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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 11:25 PM

Six Days in the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp

After an intense week of pre-dawn to post-sunset kayaking and photography, with lots of incredible Cajun food on the edge of the Atchafalaya Basin swamp and the storied Bayou Teche (crawfish etouffee, gumbo, fried catfish, blackened redfish, gator bites, red beans and rice, grillades & grits, lots of bread pudding, and the such), I badly needed a red meat fix tonight.

So after taking a long hot shower, and washing two loads of laundry at the hotel, I headed into New Iberia for a bodacious steak at Preservation (formerly Clementine's). I might live.

But seriously, the week with the master photo group was awesome. The lecture/critique sessions were like drinking water from a fire hose. We paddled in pitch black dark. We shot thousands of images on a wide variety of cameras and lenses. We slept fast on short nights, with any luck.

We followed our fearless leader in ink-black pea-soup fog, glued to his rear-facing head lamp like a night flight of F-4s locked in tight formation on the lead Phantom's lights (but not quite as fast). He was the mother hen, we were his chicks. He got us to exactly the places where we could do the best photography with the best light, and he got us back .. safely. I even felt safe riding in the backseat of his Ford Expedition, and I never feel safe in ANYBODY's backseat!

I was the oldest in the group, by far, but I kept up fairly respectably. The rigors of loading and rigging the kayaks, and paddling miles - BTW: his conversion factor, a constant, is 350 yards = 1 statute mile, or less formally stated "it's just around the next bend" - loosened up my stiff old joints. I dropped a quarter in the laundry room tonight and was actually able to bend over and pick it up, without much pain.

But it is cold here tonight in south Louisiana. And getting colder. So I cancelled my full-moon rising shoot with a guide at Caddo Lake (Texas) next week, and I now plan to head to Amarillo and do the full moon shoot at Cadillac Ranch. Or maybe to Marfa. Depends on the weather. Then swing back through Uncertain, Texas, for some quality time on Caddo Lake.

Life is good. I hope I can do this for years to come.

New Iberia, Louisiana
November 8, 2019


With the legendary CC (Cactus Clyde) Lockwood (R) after kayaking in the Atchafalaya yesterday


Cell phone photo from yesterday morning in the swamp


Early this morning, my last day in the Atchafalaya Basin swamp


I think I might live!

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Reply Six Days in the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp (Original post)
DemoTex Friday OP
spanone Friday #1
CaliforniaPeggy Saturday #2
Poiuyt Saturday #3
mbusby Saturday #4
Hekate Saturday #5
Karadeniz Saturday #6
Skittles Saturday #7
DemoTex Monday #17
Skittles Tuesday #19
yortsed snacilbuper Saturday #8
SMC22307 Saturday #9
Dustlawyer Saturday #10
rampartc Saturday #11
edbermac Saturday #12
DemoTex Monday #16
sprinkleeninow Saturday #13
Demovictory9 Saturday #14
NCLefty Saturday #15
DemoTex Monday #18

Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 11:29 PM

1. K&R...👍🏼

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:13 AM

2. My dear DemoTex!

I think you have many years ahead of you! And many great photos too! And meals!

I could almost taste your steak.

These are wonderful photos. I love all of them!

Keep on truckin'!



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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:29 AM

3. Great post!

But you should have posted some photos of that cajun food too!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:35 AM

4. You left off....

...the fried frog legs.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:40 AM

5. Thanks for the glimpse of your adventure

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:00 AM

6. Oooh, that swamp morning photo!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:12 AM

7. heh

you are one active geezer, Mac! ROCK ON!!!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:33 PM

17. You nailed that, Skitt!

I ain't ready to sit around thumbing a fucking cell-phone like 95% do now. Ate at the hotel bar tonight in Marfa, and ALL the other peeps at the bar (and it was full) were staring at their phones. Used to be you could engage in conversation, and learn something from your fellow man. Not now!

Totally foxtrot-uniform.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #17)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 12:03 AM

19. I am reading the book "Spring Chicken" right now

talks about the differences in aging in people - how some folk (especially the super-sedentary) age so much more quickly than those of us why stay active - yup

I agree with you about the cell phones.....it just kills me to see children trying to get their parent's attention - I often wonder, what is so much more important on that phone than paying attention to your kid

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Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:17 AM

9. That morning in the swamp pic is gorgeous! (n/t)

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:24 AM

10. I have driven over the swamp on that loooong bridge (18 miles I believe) and looked

longingly at the water and wishing I was out there fishing. To pass over from above the view is beautiful, but to never get to do more than look is torture. Thankfully I live close to the swamp that is S.E. Texas and get to go there instead. Still...

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:34 AM

11. there are plenty of great birds in thay area this time of year

well, all year round but the migratory birds should be arriving, including the white pelicans and maybe even whooping cranes.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:46 AM

12. Like that cell phone pic.

I remember a movie years ago called Southern Comfort that was filmed in the Caddo Lake area. Very moody location.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:24 PM

16. I love Caddo Lake ..

Because of the cold snap, I cancelled a shoot there this week. Hope to be on Caddo later this week, or next.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:25 AM

13. Got tuckered out relivin' your encounterin'! Atta way! 👍

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:30 AM

14. great photos

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:42 AM

15. That's really neat. I'm reminded of kayaking in a mangrove in FL. These little crabs were all over

the trees. It would scare a lot of people to death I think. :p

I should go outside again sometime...

And I didn't know they had "master photo groups."

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Response to NCLefty (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:41 PM

18. "Master Photo"

Basically means that you know how to use your camera. Make setting changes quickly in the field. Understand basic Lightroom/Photoshop. It is a filter for expensive photo workshops in exotic places. Like deep in the Louisiana swamps.

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