Caddo Lake in the winter

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  • Paul Sokal
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    on: December 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    For those not familiar with Texas, Caddo Lake is on the border between TX and LA. It is allegedly the only natural lake in the vast state of Texas, though the Internet is vague on whether this is true. Winter is arguably the ugliest season as all of the trees, all bald cypress, look dead. Still, especially at golden hour, it is haunting beautiful. It is full of wildlife from bald eagles to gators.

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    Russ Lewis
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    Re: Caddo Lake in the winter
    Reply #1 on: December 29, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Wonderful stuff Paul. I love it all.

    Paul Sokal
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    Reply #2 on: December 29, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Thanks, Russ.

    Christopher Sanderson
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    Reply #3 on: December 29, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Lovely collection. I’d like to go there.

    Paul Sokal
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    Reply #4 on: December 29, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks! It was my first visit but plan to return in the spring when all is green and the fall when the trees are all orange. It’s a very unique place. Fortunately, it is only a 2.5 hr. drive from my home in Dallas.

    Christopher Sanderson
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    Reply #5 on: December 29, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    The first thing I discover looking at a map is that the lake has ‘Oil City’ on the LA side and ‘Uncertain’ on the TX side – interesting if somewhat off-putting names!

    Paul Sokal
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    Reply #6 on: December 29, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Actually Uncertain is a tiny town along the lake where a lot of the tours, including the one we took, launch from. It is also part of the title of a book by a friend of mine, who is one of the great photographers in the US if not the world, Keith Carter. He and his wife went around Texas to the little towns with unusual names and produced a classic book from Uncertain to Blue. Here’s a link to a video from the Art of Photography about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvcRsLPqBos

    Christopher Sanderson
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    Reply #7 on: December 30, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Paul, thank you for that link.

    Paul Sokal
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    Reply #8 on: December 30, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Here’s one more image.

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    Russ Lewis
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    Reply #9 on: December 31, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Good one. Belongs with the rest.

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #10 on: January 2, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Great set of images.  This is definitely on my list for a 2023 visit.  From all the social media I have seen it looks like a photographic convention.  So, it is on my research list to set up a visit.

    Maybe it would be fun to get a number of PXL readers to visit there at the same time.

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    Paul Sokal
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    Reply #11 on: January 2, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Thanks, Kevin. It’s such a unique place, gave me a similar impression as did Iceland: I was on a different planet. I’d certainly be up for a group visit.

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