Welcome to my gallery featuring photographs from Brownsville, Texas, and the surrounding area.
Brownsville is a photogenic town on the southern border near Mexico. Throughout the town are resacas, or waterways. These naturally formed river channels once diverted floodwaters from the Rio Grande away from the main channel, leaving in their wake secondary channels that reach throughout the city. Today, over 70 river miles of resacas are found in the city of Brownsville, making it a lush and tropical environment.
Brownsville sits on the Texas side of the border, just across the boundary from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The opportunities for photography in this southern town are varied - from stately architecture to the lush and green waterways (resacas) found throughout the town. This southernmost city in the Lone Star state offers a sub-tropical climate year-round with temperatures averaging ~ 75 degrees.
Having its origins as a Mexican War military outpost, recent times have seen Brownsville grow into the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley. The first European families settled the area in 1746, more than 200 years after the first Europeans had visited the area. In the mid 1800s, the Texas Revolution and war with Mexico brought on change. Fort Texas was established along the Rio Grande, and the settlement around the fort was known as Brownsville. The town received its name after US Army Major Jacob Brown died in battle. Founded in 1848, Brownsville became an incorporated town in 1853 and the county seat of Cameron County. Of the city’s 146 square miles, nearly 10% of the area is water, creating many unique perspectives throughout the town.
Just to the northeast of Brownsville lies Port Isabel and South Padre Island, the tourist mecca for those who love sun and sand. However, Brownsville maintains its quiet charm and amazing, authentic Mexican food, yet at the same time is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the Lone Star State.