Sam Houston once opined, “Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has ever blessed my vision”; many in the Lone Star State feel the same way. From the desert mountains in the west to the blackland prairies of central Texas to lush forests and the Coastal Bend area in the east, Texas is just about as diverse in terms of its ecosystems as it is in its people.
A new book by photographer Jay B. Sauceda offers a different perspective on all this: from thousands of feet above the earth. The recently released “A Mile Above” features photographs taken during an almost 4,000-mile circumnavigation of Texas. Sauceda was inspired to put together the book while learning to fly a plane, and he was actually piloting as he took photographs for the book.
“Once you kind of get a plane configured to fly in a direction or in a way, it stays that way, so it’s easier than you would think to take your hands off the wheel for a minute,” Sauceda says.