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
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
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.
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
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
such as alcohol etc.
Trip and Gear Insurance
Recommended Camera Gear
DSLR or Mirrorless Camera Body
(Backup camera bodies are always good to have)
a variable telephoto like a 100-400mm, 18-300mm, 50-400mm, or 150-500mm
variables such as the 17-50mm, 24-70mm, or 18-55mm
Batteries (Plenty) and Battery Charger(s)
cold weather can drain them quickly
You can never have too many.
for the land sessions
(for camera and yourself) help if we get any mist, spray, or rain.
Caddo Lake Texas and The Big Cypress Bayou (Gary Randall, 2022)