Thursday, January 10, 2013

A winter walk in the Dismal Swamp #4

Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk, Virginia 

After heavy rains a couple of days before we arrived in the Dismal Swamp, the water was high in many areas and several times we had to put a log across a flooded path in order to continue. I was carrying the telephoto lens in my coat pocket "just in case" and while jumping across a puddle, the lens fell out and landed half in and half out of the water. I plucked it out of the water and dried it off as quickly as I could. Fortunately no water got in the contacts on the rear of the lens, but there was water inside the front element. I was afraid that this lens was doomed, but I after I got home, I put the lens in a zip-lock bag with a couple of cups of rice and after a few days, the lens was perfectly dry and functional. Lesson learned.


  1. Good move with the lens. I wouldn't have thought of the rice trick.

    That first shot of the grass and the reflection of the trees in the water is especially nice. Captures the Swamp's mood well!

    1. I wouldn't have thought of the rice trick either without a little help from Google :) But it worked like a charm.

    2. Wonder what all that tannin did to the lens! :-)

    3. Ah, now I can take nice sepia toned pictures!


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