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.