"The Things I Do For a Photo"
We are photographing loons near Kamloops, British Columbia. Every morning we wake up crazy early. My internal clock is all messed up and lately it's been waking me up at 2:45 to 3 am, even though we don't actually leave the campsite until 4:40 am. The past three mornings, there has been frost on the kayaks when we set out. We drive down to the dock here at the campground, get the kayaks out on the big lake, then paddle over to a bridge. The bridge is pretty low to start with and this year the lake is high. I have to lean way back and over to the side to get under the bridge, scrunching up my legs. My camera has to be precariously removed from the support that James built for it, in order to fit under the bridge. It has to go on the kayak deck. I then use my hands to pull myself under, using each bridge support. Sometimes I bump my head, but so far I haven't had any slivers from the wood. This whole process must look very comical to anyone observing it, actually. Once we cross under, then we paddle some more on the little adjoining lake to find the loons. We photograph until the loons go back to sleep, or the light gets bad, or the wind gets bad, whichever comes first. Then we paddle all the way back, going under the bridge once again. James got this photo of me doing just that. My next post will show why we go through all this craziness.
Photo Copyright 2017, James Hager. Posted with permission.
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