Back in the Saddle
Several weeks have passed since I was paddling at Sweet Marsh to photograph American lotus plants and was caught in extremely strong winds from storms a county away. We had no rain, no thunder, and no lightning, just wind gusts that came without warning. My kayak never tipped over since I turned to face into the devil (the wind). Still, the gusts lifted the front of the kayak so high that water poured in behind the seat. Then, as my kayak rode the wave, the back was lifted high and water continued to fill the kayak from the front. This process repeated for many minutes while I was also being blown toward and eventually into the shore. As the water filled my kayak, all of my camera equipment was destroyed, with some of it still missing at the marsh.
Since that day, I have not returned to Sweet Marsh waters in that kayak to work on photography. I have paddled my “barge” kayak and have had the “soaked” kayak out, but not with camera equipment. Today was the day to get back in the saddle and face my hesitations, my uncertainty about having camera equipment out on the water, my caution with what the water and weather can do to a person.
I retraced my water route to where the American lotus were blooming and was rewarded with many times more blossoms than were visible on that fateful day. Conditions were good to shoot photos – some close and some further away. The aroma of the lotus blossoms was a treat that permeated the air. The experience, while not quite magical due to me being guarded, was pleasant.
Now that I have crossed that line, I will be out again and will hopefully relax more when I have my camera equipment with me, which is almost all of the time. The fluid movements and comfort in the kayak will return, hopefully soon. Once again my confidence will allow me to move about and shoot the pictures I want without hesitation about the weather. It will come, with time.
I want to share with you a sampling of some of the many images recorded today. Most were of the American lotus blossoms, but not all. I am including some other pictures made during this outing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.
If you want to see the pictures in a larger format, with video, and set to music, click on this link: