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written the evening of;

an entire arm of the lake has pretty much dried up and I've been watching and trying to figure out how to shoot it. I say dry and it looks dry but this is land that has been underwater for decades. it's a bit muddy under the crust for quite a few feet. even with no clouds and the prospect of the light going high contrast rather quickly, I felt the need to get out and shoot. so I dawned my muck boots and went for my first attempt. much to my delight the night had been cold enough that the top was frozen solid. I boldly ventured forth marveling at the artifacts that were not so long ago covered by the waves. There was a duel set of tires and wheels from a semi... I imagine it was quite a sight the day they shot off the bridge at 50 mph. I thought to myself that this was going better than I thought it might as I passed the remains of of a catfish stripped of everything but the spine and head. so further and further I went... discoveries abound. the morning was a mild one, not a soul around and the warmth of the rising sun made it a most pleasant sojourn.

I found myself here and set the tripod up just inches from the ground, laid down and began shooting in earnest. I was pretty happy, shooting a few images here... crawling over and shooting a few there. the branches and ground are covered with frost glittering in the morning sun. right after this shot I'm wondering why the crack on the bottom left corner isn't there any more. I know that I hadn't bumped the camera. in quick succession I also wonder why my knees... then elbows... then chest feel suddenly cold.

I suppose sometimes I don't think things through... the flats were thawing and I had broken through the crust.

I push up to my knees, my front covered in half frozen mud. then my right knee promptly sucks down into the mud. at this stage it occurs to me it would be a good time to leave. I begin leaning back to break the suction. I grab my tripod and camera as my knees break loose and use it to help me stand. of course as I stand both of my feet go about a foot and a half deep into the mud. I balance on my tripod (thank you manfrotto!) and pull my right foot out... unfortunately it wasn't wearing a muck boot. so one foot buried, one foot in air and the rest of me leaning on the tripod I reach in and pull it out. For the next five minutes or so, this ballet of the absurd continues as I slowly work myself to an area still in the shade. there was much swearing involved in this process... but as I was standing on the hard crust I found myself grinning.

I suppose there's still a lot of eastern oklahoma left in me... 'cause that shit was fun.

now... I think I'll go put on some more mentholatum ointment. :peace:

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I've been havin' some hard travelin', I thought you knowed.
I've been havin' some hard travelin', way down the road.
I've been havin' some hard travelin', hard ramblin', hard gamblin'.
I've been havin' some hard travelin', lord.

I've been ridin' them fast rattlers, I thought you knowed
I've been ridin' them flat wheelers, way down the road
I've been ridin' them blind passengers, dead-enders, kickin' up cinders
I've been havin' some hard travelin', lord

I've been hittin' some hard-rock minin', I thought you knowed
I've been leanin' on a pressure drill, way down the road
Hammer flyin', air-hose suckin', six foot of mud and I shore been a muckin'
And I've been hittin' some hard travelin', lord


[link] woody guthrie
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moreMDM Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, you would!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
:lol: you can laugh now but oh my, ......the things photographers will do
to get a good shot.....which it sure is, glad you came out of it ok :hug:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank ya Donna!
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
ya welcome :) :hug:
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MarioDellagiovanna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
you are a writer, ...at least a story teller
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
or something ;)

thank you Mario... I'm glad you enjoyed.
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MarioDellagiovanna Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
very welcome!
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Kaslito Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, Dennis!!! I think it was a hard moment, but the picture worth it!!! :thumbsup:
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you much Carlos!!!
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:iconkaslito:
Kaslito Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
My pleasure!
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martinaschenk Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
maybe you consider to publish these kind of stories also here (center for digital story telling) [link]
i would definitely take a look at yours
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
you're most kind... thank you for the link as well :)
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martinaschenk Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
great picture. great story.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes! Traveling where angels fear to tread :D Glad you didn't end up as an artifact yourself.

The picture is excellent as usual, Dennis. And I love the story...I'd definitely agree that you're a country boy. :)

Those lyrics are great, too.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
lol me too!

thank you Stan! :)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
:handshake:
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Lunox-baik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
great!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Kai!
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Michaeldavitt Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Writer
oh yeah good shot to boot !
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Michael :)
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Michaeldavitt Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Writer
One thing that's for certain
His luck would never last
Lost his money in a card game
And his mind back in the past

You can scream out on the highways
You can stargaze all you can
You can look all around the whole wide world
gone now a hard traveling man
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
He's going down in history
He's going down in history oh, lord...
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pyrrhite Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Did it ever once occur to you
that you might not be able
to find your boot?
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
well I knew right where I left it... lol I considered leaving them to the mud gods a couple of times but I would looku and see how long my return walk was. barefoot sounded cold and not fun.
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pyrrhite Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
It might have got sucked in, disappeared and never been seen
or heard from again. It would be dreadful if anything terrible
like that ever happened to your boot.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
it would be terrible... being stuck in the mud is just a few letters from being a stick in the mud.

now I have to go look up the origin of stick in the mud. I hope you're happy.
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pyrrhite Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
You seem curiously impervious to the gravity of the situation.

Did you find out? Isn't it self-evident? Especially under recent circumstances?
That's right gentlemanly of you.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
it turns out I was the stick in the mud!

first reference around 1730 or so.
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Phostructor Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
You got your muddy's worth. . .
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
LOL thank you!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
:lmao: worth the shot :clap:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you sir!
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figueline Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
:D
Excellent :clap:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Figueline! :D
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Enkased Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Ahahahaha... hilarious. great shot though, well worth the mud... :D
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
oh it was fun... thank you brother.
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Korni Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What about the coloured version? :)
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
less dramatic... maybe I'll use a color on another shot from there :)
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gettin' down and dirty!! :giggle: You're quite the adventurer as well as an amazing photographer!! :hug:

Please take care! :heart:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
lol you are most gracious MJ!

thank you :heart:
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome Dennis! :heart:
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