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Last week’s Texas Aquatic Science training was a success! Balmorhea State Park’s pool is currently under construction and closed. This allowed for these beautiful, serene views. #americorpsvista #dreamjob #tpwd #txstateparks #balmorheastatepark #chicadeephotography
Who in their right mind would drive a day and a half to west Texas in the middle of summer? That's what I thought when my husband proposed this impromptu getaway. But it's for a good cause, he said. There's this dinner with @garrisonbros bourbon tasting. Uh-huh. It's to raise money to repair a natural spring swimming hole @balmorheastatepark in a Texas State Park. Oh-kaay. And it's in the @gagehotel where we took our first trip together before we were engaged. SOLD! (To be honest, I was a little disappointed that he didn't propose on that trip, but that's another story.) Well, it turned out to be a great adventure and we stayed in the cutest little RV park just down the road decorated with western antiques like this cool old chuck wagon! And the star gazing....WOW! Did I mention it was in the middle of nowhere? .
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Who in their right mind would drive a day and a half to west Texas in the middle of summer? That's what I thought when my husband proposed this impromptu getaway. But it's for a good cause, he said. There's this dinner with @garrisonbros bourbon tasting. Uh-huh. It's to raise money to repair a natural spring swimming hole @balmorheastatepark in a Texas State Park. Oh-kaay. And it's in the @gagehotel where we took our first trip together before we were engaged. SOLD! (To be honest, I was a little disappointed that he didn't propose on that trip, but that's another story.) Well, it turned out to be a great adventure and we stayed in the cutest little RV park just down the road decorated with western antiques like this cool old chuck wagon! And the star gazing....WOW! Did I mention it was in the middle of nowhere? . . . #marathontexas  #garrisonbros  #balmorheastatepark  #balmorhea  #marathonmotelandrvpark  #thegagehotel  #gagehotel  #fauxsucculents  #homedecorating  #fauxsucculentarrangements  #patiodecor  #customfloraldesign  #artificialsucculents  #fakesucculents  #succulentsofinstagram  #southwestdecor  #westernstyle  #succulentdecor  #airstream  #airstreamlife  #rvdecor  #taylorstouchfloral  #aldenbridge  #sterlingridge  #thewoodlands  #thewoodlandstexas 
Feeling like a fish out of water and dreaming of Balmorhea. 🐠💭 I’ve got another swimming hole in mind for this weekend, we’ll see if it pans out! #fishoutofwater #pisces #swimminghole #balmorhea #balmorheastatepark #westtexas #wildwest #livelifeoutside
Photo by @uwdesigner Here’s lookin’ at you, kid. Up close with a softshell turtle in San Solomon Springs. I love these springs. This is how a Texan is inspired to become an underwater photographer. Our fresh water is precious. #balmorheastatepark @balmorheastatepark #softshellturtle #texasspinysoftshellturtle #springs #texassprings
Joel and I traveled to Balmorhea State Park back in 2016 to scuba dive. We finally have the video up (better late than never)! **Link is in the bio.**
We are slowly but surely going to finish the rest of the road trip through New Mexico so stay tuned! @balmorheastatepark #roadtrip #TxStateParks #balmorhea #balmorheastatepark #scubadiving #ssi #scubacamping #ilovediving #welovecamping #thegreatoutdoors #ilovetexas #youtuber #ashleyandjoelonyoutube #ashleyandjoel #vlog #vlogsquad #youtube
Joel and I traveled to Balmorhea State Park back in 2016 to scuba dive. We finally have the video up (better late than never)! **Link is in the bio.** We are slowly but surely going to finish the rest of the road trip through New Mexico so stay tuned! @balmorheastatepark #roadtrip  #TxStateParks  #balmorhea  #balmorheastatepark  #scubadiving  #ssi  #scubacamping  #ilovediving  #welovecamping  #thegreatoutdoors  #ilovetexas  #youtuber  #ashleyandjoelonyoutube  #ashleyandjoel  #vlog  #vlogsquad  #youtube 
[2013] P&S. Texas.  Balmorhea State Park on the hem of the Davis Mountains. A quintessential oasis.  This spring-fed lake, enclosed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, covers 1.75 acres and holds more than 3.5 million gallons of brisk 72- to 76-degree water (Olympic swimming pools contain 660,000 gallons). The San Solomon Springs pump up to 28 million gallons through the lake daily.  Visibility of up to 80 horizontal feet.  Endangered Pecos gambusia and Comanche Springs pupfish—found nowhere else—and rare headwater catfish may swim nonchalantly past. The water flows into restored canals, creating a desert wetland full of aquatic creatures, birds, and other wildlife. (Texashighways.com, 2013).
