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In a stunning tribute to one of Texasa€™ most enigmatic waterways, a veteran East Texas historian and a professional photographer have together created an homage to a lake like no othera€”half Texas, half Louisiana, a swampy labyrinth of bald cypress and water plants filled with mystery, legend, and a staggering amount of biological complexity. Classified as a Category 1 Habitat for wildlife by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and encompassing a state wildlife management area as well as a state park, Caddo Lake and adjacent areas have also been designated as a Ramsar Site under the international convention to preserve world-class wetlands and their waterfowl. In both words and pictures, writer Thad Sitton and photographer Carolyn Brown have captured the human, animal, and plant life of Caddo, as well as the history of the lake itself, better likened to an ever-changing network of cypress woodlands, bayou-like channels, water-plant meadows, and hardwood bottoms covered more or less by water.John had to learn how to trap common and alligator snapping turtles, and after a while he did. ... Trapped turtles at first were dumped live into the company motorboat and then began to walk around, menacing the boat operator. ... might flex a powerful leg and push John away from the processing table, and their hearts went on beating for some time in the gut bucketa€”sometimes rather a long time.

Author:Thad Sitton, Carolyn Brown
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2015-02-01


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