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Exhibit, book take look underwater at Barton Springs

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 4, 2013

If you want to take a dip in Barton Springs without getting wet, check out the “Submerged” exhibit of underwater photos at the pool’s Sheffield Education Center.

The photos and visits, culled from those submitted to the exhibit’s organizers, come from all perspectives, and were taken by everyone from professional photographers to kids. It runs through Oct. 6.

And if you like the exhibit, you might like a new self-published book by Martha Grenon.

Grenon swims at Barton Springs daily, year round, and she’s done so since 2008. The self-published book compiles photos from her visits to the urban oasis during the last two years.

I love the book’s introduction, in which she writes:

“Before I get in, I sit near the edge of the pool and let the power of the waters flow through me. Without getting wet, I can feel that first plunge into the 70-degree water, the inward gasp, sometimes a silent scream, and then oneness with the flowing springs. This is the one true thing in my life. If I can come here every morning and immerse myself in this liquid, then I am okay for the rest of the day.”

Genon sells her 40-page book for $20. She’s at Barton Springs at about 7:30 a.m. most days and brings copies with her then. The book is also available online at