Forums > Off-Topic Discussion > Texas Only Legal Nude Beach! "Lake Travis." OMG!

Photographer

John Edward

Posts: 2462

Dallas, Texas, US

Like Sgt Friday always says, "Just The Facts Maam, Just the Facts."

The fact is, it's not a beach, there's no sand, just a bunch of rocks, ending in mud, depending on the lakes level.

The "lake," is "Lake Travis," named after a Texas Hero. However it's not really a lake, it's just a damned up river, who's level varies widely.

The proper name of the beach is McGregor State Park. But even the State of Texas, admits it's better known as "Hippie Hollow."

Since it is a "State Park," the State of Texas, has all kinds of signs advising the Visitors, about the rules and regulations.

It is "Locally," Well Known, throughout the entire State of Texas.

Should you not be aware of that fact, it's the only State Park, in the State of Texas, that requires you to be over 18 to enter.

Should you miss all these "Hints." When you first enter the park, the first thing you see at the end of the walkway from the parking lot, is the first bathroom.

My Avatar is that wall, and the signs on that wall, on that bathroom.

So, there is no way in hell, that anybody accidently, walks in there, not knowing what is going on.

I've done photo shoots there, it's cool that you can have a model outdoors, Nekkid, with no problems, but the lighting is tricky as hell.

Another thing that's "tricky as hell," is what to wear?

Usually, with a regular model, I kept my shorts on, and everybody was happy. But with some models, usually the ones doing their first shoot, they said, "hey, if I'm getting naked, you are too."

Rule Number One: Whatever the model asks, within reason, humor her.

Hell, I'm not shy, what the Hell.

Rule number Two: if some guy, thinks you brought a girl out to the park, just to pretend take pictures of her, while you have all your clothes on, just so you can take pictures of his wife/girlfriend in the background with a zoom lens...

Him, and is friends, may decide to "Watercheck," your camera gear.

So, I can understand why a photographer might choose to get nekkid.

Even Knowing that the ratio of bulls, to heifers is 85 to 15 on a good day, and if anybody is gonna get ogled, it's probably the naked guy.

Not saying it's a gay hangout, but...

I too have "Suffered," for my art.

And there's two ways to look at things.

Oct 04 12 07:05 pm Link

Photographer

Greg Kolack

Posts: 17842

Downers Grove, Illinois, US

I've heard about this place.

Its relatively close to San Antonio, right? Like 60 - 90 minutes away, right?

Sound like an interesting place to shoot.

Oct 04 12 07:52 pm Link

Photographer

T Brown

Posts: 2460

Traverse City, Michigan, US

I am feeling very enlightened.....

Oct 04 12 07:54 pm Link

Photographer

Charger Photography

Posts: 1720

San Antonio, Texas, US

From Comfort and Boerne Texas is like 35 minutes away !!!!

Oct 04 12 07:58 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38564

Portland, Oregon, US

You had me scared at the word "Texas"

Oct 04 12 07:59 pm Link

Photographer

Greg Kolack

Posts: 17842

Downers Grove, Illinois, US

DougBPhoto wrote:
You had me scared at the word "Texas"

I see what you did there.

Oct 05 12 07:21 am Link

Photographer

Garry k

Posts: 27233

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Yeehaw !

Oct 05 12 07:23 am Link

Photographer

A M Johnson

Posts: 8024

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Interesting alternate perspective.

Oct 05 12 07:27 am Link

Model

DivaEroticus

Posts: 14716

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

I like nude beaches/parks/lakes/houses/McDonald's/supermarkets/other.

Oct 05 12 08:17 am Link

Photographer

Frank Lewis Photography

Posts: 12628

Winter Park, Florida, US

Hippie Hollow has been around for a long time. The area has a tradition of nude use. The signs, however, show the ignorance people have when it comes to social nudity. Too bad.

Oct 05 12 08:27 am Link

Model

DivaEroticus

Posts: 14716

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Frank Lewis Photography wrote:
Hippie Hollow has been around for a long time. The area has a tradition of nude use. The signs, however, show the ignorance people have when it comes to social nudity. Too bad.

Many people are ignorant of how to handle nudity...sign or no sign.

Oct 05 12 08:37 am Link

Photographer

Good Egg Productions

Posts: 15715

Orlando, Florida, US

DivaEroticus wrote:

Many people are ignorant of how to handle nudity...sign or no sign.

You could have stopped right there.

Oct 05 12 08:39 am Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36710

Columbus, Ohio, US

Good Egg Productions wrote:

You could have stopped right there.

This

Oct 05 12 09:12 am Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36710

Columbus, Ohio, US

John Edward wrote:
Like Sgt Friday always says, "Just The Facts Maam, Just the Facts."

The fact is, it's not a beach, there's no sand, just a bunch of rocks, ending in mud, depending on the lakes level.

The "lake," is "Lake Travis," named after a Texas Hero. However it's not really a lake, it's just a damned up river, who's level varies widely.

The proper name of the beach is McGregor State Park. But even the State of Texas, admits it's better known as "Hippie Hollow."

