Friday, August 12, 2016

Lake Arthur & Cameron Parish

Some digital captures here from last week's trip out to southwest Louisiana, which went pretty well. 120 film results should be up here in a few days or so, but here's some digital junk I got when not looking through the twin-lens. This trip had stops in both the Lacassine and Rockefeller wildlife refuges, as well as towns and locations in Cameron Parish west of Calcasieu Lake. I stayed in Lake Arthur, in a lakeside camp loaned by friends. It felt so good to make the drive on LA82 from Creole, around Pecan Island and up to Kaplan that I did it twice. The stretch of LA82 that runs west of Pecan Island through the Rockefeller refuge area to Grand Chenier (about 30 miles) is casually referred to as Louisiana's "outback." It's nothing but you and the road running through completely undeveloped, raw coastal prairie and wetlands. You will notice the increasing abundance of clouds, as the tropics are really lit up at this time of year. These results all show one supercell, first seen in the fourth frame below, that started in the Rockefeller refuge and kept growing, eventually dogging me the whole afternoon. It drifted north, catching up to me at Gueydan (5th frame below); I then had a pretty scary both-hands-on-the-wheel drive west through a part of it to get back to Lake Arthur, where the photo at top shows what it looked like from the other side. Film results coming soon.

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