#beautiful #nature #beauty #instagram #texas #scenery  #architecture #instagramer #instagreat #instalike #balmorhea #instanature #instaphoto #instapic #water #fish #catfish #landscape #instaphoto #blindphotograph #blindphotographer #blindphotography #blindpic #LaceyAlondra #LaceyAlondra2013 #legallyblind #lowvision #oregonphotographer #balmorheastatepark #springs
[2013] P&S. Texas. Balmorhea State Park on the hem of the Davis Mountains. A quintessential oasis. This spring-fed lake, enclosed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, covers 1.75 acres and holds more than 3.5 million gallons of brisk 72- to 76-degree water (Olympic swimming pools contain 660,000 gallons). The San Solomon Springs pump up to 28 million gallons through the lake daily. Visibility of up to 80 horizontal feet. Endangered Pecos gambusia and Comanche Springs pupfish—found nowhere else—and rare headwater catfish may swim nonchalantly past. The water flows into restored canals, creating a desert wetland full of aquatic creatures, birds, and other wildlife. (Texashighways.com, 2013). #beautiful  #nature  #beauty  #instagram  #texas  #scenery  #architecture  #instagramer  #instagreat  #instalike  #balmorhea  #instanature  #instaphoto  #instapic  #water  #fish  #catfish  #landscape  #instaphoto  #blindphotograph  #blindphotographer  #blindphotography  #blindpic  #LaceyAlondra  #LaceyAlondra2013  #legallyblind  #lowvision  #oregonphotographer  #balmorheastatepark  #springs 
[2013] P&S. Texas.  Balmorhea State Park on the hem of the Davis Mountains. A quintessential oasis.  This spring-fed lake, enclosed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, covers 1.75 acres and holds more than 3.5 million gallons of brisk 72- to 76-degree water (Olympic swimming pools contain 660,000 gallons). The San Solomon Springs pump up to 28 million gallons through the lake daily.  Visibility of up to 80 horizontal feet.  Endangered Pecos gambusia and Comanche Springs pupfish—found nowhere else—and rare headwater catfish may swim nonchalantly past. The water flows into restored canals, creating a desert wetland full of aquatic creatures, birds, and other wildlife. (Texashighways.com, 2013).
#beautiful #nature #beauty #instagram #texas #scenery  #architecture #instagramer #instagreat #instalike #balmorhea #instanature #instaphoto #instapic #water #fish #catfish #landscape #instaphoto #blindphotograph #blindphotographer #blindphotography #blindpic #LaceyAlondra #LaceyAlondra2013 #legallyblind #lowvision #oregonphotographer #balmorheastatepark #springs
[2013] P&S. Texas. Balmorhea State Park on the hem of the Davis Mountains. A quintessential oasis. This spring-fed lake, enclosed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, covers 1.75 acres and holds more than 3.5 million gallons of brisk 72- to 76-degree water (Olympic swimming pools contain 660,000 gallons). The San Solomon Springs pump up to 28 million gallons through the lake daily. Visibility of up to 80 horizontal feet. Endangered Pecos gambusia and Comanche Springs pupfish—found nowhere else—and rare headwater catfish may swim nonchalantly past. The water flows into restored canals, creating a desert wetland full of aquatic creatures, birds, and other wildlife. (Texashighways.com, 2013). #beautiful  #nature  #beauty  #instagram  #texas  #scenery  #architecture  #instagramer  #instagreat  #instalike  #balmorhea  #instanature  #instaphoto  #instapic  #water  #fish  #catfish  #landscape  #instaphoto  #blindphotograph  #blindphotographer  #blindphotography  #blindpic  #LaceyAlondra  #LaceyAlondra2013  #legallyblind  #lowvision  #oregonphotographer  #balmorheastatepark  #springs 
The granddaddy of spring-fed pools is located in the most unlikely of places—the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. At @BalmorheaStatePark, south of Pecos, people have been swimming and diving for eight decades in a crystal clear pool situated in the middle of a desert. The San Solomon Springs, a collection of artesian springs, supplies 20–28 million gallons a day to form what many regard as the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool, measuring an impressive 1.75 acres in size. Although closed for repairs this summer, the pool is scheduled to reopen next spring. 
#swimmingholesoftx #texas #texasforever #summer #water #pool #swimming #txwater #summerfun #balmorheastatepark #texassummer #texasheat #texasnature #westtexas
The granddaddy of spring-fed pools is located in the most unlikely of places—the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. At @BalmorheaStatePark, south of Pecos, people have been swimming and diving for eight decades in a crystal clear pool situated in the middle of a desert. The San Solomon Springs, a collection of artesian springs, supplies 20–28 million gallons a day to form what many regard as the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool, measuring an impressive 1.75 acres in size. Although closed for repairs this summer, the pool is scheduled to reopen next spring. #swimmingholesoftx  #texas  #texasforever  #summer  #water  #pool  #swimming  #txwater  #summerfun  #balmorheastatepark  #texassummer  #texasheat  #texasnature  #westtexas 
A selfie swimming at San Solomon Springs, Balmorhea State Park last summer. The state has revealed its best guesstimate for repairing the collapsed wall under the diving board-August 2019-in the last week. They claim that due to endangered species, all repair work will be done by hand. It will be an interesting repair problem since the photos show a large artesian cavern behind the pool's retaining wall.
