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Colors of Caddo Lake:
A Cypress Bayou Adventure

November 7-11, 2024 Through Wildside
Max 4 participants for this tour. 
Includes Local Transportation, Lodging, Instruction, & Chartered Boats
Cost: $3699
Register HERE  for November 7-11, 2024

November 14-17, 2024 
Co-leader: Gary Randall
Max 8 participants for this tour. 
See Below for Inclusions/Exclusions 
Cost: $2890
Register HERE  for November 14-17, 2024

Physical Demand: Easy - short gentle hiking over relatively flat surfaces of grass, rocks, gravel, and/or sand; working while seated in a pontoon/small boat.

Join two award-winning photographers, Alyce Bender and Gary Randall, as we take our cameras into the world of the bald cypress! This adventure goes beyond the routine fall foliage tours as we embrace the watery channels to capture the tapestry of colors as they highlight the character of Caddo Lake, a unique ecosystem that seems to have been crafted for photographers. Using chartered boats (four sessions) we choose our own adventures as we float through one of the largest flooded cypress forests in the world! Working extensively at the shoulders of the day (sunrise and sunset), we set out to capture a collection of moody, unique, and strikingly beautiful images of cypress trees as they are decked out in autumn colors and Spanish moss. We might even get an egret or two to pose for us as well! 

With lodging included, the lake side cabins will allow us to have family style meals, informal editing sessions, good conversations, and access to parts of the cypress swamp at all times of the day. Here, we can utilize midday shade to work on small scenes, creative techniques, and macro should time and interest allow.

This workshop is focused on putting you in just the right spots for the weather conditions we have at any given time on the lake. Additionally, you will have plenty of time, during midday and in the evenings, to pick our brains about editing, printing, or a photo review/critique session.  


Three days

of professional guiding and photography instruction

Small group size

Limited to 4 participants per instructor. 8 participants max.

3 Nights Lodging

in a group lodge, shared accommodations

Four chartered boat sessions

Brunch, snacks, water, coffee, and tea

All applicable permits, taxes and fees



Air/Land Transportation

to and from Uncertain, TX and

locally between lodging and session locations


not listed in inclusions, lodging does have full kitchens

Any lodging before or after the workshop

Personal purchases 

such as alcohol etc.

Trip and Gear Insurance 

Highly recommended


Recommended Camera Gear

DSLR or Mirrorless Camera Body

(Backup camera bodies are always good to have)

Telephoto Lens 

a variable telephoto like a 100-400mm, 18-300mm, 50-400mm, or 150-500mm

Wider Lens 

variables such as the 17-50mm, 24-70mm, or 18-55mm

Batteries (Plenty) and Battery Charger(s)

cold weather can drain them quickly

Memory Cards

You can never have too many.


for the land sessions

Rain cover

(for camera and yourself) help if we get any mist, spray, or rain.

Related Images:

Colors of Caddo Collection

Related Articles:

Double Dose Trip Report: November 2021

Caddo Lake Texas and The Big Cypress Bayou (Gary Randall, 2022)

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