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Back To Nature XV

Posted by
Mike Cash (Kiryu, Japan) on 9 June 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

From my first trip back to the rivers this year (the water is very chilly even in August and June is about the earliest I care to go wading). This was one of those places where I had to use a rope to access the river from the roadway; the bank is just too steep and soft for me to climb up and down it without something firm to hang onto. What I really wanted to take was a couple of falls on the upstream side of a bridge a few meters away, but just below the bridge the river narrows to about six feet wide and what looked to be about five feet deep running between steep and slick bedrock and the river is inaccessible from the upstream side of the bridge. I'm going to have to figure out some waterproof container for my gear and just swim up the twenty or thirty feet of the deep narrow spot so I can get to the falls. I couldn't see the narrows from the bridge and I went into the water only prepared for mid-thigh depths.

To make it worse, as I'm out of practice I forgot to check all my settings on the camera and only came out with a couple of usable photos, neither of which was particularly good and of which this is one. I didn't convert this to black and white to be artsy....I shot it in black and white by accident.

This is in the Kiryu River, so if you live in Kiryu and thought your tap water tasted funny last Sunday that was probably my feet you were tasting.

Pentax K20D
S-M-C Takumar 35/2
Linear Polarizer

PENTAX K20D 4 seconds ISO 100 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

4 seconds
ISO 100
52 mm (35mm equiv.)