A few days ago I decided to set out on an adventure to re-discover my home turf. I struggled with where to start. Being a photographer, I decided to start in the country and work my way in. Just a heads up...there's so much to see and do, that there's NO WAY to get it all in one post.
Southwest Louisiana has some of the most beautiful landscapes and drives in the world. The beginning of my adventure went a LONG way to drive (pun completely intended) that point home. Traveling about 3 miles south and east of the Lake Charles Regional Airport, allowed me to get some of the best photographs I've ever taken.
Farm land, marsh land, groves of beautiful trees that have withstood some of the most intense weather on the planet. They're all there within a few miles of the city. Standing on a dirt road, in my Southwest Louisiana...watching the sky begin to glow from the coming sunrise, the light fog hugging the ground, the sounds of native birds and wildlife beginning to call out as they start their daily activities...it was peaceful, soothing, meditative, and awe-inspiring all at the same time. And it's in my back yard!
There are, I’m sure, many places to see scenes like this...but there's something about a Southwest Louisiana sunrise that is mystic, musical, life-affirming, and spicy...just like our culture and food! And THAT, my friends, is something you can't get anywhere but here.
They say, "It's not the destination, but the journey." Here in Southwest Louisiana...it's both. One way to discover it is on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
, which just so happens to have a free tour app.
Stay tuned...Part Deux coming soon.