Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Red River at Greenwood

Red River at Greenwoood, Texas
Since Photo 111, in my first year of photography at TAMU-Commerce, with Vaughn Wascovich I have wanted to photograph and document the banks of the Red River.  Vaughn asked us to list the 10 most interesting things to photograph near where we lived and shooting the Red River was at the top of my list.

It is a very difficult river to access because the property on both the Texas and Oklahoma sides  is owned by private citizens and I have not found a public access site.  The only place I've had a chance to see the Red River was while going over bridges in a car and looking over the railing at 70 mph.  But I want to get in a pontoon boat, a canoe or a kayak and traverse the river with camera in hand.  It is interesting that even though I live less than 15 miles from the Red River, I've never really seen it up close and personal.

I decided today that after I get out of grad school, the documentation of the Red River is going to be my next photo project.  Today, Bobby, at Greenwood, in Red River County allowed me to go onto their land and take some shots of the river bordering their property.  I arrived a little late in the morning even though I left my house again about 5 am.  Because I am directionally challenged, I had trouble finding the correct road to turn down to get to their house.

It was a wonderful adventure from start to finish.  I had my very own Texas Master Naturalist and professor emeritus plant physiologist from Texas AM College Station giving me the tour of the land and telling me all kinds of interesting tidbits about the flora, fauna and animal life.

If I get the opportunity to photograph the Red River at Greenwood again, I am going to come armed with my pinhole cameras, my holga and more lenses.  Next time I hope to be able to get on the sand banks a little before sunrise if Bobby is game!


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