05.17.2020 Humble Pie²

Humble admission number one. I boast often about not getting ticks on me.  At least not while wearing treated clothing.  But I did get one on me Friday while not wearing said duds. Not a big deal, Mary Beth was able to pluck it off and I got a prescription for doxycycline which has always been just what the doctor ordered. The tick became moot, but the doxy and I did not get along and I spent two days with  tingling in my face and a feeling of exhaustion. Guess no more doxy. I finally felt well enough to go out photographing today.

Humble admission number two.  I was shooting at Dean Brook this morning.  I saw the image below first but did other compositions and decided to do this last on the way out   although it did look sketchy for footing.  I made the image and thought it would look better from the other side of the channel. If you look carefully at the lower right you might be able to see that it could be slippery.  It looks that way because it was.  Right on my butt taking the tripod and camera with me (the Canon hit rock but seems fine), filling my boots to the top with squishy water, soaking my clothes to the skin including everything in my wallet (the bills are drying between pieces of paper towel), and giving my shoulder a bone contusion…my diagnosis. The hip is sore too. But plucky idiot that I am, I got up and made two more exposures from the other side before going to the car.  They weren’t worth the trouble. Live and learn.  Quit while you’re ahead.  🙂  I’ll be fine but won’t be hailing a taxi with my right arm any time soon.

For the trouble, I didn’t compose the other two correctly and cut off the tree on the right which I happen to like.  Afterwards I squished my way back up the hill and drove home.  I am supposed to make a chicken stir fry for dinner but not sure about my knife skills right now.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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42 Responses to 05.17.2020 Humble Pie²

  1. Jim R says:

    Bad things can happen very quickly catching us off guard.

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  2. Oh, I’m sorry for your double mishaps. We nature photographers sometimes pay a price for what we do.

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  3. Glad you got away with minor cost. At my age I’ve become more cautious about such situations, though it rankles the ego. The idea of being stranded with a broken hip a mile from the car is worrisome. Keep your phone handy at all cost!

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    • That is true…it could have been worse. I’m at that age too but sometimes forget. I am not happy about accepting it, although am fairly proud of having lasted this long…not everyone does. My phone is always in my pocket and in this case underwater. I’ve thought about getting one of those SPOT devices because a few locations I frequent do not have phone coverage. Thanks for commenting, Steven.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Who says nature photography is easy? This is a beautiful image, though, so you made something out of the outing. I love the perspective, with the water flowing right towards us, and those great greens in the foreground. I recall a similar experience, trying to maneuver over a large mossy rock, slipping, belly flopping on the rock, thankfully with the camera on tripod held to the side and above the water, but then slowly sliding down the rock into the water. At least we get some great stories out of the experiences, though. 🙂

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    • This was sort of the same although not a belly flop. As I held the camera and tripod up after they hit, I began to flow downstream with the water. Fortunately not very far. 🙂 I do think the image was worth shooting and maybe if my wits hadn’t been shaken the second and third from the other side would have worked too.

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  5. Ms. Liz says:

    Beautiful photo but I’m sad to hear of the mishap and your sore right arm. I hope you heal soon Steve.

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  6. If you haven’t broken something, been in the hospital, lost blood, or been bit you are not doing nature photography right. 😂😂😂

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, gosh, a string of bad luck, Steve. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  8. Rule #1: save the camera at ALL COST to personal well being (especially in the days of film when a broken camera could mean losing that perfect shot)!
    Rule #2: stay in the water and set up your tripod, taking a few shots to pretend that’s what you were planning all along.
    Rule #3: never apologize for obeying Rule #1, but never try to explain it to the ER nurse.
    Rule #4: NEVER admit that it hurt.

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    • This is the third time I have fallen while holding the tripod and camera over me but the first time it hit. There was no one to see my humiliation so no ass to cover. So far no ER nurse required in all my mishaps, save for a mosquito encounter. Obviously I failed #4. 🙂

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      • Dave Ply says:

        You and Texas Dude remind me of a cat; if they slip, fall, slide, or do any other undignified act they just act like it was part of the plan all along. After all, how can you get us all to really feel the stream shot if you don’t feel it first?

