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.