This is an old vertical lift drawbridge on the Tensas River in Calcasieu parish, Louisiana. Northbound lanes on US Hwy 425 in Clayton, LA.
The bridge lies along my preferred route to go home to visit relatives in south Louisiana from Wild Ozark in northwest Arkansas. I’ve been trying for years to get a good picture of it and over the years I’ve take several.
Ghost in the Mist
Many were technically “good”, but they didn’t capture the essence of this architectural relic. This one with the fog and the old drawbridge looming like a ghost in the mist, is exactly what I wanted. I hope you like it too.
My photographs are NOT printed at home on a consumer-level printer. I use a professional print shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas to produce these products on high-quality photo paper. I use Priority Mail envelopes with cardboard backing and insurance.
All image sizes are surrounded by 1/2″ white space. Signatures and numbering are in the white space below the image unless otherwise requested. Titles (where present) are printed on the image unless otherwise requested.
Predator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.
Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.
About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.