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Tue Jan 12, 2021, 06:56 PM

Drifting through a Backwater Bayou Cypress Grove



Atchafalaya Basin, Louisana
© 2019 Bo Zarts Studio

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Reply Drifting through a Backwater Bayou Cypress Grove (Original post)
DemoTex Jan 12 OP
judesedit Jan 12 #1
Cracklin Charlie Jan 12 #2
captain queeg Jan 17 #31
Cracklin Charlie Jan 17 #32
MLAA Jan 12 #3
alwaysinasnit Jan 12 #4
Chainfire Jan 12 #5
SergeStorms Jan 12 #6
flamin lib Jan 12 #7
DemoTex Jan 12 #8
azureblue Jan 14 #18
ChazInAz Jan 14 #22
NoRoadUntravelled Jan 14 #21
Karadeniz Jan 12 #9
Dem2theMax Jan 12 #10
SunSeeker Jan 12 #11
azureblue Jan 14 #19
AllaN01Bear Jan 13 #12
trof Jan 13 #13
DemoTex Jan 13 #14
trof Jan 13 #15
burrowowl Jan 13 #16
Livbaker Jan 13 #17
NoRoadUntravelled Jan 14 #20
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 15 #23
DemoTex Jan 16 #25
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 16 #26
Hekate Jan 16 #24
colorado_ufo Jan 16 #27
PatrickforO Jan 16 #28
Swamp Country Po Boy Jan 17 #29
DemoTex Jan 17 #30

Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 06:57 PM

1. I just love Spanish moss

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 06:59 PM

2. Did you fish?

I used to fish with my dad in some cypress lakes and bays. Lovely!

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 10:08 PM

31. Seems like a good place for LM bass, is it?

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #31)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 10:55 PM

32. The cypress bays I went to did have large mouth.

And small mouth bass. We would usually have been fishing for crappie in the cypress bays, cause there are lots of places to snag around all those trees. Light tackle was best, we usually used a cane pole in amongst the trees.

I remember once hooking an alligator gar in a cypress bay that was about three feet long. The hook somehow went right through one of his front fins. I pulled it up to the boat, and screamed. Daddy grabbed the line with one hand, his needle nose pliers with the other, held the fish against the boat, and cut the barb off the hook.

Giant, scary fish swam away, swishing his tail. I still dream about that fish. He may be there yet.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 07:00 PM

3. The water is like glass. Beautiful.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 07:01 PM

4. Just, WOW.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 07:02 PM

5. That is a gorgeous shot. Beautiful subject and work!

I would love a print of it. 40x24, matt, framed in Cypress. (of course) Thank you!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 07:03 PM

6. Beautiful.

Brings back fond memories of my own excursions into various swamps.

Great picture, DemoTex.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 07:21 PM

7. f8 and be there. The creed of the photojournalist.

Sounds simple and easy. "If I were there I could take that picture!"

The only time I have felt in danger of losing my life was in a place like this on Caddo Lake. I had canoed deep into the bayous photographing flora and fauna. It was August, the temp was 104f and the Cypress trees were 50 feet tall. There was no movement in the air. I ran out of water. I began to feel lightheaded and stopped sweating. I thought I might cool off if I got out of the canoe and into the water. The water was as warm as the air. With humidity that close to the water and no air movement there was no evaporation.

I paddled out into the middle of the bayou and was fortunate to encounter a bass boat who shared a bottle of water and towed me back to what passes as civilization in Uncertain, TX.

Yeah, just f8 and be there. The f8 part is easy but being there can kill you.

I admire your work and diligence and determination it takes to 'be there'.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 07:26 PM

8. Thanks! And Caddo Lake is another favorite on mine ..



Caddo Lake
Uncertain, Texas
©2018 Bo Zarts Studio

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 09:38 AM

18. Google

South Louisiana is beautiful. Long time ago I worked in those parts. I like to use Google maps and street view for a bit of a get away. Try searching for Chauvin, LA, Morgan City, La. State road 1 from Golden Meadow on South. And play a bit of Blue Bayou while you do it.

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Response to azureblue (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 10:40 PM

22. Tucsonan, here.

We loves our Linda.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 06:23 PM

21. Beautiful!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:22 PM

9. That is just flat amazing!!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:48 PM

10. Every time I see a DemoTex photograph,

I want to put the place on my bucket list, and make sure I get to see it in person someday.

Yet another stunning photograph. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us. And thank you for transporting us to a different place for a moment. It is much needed and appreciated.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 11:57 PM

11. Gorgeous. I can almost feel the mosquitos landing on my arms.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 09:39 AM

19. and I can feel

three of then trying to carry me away.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:55 AM

12. ohm myyy.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 04:44 PM

13. That's the very first place I though of even before I saw the photo.

Atchafalaya
Great photo.
Were you in a pirogue?
.-)

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Response to trof (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 05:29 PM

14. If "pirogue" is French for kayak ..

Yes!

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 07:40 PM

15. Well, sorta.

"Jambalaya, crawfish pie, and a file' gumbo,
me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou"

A pirogue is just a cajun version of a canoe but the pirogue is MUCH less stable. Pirogues generally have a much lower profile in the water so they are not as affected by wind. They go much further per paddle stroke than a canoe does but if you are not used to one, they can be VERY tippy.

Usually made from one tree trunk.
But I know you knew that.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:14 PM

16. Nice shot!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:44 PM

17. very

beautiful!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 06:21 PM

20. Imagining myself sitting there. So quiet. Still.

Thanks for posting this. A respite from the onslaught of the daily madness.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 07:31 PM

23. Powerful photo. Crop the bright reflections (bottom fifth) and it will be even more powerful


They are distracting and they are unnecessary to tell the story the picture tells.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #23)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 03:15 PM

25. Yep. Did some burning and vignetting in a subsequent version ..

But I can't crop it out. The 16-to-9 crop ratio is essential to the image, and I can't slide up on the original.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 03:44 PM

26. Try cropping bottom and right to keep 16:9


The bright green bit on the left is the key to the photo. The thin white strip at the waterline is a secondary key for the eye. Keep both.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 02:34 PM

24. Sometimes I luck out and something wonderful is on the home page

Iím out of adjectives, but stunning comes close. Thank you.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 05:19 PM

27. Snakes to the left of me

Gators to the right
Here I am, stuck in the pirogue with you!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2021, 11:16 PM

28. Almost like another world! Excellent photo. nt

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 06:06 PM

29. Boy from Breaux Bridge Here!

 

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Response to Swamp Country Po Boy (Reply #29)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:25 PM

30. Love that CCR song, and the video!

And I certainly know Breaux Bridge.

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