Bittick Wedding (Photos)

I had the honor of being the photographer for the wedding of Brian Bittick and his bride LaTonya in June of 2015. I thought the wedding was beautiful and was inspired by the religious and family ties apparent throughout the ceremony and celebration.

The following are links to provide access to the pictures taken. These links, files and photos should be available for the foreseeable future (God willing)…
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Link: 2015 Bittick Wedding Picture Album (View and Download Individual Photos)
Link: 2015 Bittick Wedding (All Pictures in a Zip File) (350 Photos) (141 MB)

Note: Within a Picture Album, you can download the full size picture you are viewing by clicking on the download icon. It looks something like this…Photo Download Icon By downloading a picture using this icon you get the original file which should be big enough for printing. If possible I’ve provided a link to a “Zip” file of the photo album which will allow you to download all the pictures from the album in one zip file. If you’re not sure what a zip file is… please contact a techy friend or family member. :)

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Bass Fishing on Pearl Lake

Despite all the rain, we are tying to catch a few bass on Pearl Lake. This year with the water rising and rising some more I’m not sure what the bass did during spawning season. We never did really get into any big ones. We’ll keep trying them as the lake clears from the rains every other day.

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[Video: Lynn J. catching a couple of bass in early May Time: About 4 minutes total]

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Fish Biting on the Sabine

The catfish are biting on the Sabine so that’s pretty where you’ll find Dad (Royce Lynn). He’ll be there just about every day and will cycle through friends fishing with him as they are available to take off work. Don and Donna were the lucky fishermen today. (* Click on Pictures to see full size)

Fishing on Sabine (2015) - Don, Royce Lynn, & Donna

Fishing on Sabine (2015) – Don, Royce Lynn, & Donna

Of course with catching this many fish comes a bit of work in dressing them. Granted, when you catch a lot of fish consistently the process of dressing them can become quick and efficient. I had just stopped by on the way from a trip to Shreveport and was dressed half-way nice… that was my excuse to just snap a few quick pictures.

Fishing on the Sabine (2015) - Bobby & Royce Lynn Bagging Dressed Fish

Fishing on the Sabine (2015) – Bobby & Royce Lynn Bagging Dressed Fish

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Grill Fest 42 Tournament – Royce Lynn and Don

Daddy (Royce Lynn) and Don Lovell won the Grill Fest 42 Tournament in 2014. Me (Lynn) and Mama (Louise) lost to the runners-up. The following month Mama and I won a tournament in Martinsville. We wouldn’t have even made it to the final table if not for my brother (Ed) making a mistake that allowed us to eliminate him and his partner and move on. I’m sure he’ll be glad I mentioned that for the 100th time in this post. :)

2015 03 00 - Grill Fest 42 Tournament - Royce and Don

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Winter 2015 Squirrel Hunting

Royce Lynn with a make shift walking stick.

Royce Lynn with a make shift walking stick.

Another winter means the leaves fall and it’s time to hunt squirrels with dogs. It’s a family and East Texas tradition. Here are a few pictures from the 2015 season. I’ll update this post as I receive and process pictures. (* Click on Pictures to view Full Size)


One of the Clark boys with Shelby's new puppy, Sweet-T

One of the Clark boys with Shelby’s new puppy, Sweet-T


One problem with inviting a young man to go squirrel hunting with you is he shoots all the squirrels. One advantage is fewer squirrels get away.


Help with a 42 Hand

Help with a 42 Hand


After hunting there is always dominoes (42 to be exact). Here is Shelby holds his sleeping puppy, Sweet-T.

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Canned Pheasant Hunt – Fun and Humbling

Most of my hunting excursions are a bit on the red-neck side of the fence. :) But I work for a great company that believes in the hunting traditions of Texas (and the U.S.) and is happy to offer those different experiences to its employees. So… I had the opportunity to go on a canned pheasant hunt at Hidden Lakes up above Tyler towards Dallas on I20.

Up front, let me say that our hosts were nothing less that gracious and accommodating in providing an unforgettable experience.

Like many hunters I confess I considered the canned hunts something the city folk did. It was something I wouldn’t get a chance to do myself. But again… my employer offered and I am not one to turn down an opportunity to try something new.