        Heal well.

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      • The healing is going well, thanks. If you sell it well enough then it will be believed.

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  9. susurrus says:

    Gosh – not good, but it could have been much worse. I imagine the last two shots were cursory at best, just to carry out your mission and check that both you and the camera were operational. I hope your shoulder soon feels better.

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    • Yes, had I hit my head it could have been worse indeed. The last two shots were similar actually but not well composed compared to this one. The shoulder is feeling better today but now all the others bruises are making themselves known. One pain at a time they say. 🙂 Thanks, Susan.

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  10. Very nice image Steve! Hope you recover quickly! At my age I have learned sometimes the shot I really want is not worth the risk!

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  11. krikitarts says:

    In my experience, if you feel that a certain perspective is worth the effort, then it (usually) is. There are times–of course, present one definitely included–when the toll quite exceeds what one was readily willing to pay, but we learn from each such lesson to be at least a bit more cautious next time. And, this is a very special reward for all your effort and modest misadventure. It’s good that you are still in pretty good shape and that no serious injury resulted. Wish you a fast and uneventful recovery!

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    • Thanks, Gary. Yes, I am fortunate to still be supple enough to absorb a hit or two…but they are getting to be more noticeable. I’d like to think I learned a lesson but you know how us older folks can be so stubborn about aging. The image did turn out to my liking…too bad I thought it needed a better composition though. 🙂

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  12. shoreacres says:

    Well, given the number of waterfalls you’ve hung around and photographed, it probably was inevitable that one day you’d take your own water-fall. I’m glad it wasn’t more serious, and hope the camera doesn’t have any hidden injuries. Your reference to squishing up the hill reminded me of the two times I went into the water at work. After getting back on land, there was nothing for it but putting my wet self in the car and driving home — and after the January plunge, there was a lot of water squishing out of those layers of clothing.

    Here’s to better days and a quick recovery. Now, I’m going to go find my Permethrin.

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    • Everything does seem t have survived so far. Thanks, Linda. Yeah, I guess it was my time to take a tumble after all the times I’ve pressed my luck.
      Fortunately, I have a few movers’ blankets so was able to save my car’s upholstery from getting soaked. Just a bit of dampness got through. I actually chuckled with each squishy step on the way back to the car. Such a funny sound.
      Definitely protect thyself.

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  13. OUCH! I’ve certainly been there, done that. Luckily you have this wonderful shot…from the first side! Isn’t that always the way it goes?
    As for ticks~ I let my dog out for a last visit to the yard last night before going to bed, and sat reading while he curled up in bed. A movement caught my eye and when I looked closer I saw that a tick was strolling about on his neck!!! From the yard! We live in the middle of a suburban neighborhood in the middle of a town, pretty far from deer. 😦 😦 We do have lots of little critters, though, including mice no doubt. And being a terrier he loves to play with them. My skin is crawling just thinking about it.

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    • We treat Bentley as I am sure yu do yours but they do make an attempt just the same. I found one crawling on his bed the other day after it abandoned him. Another like that may have been the source of mine. If your weather was like ours then you are having a banner year for ticks. 😦

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      • Yes, I’m afraid it is our new normal. We’re hoping to move to Asheville in a couple of years and I’m afraid it will be even worse there. Out in the Pacific NW we never used to have any but I have read that they are seeing them, now, also.
        As a matter of fact, it is time to give Pete his May dose…thanks for reminding me!

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  14. Oh my goodness, Steve, you have been through the wars! Lovely shot for all you pains, though, but I would rather you stay safe and healthy.

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    • As others have mentioned, it’s part of the price we pay for the pleasure of nature photography. I’d rather that too, Pete. I’ll do my best but my enthusiasm often gets the better of me. 🙂

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  15. eremophila says:

    Well I’m glad you’re making a recovery Steve, and that it wasn’t worse.
    Back in my crazy horse competition days, in a mid winter cross country event, my horse and I had a mishap at the water jump. It was meant to be on the edge of the dam, but big rains the previous night filled the dam. Hmmm.
    In front of a big crowd I was left swimming fully clothed in to shore. Back on the horse to complete the rest of the course, wet and cold for a kilometre or so. I found out later, it was captured on film!
    A small consolation was that I wasn’t the only one to have a dunking that day😁

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    • As you said for me, so I say for you that I am glad that it was only your pride that suffered and no physical injury. Happily I had no witnesses but, otoh, a witness could have come to my aid had it been needed. Thanks, Annie.

