Sleepless in the Swamp

Sleepless in the Swamp

It’s been a busy time since my last appearance on social media. I’ve been wrapped up in a variety of photography and non-photography projects ranging to work, to teaching, to personal things. Still, in the middle of it all, I’ve managed to get some time with my camera to create some images that I’m really happy with. I’ll share some later. Now, it is 3:30 am. I’m in the east Texas swamps near Caddo Lake to photograph the fall colors. I’ve been awake for 45 minutes and I can’t get back to sleep. You might say I’m sleepless in the swamp. In case you’re not familiar with the location, it’s a beautiful area just on the border of the Atchafalaya River basin that defines a huge network of swamps that cover most of southern portion of Louisiana. It’s a super cool area!

The word swamp conjures deep feelings of creepiness and alligators and bugs and snakes and muck and goo. It’s not really the case, at least here and now and at this time of year. Well, except maybe for the muck and goo. On the contrary, it is a beautiful area filled with color and light and beauty. And if you’re lucky as I was yesterday, there is even the occasional mist on the water. And that is pure magic. I hope you can see what I mean in the image I’ve included here.

I’m here with the incomparable Sapna Reddy. I ran into my friends Marsel and Daniella, too, and even met some new friends along the way. The colors are amazing. Time to get going. What a great time to be a photographer!

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