Category Archives: Nature

As many of you know, I attend Texas State University in San Marcos; the heart of Texas in the Hill Country. Ever since I became passionate about photography, I have always loved photographing nature and everything it has to offer. But recently I have realized it is slowly disappearing right before our eyes and unfortunately, not much is being done about it. Just a little fun fact: San Marcos is currently the fastest growing city in the United States. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Texas and is well known for the San Marcos River flowing through Texas State University’s campus. Texas State can hardly regulate the abundance of students applying each Spring because there just isn’t enough room for the large number of students moving to San Marcos so quickly. Many new apartment complexes currently being built are six months behind their date of completion. Hundreds of Texas State students have been living in hotels because the complexes couldn’t meet completion deadlines. The city is just growing too fast for people to handle. I’m happy so many students are eager to move to San Marcos to go to college and experience all that it has to offer. However, it is also unfortunate because so much of the beautiful land in this city and on the river is being sold as future sites of student housing. I have been living in San Marcos since 2011 and have seen the city and river change drastically.

I grew up on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers in New Braunfels and it wasn’t until I got out of high school that I had even heard of the San Marcos River. I wonder now why my family never wanted to go there instead of New Braunfels. The San Marcos River is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever experienced. There is just no other river like it. Maybe its because both the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers are so commercialized that I appreciate the peace of the San Marcos River more. I don’t know. But living in San Marcos for the last few years has made me appreciate nature overall more than I ever have in my life. Seeing the city of San Marcos and what it’s known for change so quickly is a little heartbreaking. This change persuaded me to start photographing some of the most peaceful and isolated spots on the river while I still can. Because soon, they will be gone and will never be the same. The popular spot known as Thompson’s Island has already changed so much in such a short period of time. Once accompanied by Cape’s Camp, the site will soon be accompanied by a five story river front apartment complex. Many locals fought to oppose it but were sadly overruled. I think what saddens me the most are the people who were raised in San Marcos and are still current residents, are going against what they once stood for. Money is now the ruler in this city. Money over nature. And there isn’t a whole lot that the locals who do care and want to see a change for the better can do about it. I will always love San Marcos and call it home, but it’s heartbreaking to see it and all of it’s wonders slowly disappear all because of money. It reminds me of the song They Call It The Hill Country by Randy Rogers.

They call it the hill country, I call it beautiful
I’d call it progress if it could be saved
They call it the hill country I call it home
But what will they call it
When it’s levelled and paved?

Below are images I took one day of the San Marcos River. I purchased a neutral density lens filter specifically for these kind of photos and decided to put it to good use. I woke up November 18th at 6:00 am to catch the steam rising above the water on the river after a cold front came in. I spent a few hours at Rio Vista, Thompson’s Island, and at Headwaters. I finished this collection at noon. These images are some of my most prized possessions and will remain some of my favorites I have ever taken. These reflect what I will always see the river as, and I can only pray that it stays this way. If you ever have the chance to visit San Marcos, be sure to visit the river and all it has to offer. It’s truly a gem of Texas and something that deserves to be preserved and taken care of. There is no other river like it. These photos are available for purchase. Please comment or fill out a contact form to receive information on pricing. I have received a ton of feedback on this collection and quite a few requests to sell prints. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

-Preslie

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Being a photographer, I tend to really analyze things visually and really try hard to find the beauty in everything. For example, last Thursday while walking through the Quad on campus I was given a carnation from a complete stranger wishing me a Happy Early Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t having such a great day but that little act of kindness turned my entire day around. I started taking pictures of it on my iPhone, admiring how beautiful this simple little flower was. I mean, it was just a dinky carnation… the ones you can pay a dollar for at school to secretly send someone on Valentine’s Day. I don’t know if it was the fact that out of hundreds of people walking through campus, I was given the carnation, or the realization of how pretty it actually was once I started photographing it that made me love it. I decided to stop with the “iPhoneography” and wait until I got home to whip out my amazing macro lens to truly capture the beauty of the carnation.

When I got home, I opened the blinds to the huge windows I have in my apartment to let the sunlight in. I filled a vase with water and put the carnation inside. I moved my coffee table close to the window, laid down a piece of white bristol board, and set the vase and carnation on top. I took pictures from all different angles of the vase and carnation. I even photographed the drops of condensation on the outside of the vase. I couldn’t be happier with the images of this carnation. Even a week later, the carnation is still in my window sill with an even fuller bloom than it had when it was given to me.

If you don’t already, stop and appreciate the little things. And try to find the beauty within… Even if it is something as simple as a carnation.

-Preslie

One of the many things I love about the bay is all of the beautiful wildlife.

I took advantage of the cool sunny weather and went “subject hunting” for a school project for my black and white film photography class.

Pelicans are my all time favorite bird! I love their colors, and love how humble and calm they seem. I wasn’t planning on bringing my Canon with me but was so glad I did because I have never been able to get good pictures of them before elsewhere. Photographing these beautiful birds was much fun.

Enjoy! (:

-Preslie

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