Perhaps the state can also use this year to obtain a scientific understanding of aquifer flows feeding the springs. Mr Dan Hughes of the Apache ranch in Van Horn intends to sell up to 6000 acre feet (about two billion gallons) of water a year to Permian basin fracking operations and asserts the Capitan Reef Aquifer is not connected to those feeding San Solomon. As far as I can tell, this assertion is Mr Hughes opinion and has no study supporting it. Comanche springs in Fort Stockton demise in less than a decade due to Clayton Williams Sr. "pump farming" offer up a warning.  #sansolomonspring #balmorhea #balmorheastatepark #oasis #selfie #wall #collapse #artesianspring #texasstateparks #westtexas #Swimming #swimmingholes #ccc #civilianconservationcorps #purewater #delaware #delawarefield #oilexploration #fracking #endangeredspecies #artisanrepair #concrete #retainingwall #toyahvale #swimmingpool #aquifer #comanchesprings #fortstockton
A selfie swimming at San Solomon Springs, Balmorhea State Park last summer. The state has revealed its best guesstimate for repairing the collapsed wall under the diving board-August 2019-in the last week. They claim that due to endangered species, all repair work will be done by hand. It will be an interesting repair problem since the photos show a large artesian cavern behind the pool's retaining wall. Perhaps the state can also use this year to obtain a scientific understanding of aquifer flows feeding the springs. Mr Dan Hughes of the Apache ranch in Van Horn intends to sell up to 6000 acre feet (about two billion gallons) of water a year to Permian basin fracking operations and asserts the Capitan Reef Aquifer is not connected to those feeding San Solomon. As far as I can tell, this assertion is Mr Hughes opinion and has no study supporting it. Comanche springs in Fort Stockton demise in less than a decade due to Clayton Williams Sr. "pump farming" offer up a warning. #sansolomonspring  #balmorhea  #balmorheastatepark  #oasis  #selfie  #wall  #collapse  #artesianspring  #texasstateparks  #westtexas  #Swimming  #swimmingholes  #ccc  #civilianconservationcorps  #purewater  #delaware  #delawarefield  #oilexploration  #fracking  #endangeredspecies  #artisanrepair  #concrete  #retainingwall  #toyahvale  #swimmingpool  #aquifer  #comanchesprings  #fortstockton 
Balmorhea State Park

#tpwd #balmorheastatepark #springfedpool
#balmorheastatepark is incredible. 50,000 acres of lush #highlands landscape. Here is a view of the Queen’s vegetable garden. Lettuce ready to eat. #ilovescotland
We got to stop by Balmorhea state park on our way to El Paso today. Pics are of the Commanche Springs Pupfish (endangered and endemic to this system), Blotched water snake, and then just some scenery. Definitely a check off of my bucket list, but I still want to come back and swim in the spring-fed pool. 🤞
We got to stop by Balmorhea state park on our way to El Paso today. Pics are of the Commanche Springs Pupfish (endangered and endemic to this system), Blotched water snake, and then just some scenery. Definitely a check off of my bucket list, but I still want to come back and swim in the spring-fed pool. 🤞
Swimming with my DXO One  Camera #dxo #dxomade #dxomark #underwaterphotography #summer #beach #sunlight #swimming #fish #texas #texasparks #swimming #nycphotographer @texasparkswildlife #balmorheastatepark
This was the tiny #office of #Lake #Balmorhea as I mentioned in my #travel #blog #trippinovertexas Not to be confused with #BalmorheaStatePark in #toyahvale
Tonight’s the night! Book signing with Kenny Braun from 5-7 pm. Come get your copy of As Far as You Can See: Picturing Texas. We’ll have a selection of photographs as well, including this one from Balmorhea! •
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Tonight’s the night! Book signing with Kenny Braun from 5-7 pm. Come get your copy of As Far as You Can See: Picturing Texas. We’ll have a selection of photographs as well, including this one from Balmorhea! • • • #kennybraun  #picturing  #texas  #asfarasyoucansee  #balmorheastatepark  #balmorhea  #houarts  #houstongalleries  #underwater  #texas_ig  #houstonevents  #fineartphotography  #underwaterphotography  #springfed  #texaslife  #landscapephotography  #houston_insta  #thegreatoutdoors  #texasphotographer  #texasart  #texasartist  #utpress 
Despite her best efforts, the pool water had already begun to turn some of Penelope’s feathers green. 
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Famous throughout the American Southwest and Mexico, the Greater Roadrunner is an expect in dynamite and at creating elaborate booby traps... Wait, that’s the wrong Road Runner. Real-life coyotes actually present a danger to Greater Roadrunners. While roadrunners can run up to a sustained speed of 15 mph, coyotes can run more than twice that speed. Despite the threat from coyotes, roadrunners are still a courageous hunter, eating a variety of prey including spiders, venomous lizards, scorpions and even rattlesnakes. They also eat small mammals, other birds and some fruits and seeds. 
