Gone are the days when the Texas Hill Country was just that — rolling hills as the backdrop to a country way of life, a relatively undeveloped and untouched region of the Lone Star State.

Gone are the days when dark skies were actually dark, longhorns roamed in wide-open fields for miles and miles, and major rivers from the Sabinal to the San Marcos snaked unobstructed through the plains.

Read more from Annie Blanks with San Antonio Express-News here.