Monday, December 28, 2009

Ice Water

I guess I was good enough this year to make Santa's list. He brought me a nifty new digital camera that is waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof, dustproof, etc. Now if I can just figure out how to work the thing I'd be all set. It came with a 275 page instruction manual. And that's just the English version. I have a bit of reading to do...

Nonetheless, I took the camera to a local tailwater river yesterday to see if I could get some underwater shots of trout. First, of course, I had to catch them but that wasn't terribly difficult despite the 12˚ air temps. The hardest part of fishing in the winter is keeping your hands warm. Well that and getting out wind knots in tiny monofilament tippet and tying on size 22 midges (tiny, tiny bugs).

Regardless, I did catch some fish and I did take some underwater shots. For a first attempt, they weren't too shabby.

I got to thinking about respecting wildlife on the drive home, and having this new camera reminded me that there are definitely ways to enjoy wildlife in ways that are both legal (catching and releasing fish) and ethical (not getting too close, not feeding, etc.). It boils down to doing what we can to respect and protect all wildlife.


dmnaz1 said...

Great shots. I am curious which camera you got. I also received an underwater camera for Christmas but so far the only underwater shots I have taken have been of a Christmas decoration in the tub! Outside temperatures are -15C (5F) so I might be waiting for a bit to try it on any fish.

Ben said...

I got the Pentax W80. Still figuring it out but it's done well so far.