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#landscapes#nature#seasons#Surf Durrani#Texas

In the World’s Largest Cypress Forest, Surf Durrani Captures Atmospheric Autumnal Colors

January 16, 2024

Kate Mothes

An autumnal photograph of a bright orange tree in a swamp.An autumnal photograph of a bright orange tree in a swamp.

“Rust in the Swamp.” All images © Surf Durrani, shared with permission

A cardiologist by day, Surf Durrani ventures around the world with his camera in his spare time, drawn to lush scenery and magnificent vistas. “I find the natural world profoundly beautiful and spiritually moving,” he tells Colossal. “In nature, I see art forms everywhere that are emotionally very satisfying for me.” One recent series takes us on an atmospheric journey through the Big Cypress Bayou at the edge of Caddo Lake in eastern Texas—part of the largest cypress forest in the world—reveling in the unique effect of the trees as they transform into autumnal shades of orange and yellow, draped ethereally in moss.

Drawn to the region last year after he saw photos of the area, Durrani decided to make the trip to Texas from his home in Northern Virginia. “I am blown away by the beauty of the cypress forest in the swamp draped with the Spanish moss and egrets and herons living in their magical, hidden little corner in Texas,” he says. “There is a two-week period in November when the colors come alive, and the lake becomes magical.”

As he travels, Durrani looks for an array of vibrant landscapes, from the villages of Provence to the otherworldly expanses of Iceland. “I photograph places and animals mainly as a form of therapy for my own self, but I also want other people to see through my eyes and lens and enjoy the moment of discovery and joy that I feel when I capture a sliver of time,” he says.

Durrani is currently in the preliminary planning stages to implement an art therapy program in his hospital. Find prints available for purchase in his shop, and explore more on his website and Behance.

An autumnal photograph of trees with changing leaves in a misty swamp.An autumnal photograph of trees with changing leaves in a misty swamp.

“Riot of Red and Gold”

An egret flys through a swamp.An egret flys through a swamp.

“Angels of Caddo Lake #1”

A detail of a bright red leaf on a dangling plant.A detail of a bright red leaf on a dangling plant.

“The Secret Light”

An autumnal swamp.An autumnal swamp.

“Caddo Cove”

A large tree in a swamp with bright orange leaves.A large tree in a swamp with bright orange leaves.

“Caddo Lake Autumn Beauty”

An autumnal swamp.An autumnal swamp.

“Secret Rendezvous”

The stump of a tree in a swamp.The stump of a tree in a swamp.

“Stumps”

#landscapes#nature#seasons#Surf Durrani#Texas

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