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For the record the pool at Balmorhea State Park is naturally spring fed and does not contain any chlorine. Tonight @garrisonbros and @bigbendbrewing kick-off another Balmorhea Blue Pool Party @gagehotel to raise funds to help repair the pool. Wish I could be there, I’m sure it will be a great time. However, I am off to NYC tomorrow for a weeklong vacation. I’m hoping to get to see the famous Red-tailed Hawk, Pale Male, while I’m there (though I probably won’t have a lot of time for birding). ___________________________________________
Greater Roadrunner | Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX | 05/03/2018
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#your_best_birds #nuts_about_birds #bestbirdshots #bb_of_ig #kings_birds #bird_brilliance #eye_spy_birds #bns_birds #feather_perfection #birds_adoredd #thebirdingsquad #birdsandblooms #birds_illife #sassy_birds #birds_captures #nature_worldwide_birds #ip_birds #total_birds #audubon #birdwatching #texasparksandwildlife #TXStateParks #balmorheastatepark #sansolomonsprings #transpecos #roadrunner #greaterroadrunner #TMwanders
Despite her best efforts, the pool water had already begun to turn some of Penelope’s feathers green. ___________________________________________ Famous throughout the American Southwest and Mexico, the Greater Roadrunner is an expect in dynamite and at creating elaborate booby traps... Wait, that’s the wrong Road Runner. Real-life coyotes actually present a danger to Greater Roadrunners. While roadrunners can run up to a sustained speed of 15 mph, coyotes can run more than twice that speed. Despite the threat from coyotes, roadrunners are still a courageous hunter, eating a variety of prey including spiders, venomous lizards, scorpions and even rattlesnakes. They also eat small mammals, other birds and some fruits and seeds. ___________________________________________ For the record the pool at Balmorhea State Park is naturally spring fed and does not contain any chlorine. Tonight @garrisonbros and @bigbendbrewing kick-off another Balmorhea Blue Pool Party @gagehotel to raise funds to help repair the pool. Wish I could be there, I’m sure it will be a great time. However, I am off to NYC tomorrow for a weeklong vacation. I’m hoping to get to see the famous Red-tailed Hawk, Pale Male, while I’m there (though I probably won’t have a lot of time for birding). ___________________________________________ Greater Roadrunner | Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX | 05/03/2018 . . . #your_best_birds  #nuts_about_birds  #bestbirdshots  #bb_of_ig  #kings_birds  #bird_brilliance  #eye_spy_birds  #bns_birds  #feather_perfection  #birds_adoredd  #thebirdingsquad  #birdsandblooms  #birds_illife  #sassy_birds  #birds_captures  #nature_worldwide_birds  #ip_birds  #total_birds  #audubon  #birdwatching  #texasparksandwildlife  #TXStateParks  #balmorheastatepark  #sansolomonsprings  #transpecos  #roadrunner  #greaterroadrunner  #TMwanders 
#Summer fun for a great cause! 
#Repost from @garrisonbros
tbt to a camping trip w @collin_wallick and my dad! I think this was Balmorhea State Park. #tbt #balmorhea #balmorheastatepark #backpacking #camping
Fellow Texans - we need your help! The majestic Balmorhea pool in West Texas is indefinitely closed due to structural damage and neglect. If you’ve swum in these beautiful waters, you know what a treasure it is. We need to step up and protect Balmorhea for generations to come. @garrisonbros has partnered with @texasparkswildlife to raise money for rebuilding and restoring the park and pool by hosting a series of progressive pool parties with live music and cocktails - @rambler and @bigbendbrewing are joining in the fun too.  Join us for #BalmorheaBlue and help raise money for the ongoing reconstruction, preservation and beautification of Balmorhea State Park. Click the link in bio for party dates/locations and to purchase tickets! 📷: @nicksimonite
Fellow Texans - we need your help! The majestic Balmorhea pool in West Texas is indefinitely closed due to structural damage and neglect. If you’ve swum in these beautiful waters, you know what a treasure it is. We need to step up and protect Balmorhea for generations to come. @garrisonbros has partnered with @texasparkswildlife to raise money for rebuilding and restoring the park and pool by hosting a series of progressive pool parties with live music and cocktails - @rambler and @bigbendbrewing are joining in the fun too.  Join us for #BalmorheaBlue  and help raise money for the ongoing reconstruction, preservation and beautification of Balmorhea State Park. Click the link in bio for party dates/locations and to purchase tickets! 📷: @nicksimonite
The best swimming hole in Texas. Sad to hear it is indefinitely closed.
The best swimming hole in Texas. Sad to hear it is indefinitely closed.
Hey, friends!  We need your help!  The majestic Balmorhea Pool in West Texas is indefinitely closed due to structural damage and neglect. If you’ve swum in these beautiful waters, you know what a treasure it is.  Balmorhea has long attracted people, including Native Americans, Spanish Explorers and U.S. soldiers. We need to step up and protect Balmorhea for generations to come. Garrison Brothers Distillery has partnered with Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation to raise money for rebuilding and restoring the park and pool by hosting a series of progressive pool parties, beginning with The Sonesta in Austin, June 23 and The Gage Hotel in Marathon, June 29-30. Rambler and Big Bend Brewing are proudly joining in support. Guests attending Balmorhea Blue swim parties will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in and around the pool with live music and cocktails. All while raising money for the ongoing reconstruction, preservation and beautification of Balmorhea State Park. Please click the link in our profile to buy tix!  Please join us!  More dates and cities to follow.
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#rambleraustin #TPWF #garrisonbrothers #bigbendbrewery #balmorhea #balmorheastatepark #balmorheablue #poolparty #sparklingwater
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Underwater photos by Rambler Ambassador @nicksimonite. Above water images by @pingzer
Hey, friends! We need your help! The majestic Balmorhea Pool in West Texas is indefinitely closed due to structural damage and neglect. If you’ve swum in these beautiful waters, you know what a treasure it is. Balmorhea has long attracted people, including Native Americans, Spanish Explorers and U.S. soldiers. We need to step up and protect Balmorhea for generations to come. Garrison Brothers Distillery has partnered with Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation to raise money for rebuilding and restoring the park and pool by hosting a series of progressive pool parties, beginning with The Sonesta in Austin, June 23 and The Gage Hotel in Marathon, June 29-30. Rambler and Big Bend Brewing are proudly joining in support. Guests attending Balmorhea Blue swim parties will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in and around the pool with live music and cocktails. All while raising money for the ongoing reconstruction, preservation and beautification of Balmorhea State Park. Please click the link in our profile to buy tix! Please join us! More dates and cities to follow. 💦 #rambleraustin  #TPWF  #garrisonbrothers  #bigbendbrewery  #balmorhea  #balmorheastatepark  #balmorheablue  #poolparty  #sparklingwater  💦 Underwater photos by Rambler Ambassador @nicksimonite. Above water images by @pingzer
Long hot summer days in Texas is best managed by one thing and one thing only: a play day at a natural spring fed pools! This one is a long-time family favorite. ❤️ .
