The arrival was exhilarating, sunny, blue skies, and fantastic scenery. Even before checking into the cabin, I pulled out my camera to capture the vista.
Caddo Lake area has an abundance of cypress trees, plant life, birds and wildlife. Bird watchers have discovered about 240 species of birds at Caddo Lake, and the wetlands forms a crucial part of the migratory route for many species. Sadly, we only saw a few birds. Fishing and hunting are the main recreational activities at Caddo. We heard more gunshots than we saw birds. But, we might have been just unlucky.
As you might know, forest scenes, in general, are difficult scenes to photograph. Dense tree stands, low-light conditions mixed with bright highlights create very busy images, and the many lines give few resting spots for the eye. Photographing in the Big Cypress Bayou was even more challenging. The water level was too high to use a tripod. I ended up shooting hand-held from a moving boat - something you never want to do. On top of it, it was freezing cold on our early morning outings. I could barely operate my camera. But challenges are what makes us grow. And isn't it our job as artists to bring order to chaos? It took me almost two months to really "see" the images, to be able to develop them. What eventually helped, was seeing them large scale on the walls of the virtual gallery I created. You should see it too, for a different experience. The exhibition is titled "Swamp Overture". It displays many of my favorite images from his trip and you can visit it by clicking here. No admission, and you can visit as often as you like.