Dry Frio

FM 127 (Concan, TX) – Frio River
Frio River, Concan, TX Frio River, Concan, TX

Garner State Park – Frio River
Frio River, Garner SP Frio River, Garner SP

FM 1050 (Utopia, TX) – Sabinal River
Sabinal River, Utopia, TX Sabinal River, Utopia, TX

FM 173 (Bandera, TX) – Medina River
Medina River, Bandera, TX Medina River, Bandera, TX

More images included in the YouTube video slideshow below: