Down and Dirty
I’ve had some requests to show my ground pod set up so here are a few shots of me laying in the muck at Bolviar Flats. Taken by my best photo bud, Sheldon Morton, these show the typical stuff that we lay in at Bolivar to get eye level with the shorebirds. Some areas aren’t too bad with just sand and salt water but others like this area are a little more challenging. While walking off shore to get to this area, I sunk down in the mud several inches and barely was able to pull my feet out. It helps in the winter to wear waders to keep the bottom half dry. Summer is messier when I just wear jeans. The sand, muck and salt water seems to get every where including the camera equipment.
I’ve tried my regular tripod once there to get this low but it doesn’t move around easily enough to keep up with the action. The “skimmer” ground pod is easily pushed around and is easy to pick up, except when it acts like a suction cup in the mud.
My coat was open in the last shot due to my zipper breaking at the start of the day. Not a good sign. Luckily that it was only in the mid 40’s or it would have been a little chilly. I should have bailed at that point but it got more interesting when I got a screw loose, literally. The screw that holds my lens plate on loosened up and everything shifted around. Had to take it apart to hand hold the camera. Decided then that it was a good time to bail to Anahuac NWR.
These photos remind me how gray my hair is and how much I need a much longer lens…