Harvard Club of Dallas Presents:
Photographing in Caddo Lake, Texas

November 11-13, 2022


For more information, or to sign up, please contact Andy at andycolemanphotography@gmail.com

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Join photographer Andy Coleman for a unique adventure to photograph beautiful fall landscapes and diverse wildlife at Caddo Lake

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DETAILS:

Main Trip

Dates:  November 11-13 2022
Location: Caddo Lake, Uncertain, Texas
Maximum participants: 10

Minimum participants: 8
 

Cost: Per person $850

Deposit: $100 per person to reserve a spot. 

Trip Details

Dates: 

 

November 11-13, 2022

Participants and Staffing

Maximum Participants................................................... 10

Minimum Participants.................................................... 8

Number of Staff included in pricing. ............................2

 

3-Day Program................................................................ $850

 

 Costs Included in Pricing​

  • Pre-trip Zoom session on photographing in Caddo Lake

  • All guided visits and instruction throughout the program

  • Comprehensive pre-trip notes and materials

  • Daily tours and instruction with Photographer and Naturalist throughout the tour

  • 4 excursions by boat with experienced guides into the cypress forested Caddo Lake

  • Tips for the boat guides

 

Costs Not Included in Pricing

  • Rentals for optional canoe trips

  • Transportation to and in Lake Caddo

  • Accommodations

  • Meals 

  • State Park entrance fees

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance

  • Anything not explicitly listed as included

Accommodations:

Most of the activities will begin at the dock on Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas.  Since we will be leaving quite early each morning, staying in the immediate area is helpful.  There are a few lodging options right in Uncertain, including places on VRBO and AIRBB.  For more of a hotel or Bed & Breakfast environment, the towns of Jefferson and Marshall are 20-30 minutes away.  Andy can provide you with more details on housing options.  

Daily Itinerary:

 

Day 1:  For those arriving early and wanting to canoe, we will meet in Caddo Lake State Park at 3pm to launch canoes on the Mill Pond.  You can also kayak from here if you have your own kayaks.  We meet as a larger group at 6:30 at a local (very local!) restaurant/bar at Caddo Lake for a general overview and initial instructions. 

Day 2:  We start out early, with a 5:45 boat tour to catch the morning light and early wildlife.  We will be back at the dock before 9:00 where we can enjoy a hearty breakfast.  The late morning and early afternoon is on your own, to rest or to enjoy some of the sights around the lake.  We will have an optional nature hike in Caddo Lake State Park.  In the afternoon, we will head out to catch the sunset on the boat tour, followed by dinner.

Day 3: We will begin early with another sunrise boat tour.  During the day, we get a chance to visit Jefferson for lunch and photo ops in this quaint historical town. In the afternoon, we will head out to catch the sunset on the final boat tour.  We will arrive at the dock in plenty of time to return home in the evening.  For those wanting to stay another evening, we will have dinner and discuss options for the next day.

Day 4: For those still wanting to explore, we will have hiking and canoeing options for Monday morning.  We will be finished in the morning to allow for check out and a leisurely drive home.  

Tour notes:

 

Suggested Equipment:

 

  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera

  • You’ll need at least one lens. The “kit lens” that came with your camera (most likely an 18-55mm) will be fine

  • Bring any other lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful)

  • Laptop

  • Memory Card Reader

  • Flash drive

  • Spare batteries for equipment (especially for your camera)

  • Extra memory cards

  • Camera manual

  • Camera bag or backpack

  • Note taking materials

  • Cable release or wireless remote

  • Camera and lens cleaning supplies

  • Polarizer

  • Professional air blower for sensor cleaning (eg. rocket blower)

 

Personal Items:

 

  • Weatherproof clothing that can be layered underneath for warmth

  • Medium to heavy jacket

  • Sturdy footwear for walking on uneven ground or trails

  • Warm hat and gloves

  • If you easily get cold, consider hand and/or foot warmers for the morning

  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm

  • Snacks for between meals in the field

  • Travel alarm clock and wristwatch – or smartphone with an alarm

  • Pocket sized flashlight

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Your Guides

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Photographer Andrew Coleman has traveled around the globe in search of amazing wildlife and landscapes. He has contributed to National Geographic Traveler and the National Geographic website, as well as other publications, and is represented in the National Geographic Image Collection. Andrew has an insatiable appetite to be in the wild and, through his images, attempts to capture the extraordinary beauty of the natural world.  Over the course of his career, he has traveled, camera in hand, to some of the world’s most remarkable places, including Alaska, Jordan, Easter Island, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, Bhutan, and Uganda. He has been a photography expert on National Geographic Expeditions from Yellowstone National Park to the Galápagos, and from Borneo to the Arctic, Antarctica and beyond.

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Ben Sandifer is an author, photographer, and environmental advocate for parks and open spaces where he can often be found with camera in hand. His award-winning nature photographs have been featured in local, state, and national publications. He is a Certified Master Birder through the Audubon Dallas sponsored North Central Texas Master Birder Program.  In addition, Ben serves as the naturalist at the historic Dallas Hunting and Fishing Club.

 

In Dallas Great Trinity Forest, Ben is an EPA and TCEQ certified Texas Stream Team volunteer who monitors the water at Big Spring - one of the last free flowing springs in North Texas. For his volunteer efforts, he was named the 2015 DFW Sustainable Leadership Volunteer of the Year and was nominated for the 2016 Texan of the Year by the Dallas Morning News. In 2016, he was named an Honorary Lifetime North Texas Master Naturalist for his substantial contributions to the furtherance of the activities of the chapter.