Texas A&M Press Launches the Book!

Texas A&M Press has officially launched our book: The Nueces River: Río Escondido!

The manuscript has gone through copy editing (thank you Patricia Clabaugh and Laurel Anderson) and is now heading to design.  Bill has finished all the art work and we’ve assembled all the photos. While there is still much to be done, it is, for the most part out of our hands now! If all goes well, we expect to get copies in hand in spring 2017.

For this book Bill created over 25 new paintings of the Nueces River and its denizens. He’s including an additional dozen or so of older works including etchings, paintings and watercolors. The work is gorgeous. (Not that I’m biased or anything.)

With thanks to all our friends who helped make this journey possible!6.1 FPO GreenJays



Espantosa, oil on canvas, 2015

Espantosa, oil on canvas, 36″ x 58″, 2015

Lake Espantosa is an abandoned channel of the nearby Nueces River.  Called a resaca or oxbow lake, Espantosa is now dammed.  There are lots of alligator gar, and quite likely, a number of gators.

Espantosa has strange tales linked to its dark waters that date back to the Spanish explorers who camped near its banks on the first expeditions across what we now call Texas.

Jensie’s thoughts

“Jensie looked at the river. This here was the Nueces, and a prettier river she never did see. Not that old Sabine river they’d crossed to Texas over. That one was worse than a bayou, water thicker than week-old coffee, and the high tangle-rooted mudbanks, and away off on both sides, the salt-grassmarsh. Nor the Trinity, nor the Brazos. Nor the Colorado, neither. The Colorado had reminded Jensie of nothing so much as an old fat-backed water moccasin winding down-country. They’d crossed all those rivers, yes, and more, but this here was the prettiest river she ever did see. It was open to the sun, clear and trickle-tongued, didn’t need to keep no secrets. It was that clear, you could have seen your heart through it. Why, Jensie could see the bottom right from where she sat. And along on both sides, it was a white road, each stone of it scrubbed cleaner than a drinking-gourd by the water and the sun. Road for a king.”

From Rocksprings by R. G. Vliet

The Hudson Review, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 1973)


Herpetology students & Indigo

Herpetology students & Indigo

Margie Crisp & 7′ Indigo Snake in South Texas. Photo by William B. Montgomery, 2014