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#texas #balmorhea #swimming #balmorheastatepark #swim #westtexas #sansolomonsprings #nature #pool #austin #summer #springfed #roadtrip #bartonsprings #travel #landapark #igtexas #texasforever #naturalpool #florida #atx #water #newbraunfels #waterfall #spring #summertime #springs #swimminghole #petrichorfarmsdarjeeling #swimmingpool
Long hot summer days in Texas is best managed by one thing and one thing only: a play day at a natural spring fed pools! This one is a long-time family favorite. ❤️ . . . . . #texas  #balmorhea  #swimming  #balmorheastatepark  #swim  #westtexas  #sansolomonsprings  #nature  #pool  #austin  #summer  #springfed  #roadtrip  #bartonsprings  #travel  #landapark  #igtexas  #texasforever  #naturalpool  #florida  #atx  #water  #newbraunfels  #waterfall  #spring  #summertime  #springs  #swimminghole  #petrichorfarmsdarjeeling  #swimmingpool 
Meanwhile, back at Balmorhea
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We are out at Balmorhea this week conducting our quarterly fish sampling and found this cool cicada on a buttonbush on the edge of one of the cienegas.  Can anyone help us out with an ID? #westtexas #balmorhea #balmorheastatepark
We are out at Balmorhea this week conducting our quarterly fish sampling and found this cool cicada on a buttonbush on the edge of one of the cienegas. Can anyone help us out with an ID? #westtexas  #balmorhea  #balmorheastatepark 
I started this business in 2009 when I was living across the world in the Middle East 🐫. While studying abroad, I met the most creative individuals and felt beyond inspired by the beautiful cultures. I was surrounded by color 🌈 and bright 🌞and airy 🌬 scenes which is a huge factor in my art style. Beyond my addiction to vibrant colors, I am an amateur barista (shout out to #Jura coffee makers for giving me life), a proud puppy mama to a sweet Yorkie, and I plan on getting my MD down the line 👩🏻‍⚕️. My favorite book is #EatPrayLove. I have an obsession with #greysanatomy 😅. But most important of all...I love LOVE ❤️ & I don’t hide it as you will see in the upcoming week when I reveal a sweet couples special day ✨💍💐. One of the most important things about my business is that we are a family! I work alongside my lovebugs (Chiara & Jason) and my family. I would not be where I am today if it were not for my wonderful parents for supporting my crazy dreams of being a plastic surgeon (one day!) AND wanting to have a photography business. They cultivated my creativity and ambition to fight the dichotomy that is between science 🔬 & art 🎨. Plus my wonderful sister who has been my #1 model for years 😌. We are all so excited to work with our future clients to capture their memories and special moments in life like their graduation, engagements, marriage, children, and more. ❤️ -S
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I started this business in 2009 when I was living across the world in the Middle East 🐫. While studying abroad, I met the most creative individuals and felt beyond inspired by the beautiful cultures. I was surrounded by color 🌈 and bright 🌞and airy 🌬 scenes which is a huge factor in my art style. Beyond my addiction to vibrant colors, I am an amateur barista (shout out to #Jura  coffee makers for giving me life), a proud puppy mama to a sweet Yorkie, and I plan on getting my MD down the line 👩🏻‍⚕️. My favorite book is #EatPrayLove . I have an obsession with #greysanatomy  😅. But most important of all...I love LOVE ❤️ & I don’t hide it as you will see in the upcoming week when I reveal a sweet couples special day ✨💍💐. One of the most important things about my business is that we are a family! I work alongside my lovebugs (Chiara & Jason) and my family. I would not be where I am today if it were not for my wonderful parents for supporting my crazy dreams of being a plastic surgeon (one day!) AND wanting to have a photography business. They cultivated my creativity and ambition to fight the dichotomy that is between science 🔬 & art 🎨. Plus my wonderful sister who has been my #1  model for years 😌. We are all so excited to work with our future clients to capture their memories and special moments in life like their graduation, engagements, marriage, children, and more. ❤️ -S . . . . . . . . #saraabdulazizphotography  #saraabdulaziz  #houstonphotographers  #houstonweddingphotographer  #houstonweddingphotography  #houstoncouples  #houstonphotography  #love  #engagementphotos  #lulus  #bellami  #couples  #seniors  #weddings  #seniorphotographer  #portraitphotographer  #rosegold  #bossbabe  #houston  #balmorhea  #balmorheaevents  #balmorheastatepark  #balmorhealake  #texas  #brightandairy  #lightandairy 
📍 Balmorhea, TX 
An oasis in the desert. @balmorheastatepark is one of the coolest spots in Texas. At 72-76 degrees year round it’s perfect for finding relief from the Texas summer sun or soakin’ it up.
