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September 2011 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: State Parks

Mountains. Plains. Desert. The Gulf of Mexico. Texas is like a whole other country.

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    Shelly Carpenter’s family literally hung out—and hung on—at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg. Carpenter, a United Cooperative Services member, said everyone had a great time exploring the huge, pink, granite dome of Enchanted Rock, one of the largest batholiths (an underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the U.S.
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    Dixon Matlock, a member of Central Texas Electric Coopera­tive, scratched off an item on his 77-year-old father’s bucket list when he and his brother grabbed their dad and made a boys’ road trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Canyon.
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    Russell Dickerson Jr., 14, takes his sled for a spin at Monahans Sandhills State Park in West Texas as fellow Boy Scouts from Abilene’s Troop 206 await their turns. His dad, Russell Dickerson Sr., is a Taylor Electric Cooperative member.
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    Each fall and spring, Bryan Texas Utilities member Mark Garton takes his boys camping at Fort Parker State Park near Mexia. Garton says his sons both caught their first fish at the park.
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    Jaime Gammill and her boyfriend, Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative member Glen Fox, sent in this hauntingly beautiful photo of an afternoon at Caddo Lake State Park near Karnack.
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    Rio Grande Electric Cooperative member D.J. Sanders snapped this shot of her grandson Ty Savage goofing off as he leaps off the diving board at Balmorhea State Park near Balmorhea in far West Texas.
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    Perched atop Big Hill in Big Bend Ranch State Park near Terlingua, San Bernard Electric Cooperative member Thomas Pesek gives us a view of the Rio Grande running through the haunting and desolate landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert.
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    CoServ Electric member Martha Greene takes us on a beautifully spooky trip through Caddo Lake State Park.
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    This rock formation underneath a waterfall at Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park near Lampasas looks deceptively like a gorilla when water is falling over it. Pedernales Electric Cooperative member Madonna Kimball says you can’t see the image when the falls are dry.
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    “One of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen,” Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative member Charles Hahn said of this photo he snapped at Davis Mountains State Park near Fort Davis. “What a great state park.”
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    Bandera Electric Cooperative member Bill Anderson sent us this scene from the Devils River State Natural Area near Del Rio, a unique preserve at the junction of the Chihuahuan Desert to the west, the Hill Country to the east and the Tamaulipan Brushlands of Mexico to the south.
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    KEEP GARNER WILD! Zyle Nance, son of Pedernales Electric Cooperative member Michelle Nance, entertains floaters on the Frio River in Garner State Park near Concan.
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    Bandera Electric Cooperative member Kari Wilkins snapped this shot on her first camping trip to Garner State Park with her husband, Dwayne, in October 2008.
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    “Hot-air balloons can be found in the sky over Palo Duro Canyon in late October, making Palo Duro a state park fun all year-round,” said Lighthouse and South Plains electric cooperatives member Don Brown.
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    Bryan Texas Utilities member Kim Sykes said she and her husband, Frank, love to camp in Tyler State Park near Tyler. “It’s a beautiful little lake surrounded by East Texas woods,” she said.

I saw miles and miles of Texas, all the stars up in the sky.
I saw miles and miles of Texas, gonna live here ’til I die.’


Lyrics from ‘Miles and Miles of Texas’ by Tommy Camfield and Diane Johnston

Mountains. Plains. Canyons. Rivers. Lakes. Deserts. The Gulf of Mexico. The landscape of Texas is so diverse, it’s no wonder folks say it’s like a whole other country. With the fall camping season swinging into gear, it’s the perfect time to pay homage to our 93 unique state parks at which we can hike, camp, catch a fish or simply kick back and relax.