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When The Boat Comes In

By Hop-A-Long  
Good morning, I haven't been on in a few days, weeks, months, see it's been that long I've forgot just how long. It's been a busy period visiting Bradford University for a look around for my son next year, doing the garden, decorating the house and drinking tea.
Anyway, onto the photo today. This was taken yesterday, amazingly a recent shot from me and not one from the archives, it seems so long since I last had the camera properly in my hand. My friend and I took another trip to Paddy's Hole, Red Car and what a trip. I found loads to shoot and used a couple of memory cards, which I never do.
I am going to tell you what happened on the beach area of the harbour, if you are eating please wait until you have finished.
We had taken some shots by the lighthouse which is where today's photo came from, a fisherman had discarded some old bait and the gulls were going mad for it, we then decided to head for the harbour area where all the boats are. The tide was out so we could go down between the boats and get some good close up shots, which will be posted here over the next few days.
There are some chains on the ground which have all the mooring buoys attached to for the boats. These chains are corroded and really interesting, so I decided to get some shots of them.
I set up with the Bronica and added a tube to allow me to get close in. I wanted some shots on film before I started with the digital. With the tripod flattened out and the camera nearly on the floor I had to crouch down. I have problems with my knees and a severe pain came over my right knee which caused me to overbalance, I put my hand down to stop myself from falling which worked well. I then changed a setting on my Bronica, it was then I noticed something on the body of my camera, something brown and slimy. I took a closer look, only to realise it was dog poop, of all the places for me to put my hand I had found the only tiny area of the harbour's bed that a dog had decided to do it's business. My hand was covered, my camera was covered, it was on my tripod, in fact it was absolutely everywhere, I couldn't believe it.
When I fell and put my hand down I had felt something soft, but as I say we were down between the boats where there is seaweed, mud and other soft stuff so I had taken no notice as when I lifted my hand I didn't feel anything on it.
Well out came a bottle of water I was carrying and my micro-fibre cloths that I keep for cleaning my lenses, I was soon cleaned up, but more importantly so was my camera gear. When I got home everything that was affected was washed down with a dettol solution to get rid of it once and for all.
Moral of the story, no matter where you are shooting, look out for the dog that's pooping.

Cheers for looking and for any comments. Apologies if you were eating and reading.

Tags: Food Water Fly Lighthouse Pier Fish Bird Sea Eat Gull Mackerel Wildlife and nature

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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
9 Jul 2012 12:41PM
Some might say "s**t happens" ~ a great story.

A super opportunistic capture here ~ well done.


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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 1:08PM
Ouch and yuk.
Meanwhile back to the picture. Gulls will always find a free meal, whether it's from a fishing boat or the nearest chip stall.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 1:14PM

Quote:Some might say "s**t happens" ~ a great story.

A super opportunistic capture here ~ well done.


I agree.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
9 Jul 2012 2:38PM
I have stood on it a few times Andy,
but never put my hand in it !!
God shot.
And look forward to seeing these chains you are talking about.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 2:55PM
And I bet you didn't eat a chip or drink a cuppa till you had washed all the Dettol off at home!

After all that, an excellent shot.

You realise that Mick will lurk near your portfolio now that you have mentioned rusty chains, I expect. When you upload the first pic he'll be onto it faster than a gull to a bag of chips Wink

Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
9 Jul 2012 5:22PM
I do hope your friend recorded the incident!!GrinGrin

A well-sleek gull you've captured there.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 8:33PM
Excellent capture, well spotted and captured.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Jul 2012 5:55AM
Yuk SadSad. I bet the smell in the car going home was none too sweet, Andy Grin Carol
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
12 Jul 2012 11:45PM
Peeeuuuu and yuck - had a similar accident while photographing flowers in the bog in Norway - people are supposed to pick up after their dogs, but this person had let the pooch poo in the high weeds - grrrr.


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