Check out their Facebook page for park updates and closures before you go.
📍 Balmorhea, TX An oasis in the desert. @balmorheastatepark is one of the coolest spots in Texas. At 72-76 degrees year round it’s perfect for finding relief from the Texas summer sun or soakin’ it up. Check out their Facebook page for park updates and closures before you go.
Yes, I took a video of the news! This is VERY PROMISING! Sound on to hear the report- but basically, they are hoping to repair the pool in the next few months (which I take to mean: 6-12 months! Let’s be real) So I guess summer 2019 will be when I can fully take advantage of living so close to Balmorhea... I hope they can manage to keep the high dive because that’s the highlight of all my visits!
#thewonderfuladventure #balmorhea #balmorheastatepark #sansolomonsprings #fingerscrossed #westtexas
Yes, I took a video of the news! This is VERY PROMISING! Sound on to hear the report- but basically, they are hoping to repair the pool in the next few months (which I take to mean: 6-12 months! Let’s be real) So I guess summer 2019 will be when I can fully take advantage of living so close to Balmorhea... I hope they can manage to keep the high dive because that’s the highlight of all my visits! #thewonderfuladventure  #balmorhea  #balmorheastatepark  #sansolomonsprings  #fingerscrossed  #westtexas 
Balmorhea State Park boasts the
world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool.
Built in the 1930s, more than 15 million gallons of crystal-clear water flow through the pool each day, gushing from the San Solomon Springs. The pool is up to 25 feet deep, covers 1.3 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water that stays about 75 degrees year-round.  One of the best swimming holes in the world and another hidden Texas gem. 
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Balmorhea State Park boasts the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Built in the 1930s, more than 15 million gallons of crystal-clear water flow through the pool each day, gushing from the San Solomon Springs. The pool is up to 25 feet deep, covers 1.3 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water that stays about 75 degrees year-round. One of the best swimming holes in the world and another hidden Texas gem. _____________________________________
Swimsuit season was just around the corner, and Cotton wasn’t sure if he was ready. 
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Scaled Quails are year-round residents of desert grasslands and scrublands of the Southwest. They can even be found in woodlands up to roughly 7000 feet. They live in large coveys from the fall to early spring, when they split up and form breeding pairs. We spotted a few at the pool @balmorheastatepark . The white crest you can see in this photo gives the Scaled Quail it’s nickname of “cotton-top.” ___________________________________________
(FYI: I haven’t seen any updates on the state of the San Solomon Springs Pool since it was first reported damaged and closed indefinitely.)
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Scaled Quail | San Solomon Springs Pool, Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX | 05/03/2018
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#your_best_birds #nuts_about_birds #bestbirdshots #bb_of_ig #kings_birds #bird_brilliance #eye_spy_birds #bns_birds #feather_perfection #birds_adored #thebirdingsquad #birdsandblooms #birds_illife #sassy_birds #birds_captures #nature_worldwide_birds #ip_birds #total_birds #audubon #birdwatching #birdsoftexas #texasparksandwildlife #TXStateParks #balmorheastatepark #sansolomonsprings #transpecos #quail #scaledquail #cottontop #TMwanders
Swimsuit season was just around the corner, and Cotton wasn’t sure if he was ready. ___________________________________________ Scaled Quails are year-round residents of desert grasslands and scrublands of the Southwest. They can even be found in woodlands up to roughly 7000 feet. They live in large coveys from the fall to early spring, when they split up and form breeding pairs. We spotted a few at the pool @balmorheastatepark . The white crest you can see in this photo gives the Scaled Quail it’s nickname of “cotton-top.” ___________________________________________ (FYI: I haven’t seen any updates on the state of the San Solomon Springs Pool since it was first reported damaged and closed indefinitely.) ___________________________________________ Scaled Quail | San Solomon Springs Pool, Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX | 05/03/2018 . . . #your_best_birds  #nuts_about_birds  #bestbirdshots  #bb_of_ig  #kings_birds  #bird_brilliance  #eye_spy_birds  #bns_birds  #feather_perfection  #birds_adored  #thebirdingsquad  #birdsandblooms  #birds_illife  #sassy_birds  #birds_captures  #nature_worldwide_birds  #ip_birds  #total_birds  #audubon  #birdwatching  #birdsoftexas  #texasparksandwildlife  #TXStateParks  #balmorheastatepark  #sansolomonsprings  #transpecos  #quail  #scaledquail  #cottontop  #TMwanders 
🎶 I’m singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain 🎶
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Red-winged Black are common across most all of North America. Found in marshes and other wetland areas during the breeding season, males spend most of their time singing loudly and defending their territories. This particular male was taking an early morning bath under a sprinkler. 
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On our way to Big Bend we stopped at Balmorhea State Park and swam in spring fed the pool, which we had to ourselves that morning. The San Solomon Spring fed pool was built by the CCC in the 1930s. Before the pool was built the spring emptied into a natural cienega, or desert wetland. Now, two man-made cienegas support and abundance of wildlife including birds and even two species of endangered, native fish. Shortly after our visit, the pool underwent its annual cleaning. During the cleaning, workers found structural damage to the concrete walls under the diving board. The pool is now closed indefinitely while officials assess the damage and determine if it can be repaired. If you’ve ever been to Balmorhea, if you’ve ever wanted to go, or you just like the idea of swimming in the largest spring fed pool in the world and helping to protect wildlife, please consider donating to the cause. Maybe the best way to do this is to attend one of Garrison Brothers Distillery’s Balmorhea Blue events. Check out www.garrisonbros.com/balmorhea-blue for more information. (Note: I am not affiliated with the state park or the distillery, I just like Texas and bourbon, a lot 🐂🥃🏊‍♂️.)
