Yellow flower with spotted bug crawling on it

Photos: Bill Reaves/EPA/U.S. National Archives

Bill Reaves, a photographer hired by the EPA for the Documerica Project in the early-to-mid 1970s, set out to photograph flood damage and returned with beautiful photos highlighting the resiliency of Texas wildlife.

Documerica was directed by Gifford D. Hampshire to provide visual documentation of the change in the nation's environmental landscape. Photographers from all over the country captured moments of desolation, pollution and urbanization; but they also came back with glimpses of hope.

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Plant growing between rocks
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Horse in the water
 
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Yellow flower and sunlight
 
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Meadow of flowers
 
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purple flower
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