April 24, 2004
I got up at 5:30 am in the chilly morning to revisit a nesting swan. Her nest is situated right to catch the early morning light. I hoped to be able to photograph her bathed in the soft light of the sunrise.
I got down to the nest site well before the sun came up. I sat and watched as the world along the water came to life. Birds started singing, red winged black birds probed along the cattails and ducks flew in and out of the area.
Just as the light was painting the swan in its warmest tones I had a mishap. I started to raise the legs of the tripod to photograph the swan from a higher viewpoint and as I was working on the legs my camera rolled off the tripod head and tumbled onto the wet ground below. Apparently the blade that holds the release plate on the camera had slid underneath the plate instead of over the top, and was not holding the camera securely.
I immediately started working on cleaning up the camera. I took my boots off, and then my socks and used my socks to damp off the soil and moisture from the camera. I got it cleaned up pretty well, except that some of the debris slid in through the flash shoe into the view finder, and I can't get it cleaned out.
Looks like a trip to the camera shop is in order.