“If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads.” Thatʼs a line from a Beatles song. Few people know it, but itʼs a good song and Iʼd recommend it if youʼre not familiar with it. Today, it has been playing in my head a lot as Iʼve watched a steady drizzle, a downpour at times, from the window of my cabin near Caddo Lake in east Texas. Iʼm here on another photo excursion in the swamps, bald cypress trees, Spanish moss, and fall colors. Iʼm with my buddy Dan and weʼve “run to hide our heads” as the rain fills the lake and the bayous around us. Our cabin is right next to the water atop 10-feet tall stilts just in case the rain overwhelms the lake. This is not going to happen while weʼre here, but it reminds you of what life can be like in the bayous of east Texas and Louisiana. Water seems to define this area. I think fishing is the predominant outdoor activity, but hunting is also popular.
In a very real way, we are here hunting and fishing as well, only for images. This area is magnificent! Peaceful, calm, creepy, and eerie all at the same time. Throw in the added dimension of handling a camera and tripod in a kayak and waders, and it is also a very exciting experience. Except when you “run and hide your head” in the rain like we are right now. But weʼre dry and safe and have full bellies, so all is good.
As I write this, the rain is subsiding, and the weather forecast calls for cooler temperatures tonight and tomorrow (much colder in fact below freezing!). Our hope is that the cool temperatures will create the holy grail of bald cypress tree images: fog! Mist to be more accurate. Our fingers are crossed that tomorrow and the day after will yield some treasured mist on the surface of the water. And hopefully we will keep our fingers crossed and warm at the same time! Regardless of the conditions, we are going to have a good time and create some images that we like, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please enjoy this image from my first trip onto the water yesterday. Seeing this image makes me smile and think of last line of the Beatles song, which reminds us that weather is just a state of mind, “Can you hear me that when it rains and shines, itʼs just a state of mind. Can you hear me?”
Happy Veterans Day!