Why Photographing Caddo Lake in Texas in Black and White

Caddo Lake is a huge wetland with an area of 10,300 hectares (25,400 acres). It is located on the border between Texas and Louisiana. It is the only natural lake in Texas. The lake is home to the largest bald cypress forest in the world. The black and white photographs are an ode to this beautiful natural region of the United States.

Landscape of Caddo Lake in Texas in United States.
Landscape of Caddo Lake in Texas in United States.

The legend

Caddo Lake was formed according to the legend in 1812 following earthquakes. It owes its name to the tribe of Caddo Indians who lived in the area before being expelled in the 19th century by settlers following the discovery of an oil field.

Since the mid-1960s, many people claim to have seen Bigfoot in the bald cypress forest. A TV report has even been made on this subject.

We must admit that the spectral forms of the bald cypresses when night falls, have nothing engaging. The imagination runs at full speed. Even we thought we saw strange shapes as we took photographs.

A unique place in the world

Caddo Lake is not only famous for the appearances of Bigfoot. It is home to the largest bald cypress forest in the world. It is a remarkable tree that adapts perfectly to wet areas. It can reach 30 to 50 meters (90 to 150 feet) high and the trunk diameter can reach 2 meters (7 feet). He can live from 300 to 500 years.

For landscape photography, Caddo Lake offers extraordinary opportunities at all times of the day. The trees have very evocative and they have majestic forms. When you spend several hours contemplating them, you end up having the impression of a herd of men from another world.

Photographing Lake Caddo takes time

To photograph Caddo LAKE, it is possible to walk along some banks that are still public. Most of the banks are closed because they are on private properties. The second way and it is our opinion the best, is to rent a boat. But be careful not to get lost in the labyrinth of bald cypresses. Nothing is more like a tree than another tree. GPS is essential.

When you walk in the winding meanders of the lake, you must take the time to immerse yourself in this forest and let your imagination work. A good advice is to take the time to let go and be engulfed by the gaps in the forest.

We chose black and white because the branches covered with Spanish moss give a gloomy, strange, timeless atmosphere.

To make these photographs, we made several stays of several days each time. We had a tough time cracking the mysteries of bald cypress trees and reporting their beauty. By dint of patience and self-sacrifice, we ended up finding a rhythm and the story to tell.

Photographing Caddo Lake is not just about photographing trees. It's also playing with reflections and shapes. All the details are important. Wide shots are as revealing as tight shots.

Photographing Lake Caddo is a real challenge because you do not have to go into the simplicity of travel photography. When we walk in the woods, we can feel a strange rumor and strange sensations. The Caddo Indians have lived for hundreds of years in this region. They had to have their reasons. They certainly did not leave without leaving behind a trace of their passage.

That's what we tried to do with these photos. Show that Caddo Lake is more than just a lake for boating. He truly has a soul. Photography is certainly the best way to show it.

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