I admit I never got a glimpse of a bill, so I can only comment on the experience itself. It was a lot of fun and it was very humbling. :)

They put us at various stations around a grove of trees, told us the rules (mainly don’t shoot the dogs or guides) and then released the birds from a station in the center of circle the trees. The birds pretty well had to fly over somebody with a gun. Of course sometimes they flew to a safe height and sometimes they just landed in the trees before they got to us. BUT… most of the time not. Most of the time somebody got a shot and if you didn’t get the bird. Well… it was your own dam fault. Many (not half, but many) got away… Every so often they would stop the process move us to the next station and repeat the process.

Because of the bit of red-neck in me I decided to bring my hump-back (Belgium made) Browning with high brass #6s (the same thing I shoot squirrels with). Maybe it was a statement… I actually own a Berta made for bird hunting. Anyway, let me say for the record I made some brilliant shots. And for the sake or accuracy let me say I made an equal (at least) number of bad and embarrassing shots. Like I said, fun and humbling.

Towards the end of the hunt a special prize pool bird was released with a long flowing ribbon. It flew a station or two over and the company lawyer (and his shooting partner) lit it up. :) I don’t think any bird that day received the business end of that many shots. They definitely got him.

So… if you get a chance, give it a try. Yes, I know it’s canned. Do the real thing if you can. I can remember the great quail hunts with my dad as a boy (before the quail died out in East Texas). But go ahead do the canned hunt too if you can. Have the right attitude, enjoy yourself, and take home some pheasant meat.

Advise? Full Choke, lead ’em… when you can’t figure out why you’re missing… lead ’em some more. :)

2014 12 17 - Canned Pheasant Hunt (Group)

2014 12 17 - Canned Pheasant Hunt (Lynn)

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Squirrel Camp – 2013

October 2013 Squirrel Camp saw a lot of squirrels, and for some reason a lot of kids and puppies. Shelby had a couple of “Atomic Feist”. He gave one away and unfortunately the other died a few months later. Little did we know that right after this fall hunting season 90+% of the squirrel population would die out due to poor mast (acorn) production. There is always a cycle, especially in nature; even if we don’t always see it.

I’m posting pictures from this event (and others) for family and friends to view and download. Please use the following links…

Link: 2013 Squirrel Camp Picture Album
Link: 2013 Squirrel Camp Picture Album (All Pictures in a Zip File) (26 MB)
Link: The Texas Piney Woods Picture Gallery (All the TPW Picture Albums)

Note: Within a Picture Album, you can download the full size picture you are viewing by clicking on the download icon. It looks something like this…Photo Download Icon By downloading a picture using this icon you get the original file which should be big enough for printing. If possible I’ve provided a link to a “Zip” file of the photo album which will allow you to download all the pictures from the album in one zip file. If you’re not sure what a zip file is… please contact a techy friend or family member. :)

— Lynn Johnson

The following collage of pictures is from the TexasPineyWoods.com Web page portraying the tradition of squirrel hunting and camping in Deep East Texas.   Keywords: Texas Piney Woods, East Texas, Hunting, Squirrels, Camping, Big Iron Ore Creek

The following collage of pictures is from the TexasPineyWoods.com Web page portraying the tradition of squirrel hunting and camping in Deep East Texas.
Keywords: Texas Piney Woods, East Texas, Hunting, Squirrels, Camping, Big Iron Ore Creek

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Baby Red Tailed Hawk

Baby Red Tailed Hawk Sitting on Top of Pen

Baby Red Tailed Hawk Sitting on Top of Pen


In May of 2012 Dad (Royce Lynn) came across a baby red tail hawk. If I remember correctly it was in the middle of a dirt road. He pulled over, brought it home and fed it until it matured.

Eventually it was old enough and healthy enough that it just flew off. We say it around the house a few days after that, but eventually it moved on.

There’s no telling how many squirrels it has killed in the years to come.

(*Click on pictures to enlarge.)

Baby Red Tailed Hawk Around the House

Baby Red Tailed Hawk Around the House

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Squirrel Camp – 2007

(Lynn Johnson, 2014): I’ve maintained the Texas Piney Woods web site for close to 20 years now. It’s gone through variations and updates and periods of inactivity. So I am slowly getting a lot of the old material back up. One way I’ll do this from time to time is post a PDF document of the original posting. Like this one for the Squirrel Camp on 2007…

Link: Squirrel Camp 2007 (PDF) (5 MB)
Link: Squirrel Camp 2007 – Newspaper Article – Houston Chronicle (PDF) (3 MB)
Link: Squirrel Camp 2007 – Newspaper Article – Light & Champion (JPG) (1 MB)
Link: Squirrel Camp 2007 – Newspaper Article – Shelby Co Today (JPG) (1 MB)

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