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Red-winged Blackbird | Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX | 05/03/2018
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#your_best_birds #nuts_about_birds #bestbirdshots #bb_of_ig #kings_birds #bird_brilliance #eye_spy_birds #bns_birds #feather_perfection #birds_adored #thebirdingsquad #birdsandblooms #birds_illife #sassy_birds #birds_captures #nature_worldwide_birds #ip_birds #total_birds #audubon #birdwatching #birdsoftexas #texasparksandwildlife #TXStateParks #balmorheastatepark #sansolomonsprings #transpecos #blackbird #redwingedblackbird
🎶 I’m singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain 🎶 ___________________________________________ Red-winged Black are common across most all of North America. Found in marshes and other wetland areas during the breeding season, males spend most of their time singing loudly and defending their territories. This particular male was taking an early morning bath under a sprinkler. ___________________________________________ On our way to Big Bend we stopped at Balmorhea State Park and swam in spring fed the pool, which we had to ourselves that morning. The San Solomon Spring fed pool was built by the CCC in the 1930s. Before the pool was built the spring emptied into a natural cienega, or desert wetland. Now, two man-made cienegas support and abundance of wildlife including birds and even two species of endangered, native fish. Shortly after our visit, the pool underwent its annual cleaning. During the cleaning, workers found structural damage to the concrete walls under the diving board. The pool is now closed indefinitely while officials assess the damage and determine if it can be repaired. If you’ve ever been to Balmorhea, if you’ve ever wanted to go, or you just like the idea of swimming in the largest spring fed pool in the world and helping to protect wildlife, please consider donating to the cause. Maybe the best way to do this is to attend one of Garrison Brothers Distillery’s Balmorhea Blue events. Check out www.garrisonbros.com/balmorhea-blue for more information. (Note: I am not affiliated with the state park or the distillery, I just like Texas and bourbon, a lot 🐂🥃🏊‍♂️.) ___________________________________________ Red-winged Blackbird | Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX | 05/03/2018 . . . #your_best_birds  #nuts_about_birds  #bestbirdshots  #bb_of_ig  #kings_birds  #bird_brilliance  #eye_spy_birds  #bns_birds  #feather_perfection  #birds_adored  #thebirdingsquad  #birdsandblooms  #birds_illife  #sassy_birds  #birds_captures  #nature_worldwide_birds  #ip_birds  #total_birds  #audubon  #birdwatching  #birdsoftexas  #texasparksandwildlife  #TXStateParks  #balmorheastatepark  #sansolomonsprings  #transpecos  #blackbird  #redwingedblackbird 
If you haven’t heard, the pool at our our nearby sister park @balmorheastatepark is unfortunately closed until further notice due to critical structural repairs. 😥
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But while you can’t soak in Balmorhea’s pristine spring fed waters, you CAN soak up the sunshine and mile high views at our park just 33 miles away. Just take a seat right here. 😎
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#txstateparks #cccparks #balmorheastatepark #davismountainssatepark
If you haven’t heard, the pool at our our nearby sister park @balmorheastatepark is unfortunately closed until further notice due to critical structural repairs. 😥 • But while you can’t soak in Balmorhea’s pristine spring fed waters, you CAN soak up the sunshine and mile high views at our park just 33 miles away. Just take a seat right here. 😎 • #txstateparks  #cccparks  #balmorheastatepark  #davismountainssatepark 
🗣👋 hey y'all. In about four weeks we're heading back to Colorado from Austin. We take a particular scenic slower route that we've done on a few occasions now and we look forward to it every time. We'd love to share the experience of the gems that lie on this stretch of road with some friendly folk. If you feel like coming to any stop or region, let us know. All lifestyles welcome! Let's get rich in conversation and memories!

Here is the itinerary:

June 4 /// Garner State Park TX - paddleboarding/swimming/rope-swinging on a calm pristine section of the Frio River and hiking up Old Baldy for 360 views during the juiciest sunset #garnerstatepark 
June 5 /// Balmorhea State Park TX - diving in the worlds largest artesian spring-fed pool w/ Caribbean-esque deep clear waters and swimming with rare species of wildlife in the middle of a remote desert area #balmorheastatepark 
June 6 /// White Sands National Monument NM - bare feet pleasure in a bright smooth magical landscape that surrounds you for miles. #whitesandsnationalmonument 
June 7 /// Cebolla Mesa NM - this day mainly serves to break up our trip into shorter drives. There is still amazing scenery and things to do, but it isn't quite a highlight. We'd likely stop in Santa Fe or Taos on the way to our dispersed camping down a dirt road on the edge of a canyon, maybe have an epic bonfire at night. 