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  16. Littlesundog says:

    It has been a bad tick year here so far. In some places one can hear them dropping from the elm trees like the pitter patter of rain. Daily I come back to the house with at least one attached.Our dogs have collected them too, just going out to do their business in our front yard. There seems to be no escaping them this year! We saw footage on a game camera of a buck that had a mass of them clinging to the top of his head behind the antlers. At least Tukker deer lets us pick a few off – he seems to understand it helps to remove them.
    I’ve fallen a few times on wet, clay-type soil here on the place. It’s always been my first instinct to save the camera. Fortunately, I have never taken a bad fall. I’m glad your adventure wasn’t worse. I think you ended up with a very beautiful image.

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    • Your comment about hearing ticks falling reminded me of the sound of caterpillar frass falling from trees during gypsy moth outbreaks. I’ve been lucky this year with only two, the aforementioned attached and one that was just crawling. Tukker is a smart deer.
      Sorry you’ve fallen but glad there were no injuries. I never used to fall but have lost my sense of balance and some strength in my legs since a illness so hit the ground a bit more now. First time in a brook though.Cameras don’t heal as easily as we do, although that slows down each year too. 🙂 Glad that you like the image. Thanks, Lori.

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  17. bluebrightly says:

    Oh man, Steve, we just don’t listen to ourselves, do we? That sounds like a miserable fall. And I totally get that you would stubbornly go for more photographs. We all have war stories and I know you have lots of them…Anyway, once I was in the woods in CT, bending over to look at something. I had reading glasses on my head, they fell off into the ground cover, I reached and muddled around to locate them, and instead found some kind of bee or hornet’s nest. Though I ran as fast as I could, I got many stings. They hurt! Some even followed me into the car – damn, they were mad. I drove straight to the hospital a good hour away, because I knew I was in shock. What a mess, but at least I”m not allergic and after they gave me whatever drugs they thought best, I recovered quickly. Then there are ticks, which are thankfully rare-to-none here. I think we’ve talked about Lyme before. I wonder if your reaction to the Doxy could be related to changes in your chemistry as a result of Lyme or its treatment. Not something to dwell on though. Glad you’re OK! (You ARE, right?)

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    • Yes, I am. 🙂
      That must have been awful, Lynn. I’ve had a few run ins with yellow jackets, up my shorts while mowing in one instance, but with that one exception I Always saw them before they saw me so was able to get away. I bet you get pretty nervous now whenever you get close to stinging insects.
      I was hurting but able to snap off another few shots and, as you read, they were unnecessary which made the whole thing worse. Two weeks later and the range of motion is pretty much all back and just a little pain left if I try to sleep on that side.
      I have never had lyme and always take the doxy as a precaution as I can almost always feel the little buggers crawling on me. The ones I don’t feel I find during inspection before bed and pull off. With one exception, always within the 24 hour period and there has never been the telltale bullseye. Just cautious. I am not sure if I’ll give the doxy another try as it never bothered me before or switch to something else…maybe amoxicillin works.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        I’m not much more afraid – I tend to forget these things when I’m in the moment, for better or worse. I’m glad you’re better now. I do think about falling pretty often.
        For some reason, I thought you had Lyme once. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you to be careful with the antibiotics, for your own sake and for the sake of the planet. Lyme is really bad though so I get that you want to be sure you’re not going to have that problem. Well, look at all the great days we have had outdoors and all the beautiful images we’ve made. Spread out, they surely outweigh the falls, bruises, stings, and such. 🙂

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      • Maybe you were thinking of West Nile Virus as Lyme. Although WNV can be much more serious, and it was almost fatal, Lyme has more lasting effects, I think. Hopefully there will be a lyme vaccine on the horizon.

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