A few years ago I started hunting again. I always enjoyed it when I was a kid but as an adult I could always find something else to do with my weekends. But, once the shine has gone off of going out every Friday and Saturday night, you start to look for other things to do.
My dad happens to enjoy hunting so, I took my hunter’s safety course and would occasionally accompany him on hunting trips. One of the most pleasant venues for this is the Oak Grove Hunting Club. It is an amazing building and I feel lucky to have been invited there a few times.
As it so happens, the final issue of 10/12 Magazine decided to focus on some of Louisiana’s swankier hunting clubs and they ended up using one of my shots from Oak Grove (which happens to include me) as their cover shot (seen above). To give credit where it is due, my dad did press the shutter on this one though I had set the camera up to capture the scene the way I wanted it. In truth, he should get more credit than that as he gave me my first camera when I was about 13.
So, thanks dad! Thanks for taking me hunting, where I think I first began to understand the splendor of south Louisiana, and thanks for sticking a camera in my hands so that I had ways to appreciate that splendor that didn’t involve the roar of a 12 gauge. Not the there is anything wrong with knocking down a few ducks for a gumbo every now and then.