Lake Chicot (pronounced shee-koe) is the centerpiece of Chicot State Park, the largest state park in Louisiana. This cypress-tupelo lake, typical of many in Louisiana, provides wildlife habitat as well as boating and fishing environment. When we camped near Lake Chicot for a few days last October, I thought I would try photographing a sunrise over the lake from the boardwalk extending over its southern edge.
The above photo shows our view when we arrived at the end of the boardwalk. Venus and the Moon were high in the sky, and a large tree in the lake was in the foreground. (Because of low levels of both light and knowledge, I couldn’t tell if it was a Bald Cypress or a Water Tupelo.) Soon thereafter, the sun started appearing above the tops of the trees at the eastern edge of the lake.
A few minutes later, the entire solar disk was above the trees and the lake began to be illuminated by the early morning sun.
As far as Donnette and I could tell, the only other sunrise observer in our vicinity was a Great Blue Heron. It was sitting on a distant tree stump to our southwest, not looking at the sunrise as we were, but perhaps looking for reflection of the day’s new light off some prey in the water.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.