Travel & Outdoors

Capturing a West Texas Winter Wonderland

Austin-based photographer Nick Simonite has been shooting around West Texas since 2002 and usually heads west every few months. Traveling between Marfa and Alpine, the San Antonio native captured the next few winter scenes on the first day of the year.

Photograph by Nick Simonite

Now that the sun is out, it’s easy to forget the recent sub-freezing temperatures around the state, like in areas of West Texas where temperatures dropped below twenty degrees on New Year’s Day. Photographers, both locals and visitors alike, spent the first few days of the year in West Texas capturing the stark winter-white beauty around Marfa, Alpine, and Big Bend for striking results that we have gathered for this gallery of West Texas winter scenes. We talked to each one about some of their favorite photos.

Tags: Travel, Alpine, El Cosmico, Jennifer Boomer, Marfa, Nick Simonite, Penny de los Santos, Rowdy Dugan, West Texas Snow, West Texas Winter