Lake Martin is part of the Cypress Island Natural Preserve located near Breau Bridge, Louisiana. It is described as a swampy ecosystem that with a natural rookery for a diverse animal and plant habitat. It is difficult to photograph from the limited access points along the shore. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for those comfortable in exploring the lake on their own. We, however, were not in that category! We were not interested in a one hour group tour in the middle of the day either. We arranged a one hour private tour with Bryan, owner of Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours for late in the day. His company has hosted photographers from National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, USA Today and The History Channel. He is an avid photographer as well so he had a keen idea of what we would be looking for. We were not disappointed!
If you ever have a chance to take a tour of a swamp, please take it! If you are serious about getting good photos you may have to arrange for a private tour that let's you take the time you want and is during the best time of day for light. This adventure ranks right up at the top for both enjoyment and photography.