The Pride Before the Fall

As I’ve done many times before, I walked into the middle of the river to get some low, wide angle shots of the swiftly moving water. This time, however, I misjudged the power of the rain swollen rapids and a misplaced foot on a slippery rock sent me tumbling into the current. I struggled to keep the camera above the water, sacrificing knees, feet, and arms as I tumbled along. Just as I was about to be swept into a deep, turbulent pool I managed to grab hold of the tree in the middle with one arm while holding the camera up with the other.

After a few minutes of trying to figure out how I was going to get out of this predicament with my camera intact, I managed to slowly pull myself up onto the tree and escape the torrent. The camera received a pretty good splashing but I was very fortunate it didn’t get submerged. While this wasn’t necessarily a life threatening experience, I almost destroyed my camera. I’ll just have to be more careful next time. :-) This was the last shot I took right before I fell in.




  1. kheops says:

    a sacry story indeed :) take care of the camera to bring us more and more beautiful pictures, this one rocks for sure :)
    best wishes

  2. It really feels like the water is rushing towards you – great shot and story. It's amazing what you do without thinking sometimes to get the shot!

  3. laanba says:

    Yikes Andy, I'm glad you are ok. And yeah that water looks pretty strong. The artist suffering for his work. :-)

  4. MTFanders says:

    OK, I'll say it. You D.A.! What where you thinking Andy. Ya, interesting perspective shot from the guy the fire department guys had to rescue! That little boy from the previous post was able to watch his daddy dangle from a rescue helicopter on T.V.! I know how much rain we've gotten in Texas and continue to get.

    Andy, it ain't worth it bud.

  5. Andy says:

    Hi folks,
    Lest anyone think I was unduly risking my life here, rest assured I wasn't. My camera almost ate it but my life was never in any danger. This area was fairly shallow and only became a problem while trying to keep the camera dry.

  6. Mark says:

    Heh! Before I read your description, I was thinking – I wonder if the camera got dunked here. Very cool shot – and hey – you have a story to go along with it – what could be better!

  7. Jeff says:

    Sorry, but I think the story is better than the image.

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