I have a waterproof housing for my camera and I've been working up my nerve to use it for several months. The last time I used it, after all my careful tightening and testing, it leaked. It doesn't take a lot of salt water to totally destroy a camera, which is what happened. I sent the housing back to the guy who built it and he put in an improved gasket, but the problem is the little wing nuts that hold the housing together. I don't trust them. I think that's what happened...one of them got knocked last time. The housing can't leak if it rides around in a dinghy next to a motor that vibrates all the screws loose, or if someone puts something on top of it, or if I get thrown by a wave. It can't leak ever, no matter what happens. I need at least one fail safe and possibly another one after that. So this is a work in progress.
Meantime, it was such a beautiful evening. The dogs were in the water and there were white egrets edging the pond. The fall light was showing everything in gold and copper colors. I waded into the water, mostly looking out toward the egrets but also being very careful where I put my feet. I imagined how to fall. I've read stories about photographers who fell into the water on their backs, their heads submerged, but their arms up, their camera held high above the water. That was the plan.
It was a cool evening with beautiful warm light. The birds, who can wait patiently fishing for hours, eventually flew, and I followed one, turning as he turned and I got his wings open against the sky.
And then we went swimming. I love to swim and Wilson and Molly love to swim with me. Sometimes we swim side by side, three dogs in the pond, and sometimes they go to shore and tussle while I'm swimming. This is the perfect time to do this. No people to bother on the beaches while the dogs run around. No birds nesting. But the water is getting colder. I have all these little tricks for measuring how how cold it's getting day by day. It's one thing to get into the water. It's another to stay. There comes a day when I don't get used to it, when it just stays cold the whole time. That was yesterday.
I love all the things that can only be seen from down inside the water - and I want to show you. I've been planning how I was going to do this for months, but the limiting factor is that housing. Maybe I can solve it before the water gets too cold to get in. We'll see. I might have another few weeks. For now I have to be content to get as close as possible.