Towards the end of April my wife and our four legged kids Dusty and Katie hit the road for a weekend get away. We traveled past a number of places on our way out toPossumKingdomLake. We did not have a final destination in mind; we just left it up to chance.
After driving and playing tourist all day we finally ended up on the far southwest side of the lake. There are a number of little lakeside hotels and one in particular caught our eye, “Bass Hollow” It had a gas station and was just beautiful. Only problem was there seemed to be no one there. We almost thought it was closed down but how could it be with how well maintained it was.
So we whipped in to the gas station and sure enough they were open and had a lake front room we could have. They were also pet friendly which is a must if you knew us at all.
So once we unpacked and got settled we went for a stroll and just relaxed. This place is a little slice of heaven. It is tucked away in a calm cove with great lake shore. I know I wanted to get up early the next morning but the weather called for possible showers.
Well the showers rolled through about4 amand left just as the sun was rising. I got set up and began working different angles and exposures. Finally the timing was right, the water like glass, the morning storm filled the sky and the result was “Bass Hollow”.
For the next piece we traveled toCaddoLakein eastTexas. This lake lies on the border ofLouisianaandTexasand is a site to see. It was the beginning of June and we took my mother and step father along with us on another weekend excursion.
This place is magical and a weekend trip is not even close to enough time to see it all. I had shot quite a few things in the area but still wanted something special and different. So I set my alarm and got on the road before the sun came up. I bounced along the rivers edge that leads into the main part of the lake. I finally found a nice open area just as the sun broke the horizon on the eastern shores.
I had to wait for the right timing and then I had a 15 minute window of the most amazing light. Working on long exposure times is so frustrating with only a small window to get the various shots I had in mind. But my patience paid off and “Cypress Dawn” is just one of those special moments I captured.
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