Perhaps I felt I had unfinished
business in the bayous of East Texas, or maybe I just relished the
opportunity to spend time with these two lovely friends. Normal girlfriends do
spa days and shopping, but we prefer pulling on waders and paddling kayaks in
the pre-dawn dark. That sounds great, right?
I found myself in search of new ways of looking at the
breathtaking Spanish moss - draped cypress trees, hoping to create some
original work. Some of my ideas required fog (mist in East Texas
vernacular), and in its absence during this unseasonably warm week I tried other
I pulled out the wide angle lens a bit and did some different compositions.
When it was deeply overcast we all focused on
details. I’m often too impatient for wildlife photography, but the
green tree frogs were kind enough to be still for me.
Sometimes there are small subjects that convey mood, like this
lone hydrophobic water lily leaf.
Reflections of the trees in the water can be spectacular, but
sometimes distracting flotsam intrudes. I hated to be repetitive as
well, so I found myself looking for other foregrounds, like lily pads and these
tiny floating heart flowers. Unfortunately, they’re invasive
in Texas. I was willing to forgive them and was enchanted.
Any excuse will do for black and white images, but the drama of
the swamps suits particularly well.