October 29 – November 5, 2022
Mystic Cypress Swamps
There are few wild places in North America more magical than the bayous of Louisiana and their hidden stands of ancient cypress trees. Professional photographer Christian Heeb has been visiting these places for years. Photographer and course instructor Thomas Heitmar will be there this year.
On this photo tour, we’ll explore some of the hidden gems of Louisiana and Texas. From mist on the water to an abundance of bird life, we’ll find perfect photo opportunities from land, airboat, pontoon boat and sturdy sea canoes. We’ll probably see alligators before they retire for the winter. Our goal is to get you to the best place at the best possible time so you can take great pictures.
When we are on the water we work with local naturalist guides on site. This tour is rated as relatively easy, however you must be able to get in and out of a canoe independently and walk over rough terrain. You must also understand the operation and function of your camera.
Check out our photo gallery below and be inspired by images from past trips. Welcome to the bayous.
$5,150 per person sharing room
$6,250 single room
max 7 persons. New workshop date, and only 4 more spots available
beginner to advanced
Transportation from Hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana to Hotel in Lafayette, Louisiana
- all accommodation in middle class Motels
- 7 nights in double room sharing, unless single room is booked
- 3 organized kayak trips
- sunset tour with airboat
- 3 wildlife viewing tours with pontoon boat
- transportation in SUV
- all entry fees as mentioned in itinerary
- guided by Christian Heeb & Thomas Heitmar
All participants need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination to attend our Mystic Cypress Swamps Photo Tour. By registering to this tour, you sign a waver agreeing to our Covid-19 rule.
- flight to Shreveport, LA (SHV) and back from Lafayette, LA (LFT)
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Arrive in Shreveport, Louisiana. (SHV) Individual transportation to Airport Motel.
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Drive to nearby Marshall, TX for a first visit to the bayous.
In the afternoon photographing at the swamp.
Monday, October 31, 2022
At sunrise we will be taken by a local guide with a pontoon boat into the cypress swamp. Hopefully we’ll get some early morning mist and some fall colors in the vast wilderness.
Afternoon photography at nearby Caddo Lake SP. And its cypresses.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Another sunrise with the boat in the Zpressen.
In the late afternoon we will have another sunset photo ride by pontoon boat.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
We photograph the sunrise from land with many opportunities for beautiful photos. Afterwards check out and drive to Lafayette in Louisiana where we will check into a new hotel.
In the afternoon we drive to a beautiful lake dotted with cypress trees. We spend the late afternoon in the canoes to explore this natural treasure. Our local guide will point out the different species of birds such as Pileated Woodpecker, Osprey, Great White Heron, Green Heron, Anhinga and more.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
We get an early start and canoe deep into a little-known ancient Tupelo and Bald Cypress swamp. We enjoy the sunrise on the water and explore the small waterways.
In the afternoon we take pictures of the landscape and the sunset in the Atchafalaya Basin from an airboat.
Friday, November 4, 2022
In the early morning we make another canoe trip in the swamp landscape.
Tonight we will be photographing the swamp from land using tripods.
Saturday, November 5, 2022
After a last sunrise photo session in the cypress swamps, this photo tour comes to an end.
Individual transfer to Lafayette Airport (LFT) and departure.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary for this Mystic Cypress Swamps Photo Tour, due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.