Sunrises and sunset photographs can be very colorful if there are clouds above the horizon but not hiding it. Because cloud arrangements are generally unpredictable, it is convenient to have nearby shooting locations for repeated visits until the cloud arrangement is photogenic. Near my home in Southern Louisiana, however, locations where distant tall trees do not completely hide the horizon are hard to find.
Because trees generally do not grow in marshes, this year I decided to try two nearby marsh areas for sunrise and sunset photography, each about an hour from my home. I first went to White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area to shoot a sunrise and, later in the year, went to the marshland just north of Avery Island for a sunset. Unfortunately, there were no clouds near White Lake when I got there. I had more luck near Avery Island.
The photo below was taken from the edge of the highway leading into Avery Island six minutes before sunset. Although the horizon is not completely visible, the trees to the right of the sun cover only a small part of the sky above the horizon. I believe those trees are along the edge of Petite Anse Canal, almost a mile from the camera.
Olympus E-M1 (40mm, f/8, 1/30 sec, ISO200)
Three minutes after sunset, I took another photo of the same scene. An interesting foggy area can be seen near the right edge of the frame. I assume it is over one of the many small patches of open water in this marsh.
Olympus E-M1 (40mm, f/8, 1/40 sec, ISO200)
One worry I had before visiting these marshes was being bothered by mosquitoes. As it turned out, they were not a problem. Instead, during both sunrise near White Lake and sunset near Avery Island, I was repeatedly attacked by vicious biting flies. Next time I need to wear a head net.
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