Helotes is a small town just outside San Antonio city limits known for its rural ambiance, but the rapid growth of San Antonio has threatened Helotes’ quiet way of life and elevated an ongoing debate about development.
My project “Cowboys & Cul-de-Sacs” began as an assignment for the San Antonio Express-News in 2007, and later became a personal project. I spent time in Helotes over the course of close to two years trying to tell the story of a community that might be mistaken by casual Hill Country tourists for a standard suburb.
In this photo, Jenna Hunt, 9, lets Khazar, the horse she’s been riding, roll in the sand before putting him in the stable for the night at Helotes’ Esperanza Farm on Thursday, March 1, 2007. “We just came out here for country living,” Hunt’s mother, Susan, said.