Since it is a "State Park," the State of Texas, has all kinds of signs advising the Visitors, about the rules and regulations.

It is "Locally," Well Known, throughout the entire State of Texas.

Should you not be aware of that fact, it's the only State Park, in the State of Texas, that requires you to be over 18 to enter.

Should you miss all these "Hints." When you first enter the park, the first thing you see at the end of the walkway from the parking lot, is the first bathroom.

My Avatar is that wall, and the signs on that wall, on that bathroom.

So, there is no way in hell, that anybody accidently, walks in there, not knowing what is going on.

I've done photo shoots there, it's cool that you can have a model outdoors, Nekkid, with no problems, but the lighting is tricky as hell.

Another thing that's "tricky as hell," is what to wear?

Usually, with a regular model, I kept my shorts on, and everybody was happy. But with some models, usually the ones doing their first shoot, they said, "hey, if I'm getting naked, you are too."

Rule Number One: Whatever the model asks, within reason, humor her.


Hell, I'm not shy, what the Hell.

Rule number Two: if some guy, thinks you brought a girl out to the park, just to pretend take pictures of her, while you have all your clothes on, just so you can take pictures of his wife/girlfriend in the background with a zoom lens...

Him, and is friends, may decide to "Watercheck," your camera gear.

So, I can understand why a photographer might choose to get nekkid.

Even Knowing that the ratio of bulls, to heifers is 85 to 15 on a good day, and if anybody is gonna get ogled, it's probably the naked guy.

Not saying it's a gay hangout, but...

I too have "Suffered," for my art.

And there's two ways to look at things.

So you admittedly do model shoots while nude, under the pretense that the model gave you permission?

Oct 05 12 09:14 am Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

One might say that 'The writing is on the wall.'  smile

Oct 05 12 09:18 am Link

Artist/Painter

ernst tischler

Posts: 15188

Cut and Shoot, Texas, US

There are a number of beaches along the Texas coast where nudes can be shot without problems with the law...you just have to be smart about it.

Oct 05 12 09:20 am Link

Photographer

Skydancer Photos

Posts: 21926

Santa Cruz, California, US

I think it's pretty simple. If I take a model to a nude/clothing optional beach for a shoot... 1) the model is informed about it beforehand, and agrees; 2) we're shooting nudes, to which the model was informed about and agreed; 3) If we are shooting clothed shots... well, that just seems like the wrong place to bring a model. If at that point she questions my intentions, that would make sense.

If I take my clothes off without the model's permission or some other sort of mutual understanding of where we are and what we are doing (I've shot at clothing optional locations before)... well, that's on me, and not some unspoken expectation that she should read all the signs upon arrival AND then expect to find me nekkid when she returns from changing.

wink

Oct 05 12 09:26 am Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36710

Columbus, Ohio, US

Skydancer Photos wrote:
wink

Does that old guy with the white hair/beard still ride around Santa Cruz naked on his bicycle?

Oct 05 12 09:33 am Link

Photographer

Skydancer Photos

Posts: 21926

Santa Cruz, California, US

Cherrystone wrote:
Does that old guy with the white hair/beard still ride around Santa Cruz naked on his bicycle?

I'm not sure about that guy, but we do have a lot of colorful characters here. smile

/jack

Oct 05 12 09:45 am Link

Model

DivaEroticus

Posts: 14716

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Skydancer Photos wrote:

I'm not sure about that guy, but we do have a lot of colorful characters here. smile

/jack

Were you jacking thinking about the naked guy on his bicycle?

Oct 05 12 12:17 pm Link

Model

DivaEroticus

Posts: 14716

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Good Egg Productions wrote:

You could have stopped right there.

:smirk:

Oct 05 12 12:17 pm Link

Photographer

John Edward

Posts: 2462

Dallas, Texas, US

Cherrystone wrote:
So you admittedly do model shoots while nude, under the pretense that the model gave you permission?

There's a difference between Giving Permission, and a Reasonable Request.

The fact is, "I've never asked, if I could." But I have been asked to.

Either way, I don't care, other than, it's tough trying to keep track of two sets of JUNK while shooting, LOL.

The "POINT," I was making, is that I can see where a photographer shooting at that location, might choose to be nude, to go along with the crowd, so to speak, rather than risk, being labeled, as one of those guys.

And if you walk around McGregor State park, with a camera, and all your clothes on, you are risking having your gear checked for being watertight. And then there was that guy a while back, who went to jail, for trying to be stealthy.

I see most of ya'll get "it."

Oct 05 12 01:09 pm Link

Photographer

Eros Fine Art Photo

Posts: 2600

Torrance, California, US

Wait...did someone just "out" the now infamous lake?

By the way, I Googled images of "Hippie Hollow Lake"...

Big mistake.  Yep, pretty much a sausagefest.  lol

Oct 05 12 01:20 pm Link

Photographer

Frank Lewis Photography

Posts: 12628

Winter Park, Florida, US

Eros Fine Art Photo wrote:
Wait...did someone just "out" the now infamous lake?

By the way, I Googled images of "Hippie Hollow Lake"...

