With the Trinity River in flood stage and the water high but no longer flowing, I dreamed of finding a surreal scene in the forest with simple tree trunks in tranquil water. And there is one special place along the Buckeye Trail I thought might be perfect, as long as the water was about 2-3 feet high.

So I put on my waders and trudged out through the forest. The water was up to mid-thigh in places and if it stayed that way, I would be golden.

Trail sign and flooded Buckeye Trail, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Trail sign and flooded Buckeye Trail, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

As I got closer to my spot, however, the water level dropped (though still too high for this little snail hitching a ride on this Trail Sign).

Trail sign with snail and flooded Buckeye Trail, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Trail sign with snail and flooded Buckeye Trail, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

I finally got to my spot, but alas, the water was not high enough for the shot I was looking for. I wanted the water to cover all the grasses, but I was a bit late. Judging from the high water marks, it had probably been two feet deeper there the day before.

So I got this interesting documentary image, but not the surreal one I wanted.

Flooded Buckeye Trail, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Flooded Buckeye Trail, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

But what else could I shoot, as long as I was out there? Perhaps spiders huddling just above the water? . . . ¬†Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.