June 8 /// Vallecito Lake CO - The San Juan Mountains just outside of Durango. Large peaceful body of water. Pine trees. Camping on the shore. Need I say more? #vallecitolake 
#camping #roadtrip #summer2018 #epic #swimming #hiking #stargazing #themountainsarecalling #joinus
🗣👋 hey y'all. In about four weeks we're heading back to Colorado from Austin. We take a particular scenic slower route that we've done on a few occasions now and we look forward to it every time. We'd love to share the experience of the gems that lie on this stretch of road with some friendly folk. If you feel like coming to any stop or region, let us know. All lifestyles welcome! Let's get rich in conversation and memories! Here is the itinerary: June 4 /// Garner State Park TX - paddleboarding/swimming/rope-swinging on a calm pristine section of the Frio River and hiking up Old Baldy for 360 views during the juiciest sunset #garnerstatepark  June 5 /// Balmorhea State Park TX - diving in the worlds largest artesian spring-fed pool w/ Caribbean-esque deep clear waters and swimming with rare species of wildlife in the middle of a remote desert area #balmorheastatepark  June 6 /// White Sands National Monument NM - bare feet pleasure in a bright smooth magical landscape that surrounds you for miles. #whitesandsnationalmonument  June 7 /// Cebolla Mesa NM - this day mainly serves to break up our trip into shorter drives. There is still amazing scenery and things to do, but it isn't quite a highlight. We'd likely stop in Santa Fe or Taos on the way to our dispersed camping down a dirt road on the edge of a canyon, maybe have an epic bonfire at night. June 8 /// Vallecito Lake CO - The San Juan Mountains just outside of Durango. Large peaceful body of water. Pine trees. Camping on the shore. Need I say more? #vallecitolake  #camping  #roadtrip  #summer2018  #epic  #swimming  #hiking  #stargazing  #themountainsarecalling  #joinus 
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. The #Balmorhea pool emptied for cleaning.
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. The #Balmorhea  pool emptied for cleaning.
Post-hike dip at #Balmorhea. A balm for the muscles and the mind. 💦
Post-hike dip at #Balmorhea . A balm for the muscles and the mind. 💦
Officially scuba certified! Couldn’t be any happier! Will post some GoPro footage today or tomorrow 😊 #scuba #scubadiving #balmorheastatepark #gopro #mcdonaldsobservatory #starparty
Finished our #Naui Open water scuba diver Certification today at #Balmorhea ! Great weekend with great friends!
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#scubadiving #scuba #texasdiving #balmorheastatepark #westtexas #openwaterdiver #padi #dive #divethedesert
Went and did some diving today at #balmorheastatepark actually seen a group of free divers? Their technique was kinda awkward though. #freedive #freediving #freedivetexas #divethedesert
Road trippin with these ladies! Balmorhea State Park here we come!  Add me on snapchat for some photos when we get there 😉 bmiller6993🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♀️ #scubadiving #roadtrippin #balmorheastatepark #swimming #snapchat #texasbound
Our high school students are heading off for our annual end-of-year cross-curricular field trip. This is one of the highlights to our year and one that our teachers and staff have taken much time and energy to plan. As part of our Extended Learning Program, our high school students are traveling to West Texas! They will visit Ft. Davis, go to a Twilight Program and Star Party at the McDonald Observatory, hike at Balmorhea State Park, and hopefully see the Marfa Lights! #crosscurricular #westtexas #ftdavis #balmorheastatepark #marfalights #bulverde
Our high school students are heading off for our annual end-of-year cross-curricular field trip. This is one of the highlights to our year and one that our teachers and staff have taken much time and energy to plan. As part of our Extended Learning Program, our high school students are traveling to West Texas! They will visit Ft. Davis, go to a Twilight Program and Star Party at the McDonald Observatory, hike at Balmorhea State Park, and hopefully see the Marfa Lights! #crosscurricular  #westtexas  #ftdavis  #balmorheastatepark  #marfalights  #bulverde 
Our first time to @balmorheastatepark!
We swam and dove and let the fish nibble our dried and worn bodies from climbing.

We are rejuvenated!

Onward to Austin!

#climberslife #adventurerslife #boulderinglife #trucklife #roadtrips #roadtriplife #maybevanlife #dowhatyoulovelovewhatyoudo #dowhatmakesyouhappy #dontworryabouttherest #dontbescaredyourwholelife #adventurewiththeoneyoulove #lifeisgood #thedopestofmethods #theillestoftechniques #balmorheastatepark
i’ve always said that my friends are my chosen family, and this past weekend is a perfect example of this sentiment. our dear boy, @wallacewashere turned the big 4-0, and we went out west to celebrate his beautiful life. the fort davis mountains provided the most perfect setting for our celebration- a million beautiful memories were made, that i will cherish, always. God bless texas, forever ❤️
i’ve always said that my friends are my chosen family, and this past weekend is a perfect example of this sentiment. our dear boy, @wallacewashere turned the big 4-0, and we went out west to celebrate his beautiful life. the fort davis mountains provided the most perfect setting for our celebration- a million beautiful memories were made, that i will cherish, always. God bless texas, forever ❤️
Balmorhea State Park - cool spring pool, serenading coyotes, and the Davis Mountains.
Balmorhea State Park - cool spring pool, serenading coyotes, and the Davis Mountains.
Balmorhea State Park - swim with the fish in this natural spring pool at a delicious ~60 degrees and camp out with the Davis Mountains in the background.
Balmorhea State Park - swim with the fish in this natural spring pool at a delicious ~60 degrees and camp out with the Davis Mountains in the background.