Big mistake.  Yep, pretty much a sausagefest.  lol

Yeah. You're usually much better off attending an http://www.aanr.com/ sanctioned club.

Oct 05 12 03:39 pm Link

Photographer

S W I N S K E Y

Posts: 24315

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

John Edward wrote:
But with some llamas, usually the ones doing their first shoot, they said, "hey, if I'm getting naked, you are too."

i call bullshit

http://i.imgur.com/m8TQi.png

Oct 05 12 03:50 pm Link

Photographer

netmodel

Posts: 6786

Austin, Texas, US

I love hippie hollow! It's a great place to go for swimming, nude or not. No kids! Ya!

Oct 05 12 05:51 pm Link

Photographer

Darkness Overcomes Me

Posts: 1077

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Eros Fine Art Photo wrote:
Wait...did someone just "out" the now infamous lake?

By the way, I Googled images of "Hippie Hollow Lake"...

Big mistake.  Yep, pretty much a sausagefest.  lol

Is a sausage fest anything like a "lemon party"?

Oct 05 12 05:59 pm Link

Photographer

John Edward

Posts: 2462

Dallas, Texas, US

S W I N S K E Y wrote:

i call bullshit

I think you're just jealous because your hanging chad didn't get a vote, LOL!

Oct 05 12 06:22 pm Link

Photographer

Greg Kolack

Posts: 17842

Downers Grove, Illinois, US

Eros Fine Art Photo wrote:
Wait...did someone just "out" the now infamous lake?

So can a Mod clarify if mentioning a location is outing and a briggable offense...?

Oct 05 12 09:44 pm Link

Photographer

figurativearts

Posts: 5723

Cottonwood, Arizona, US

wasn't there a thread about this from the model's perspective?

Oct 05 12 10:01 pm Link

Model

DivaEroticus

Posts: 14716

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

figurativearts wrote:
wasn't there a thread about this from the model's perspective?

Was there?  :blink:

Oct 05 12 10:04 pm Link

Model

Svetlana Muerte

Posts: 914

Austin, Texas, US

The beaches are public property in Texas. You don't need to go to Hippie Hollow to achieve your goals. Just keep driving/walking until you find a secluded spot. You can drive quite a ways away from the population/visitor areas.

I'll say though, if you are traveling from another state, it might be best to stick to Hippie Hollow in Austin for your own peace of mind.

And as far as it being as sausage-fest: I thought you were photographing your model....

Oct 05 12 10:08 pm Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

figurativearts wrote:
wasn't there a thread about this from the model's perspective?

Noooo, ... I don't think so.

*Wait let me just go and check the Brigg. smile

Oct 06 12 01:05 am Link

Photographer

Hill Country Vision

Posts: 91

Brownwood, Texas, US

Frank Lewis Photography wrote:
Yeah. You're usually much better off attending an http://www.aanr.com/ sanctioned club.

I've shot at Hippie Hollow Park for several years and some of the pictures from there are in my portfolio.  It was perfect for me as a naturist and photographer.  I could go there to enjoy the sun and wind on my body as a naturist and for those models that want some "Au Naturale" pictures for their portfolio (nudity is legal there), I was their photographer.  I've got a lifetime membership to the park.  For 2 years in a row (2009 & 2010), I was the  coordinator, photographer & participant in the annual AANR-Hippie Hollow "World Record Skinny Dip".  I even started the "Hippie Hollow Skinny Dippers" group on Yahoo.  The site is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HHSkinnyD … =337909581 .

Oct 08 12 10:11 pm Link

Photographer

Hill Country Vision

Posts: 91

Brownwood, Texas, US

The link to Hippie Hollow Park is:

http://www.hippiehollow.com/

Be sure to click on the "virtual tour"

Oct 11 12 02:36 pm Link

Photographer

Hill Country Vision

Posts: 91

Brownwood, Texas, US

Eros Fine Art Photo wrote:
snip

By the way, I Googled images of "Hippie Hollow Lake"...

Big mistake.  Yep, pretty much a sausagefest.  lol

You must not be a naturist/nudist if you feel that way.  A true naturists/nudists would never describe it that way.  Try it, you'll like it. smile

Oct 11 12 02:48 pm Link

Photographer

R A V E N D R I V E

Posts: 15867

New York, New York, US

AHAAHAHHAAHAHHAA *GIGGLESNORT*

he outted the nude lake, ahahaha, this place never stops entertaining

Oct 11 12 07:00 pm Link

Model

Nicolette

Posts: 12698

Midland, Texas, US

Green belt > hippie hollow.

Oct 11 12 07:09 pm Link

Photographer

Hill Country Vision

Posts: 91

Brownwood, Texas, US

R A V E N D R I V E wrote:
AHAAHAHHAAHAHHAA *GIGGLESNORT*

he outted the nude lake, ahahaha, this place never stops entertaining

The lake isn't nude, the people who go to the park there ARE smile

Oct 11 12 07:13 pm Link

Model

MoRina

Posts: 5817

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

I need to visit Dallas soon.. I will have to make sure to find someone to shoot me naked at the infamous lake while I am in the area.

Oct 11 12 07:14 pm Link