I grabbed my canoe Sunday evening to explore a little bit of the Trinity River floodwaters near Big Spring. I found this little scene, with a deep pond where normally I would find a wildflower field.

The wind was minimal and the water was very still – perfect for lovely pictures of water with a mirror surface, right?

Well, if you are standing on shore with a nice tripod, sure.

But in a canoe, you are floating, drifting constantly, and every time you twitch your nose or scratch your butt a vibration cascades through the canoe and ripples the water.

The drifting is a challenge. I’d slowly paddle to where I wanted to be, sit motionlessly and hope the ripples stopped before I had drifted out of position again.

Here, I finally managed to get my canoe pointed into a gap in the trees where I wanted it without creating too many ripples. After several frustrating attempts, I finally got this image. Not perfectly still water, but not bad.

Canoe and sunset on water near Big Spring after Trinity River flood, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Canoe and sunset on water near Big Spring after Trinity River flood, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA. Canon 1 Dx. 16mm. ISO 800. f/11 @ 1/250 sec. Polarizer.