Star of the Pond
This photo was taken at Punaluu Beach, near the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii. This beach is known for its fine black sand derived from nearby lava flows. Just behind the beach there was this small freshwater pond. A few water lilies were blooming out in the middle. I instantly saw the opportunity, threw off my shoes, and waded right in. The pond was very organic and dark gooey mud squeezed between my toes. As I waded amongst the thick green lily pads and pond slime, I was surprised to find the water turned deeper than I had thought. As I carefully sank my tripod 4 feet down into the dark liquid, my shorts started getting soaked, and I got the shot.
The lesson here is that if you see something interesting to photograph, don’t hesitate to dive right in and get it. Your shorts will dry, your tripod is meant to suffer humiliation and abuse, and you can always wash off the muck off your feet.