Ever since I was a kid, I've been near the water. The ocean, big lakes, small lakes, rivers, ponds, swimming pools. Heck, even a flooded street was an invitation to float a paper boat made from my parent's newspaper!
Depending on the activity, getting wet can be fun, calming, refreshing, exhilarating, and exciting. But unlike a duck, water does not roll off the backs of humans. Our bodies and anything associated with our person are subject to the consequences of contact with water. While I'm generally very cautious in my water surroundings, my brain occasionally does a disconnect...
Recently, one morning down by one of my favorite lake destinations, I decided to do a little exploring. I grabbed my camera and proceeded through the woods to a spot where large trees had fallen over the lake's surface. The early morning light was casting shadows and reflections on the water. I soon found myself climbing and walking out on the hovering tree trunks.
Moving steadily, I braced myself here and there and sometimes squatted down to get closer to the water. Getting wet was not a concern but my camera was. I made sure that the strap was around my neck. The water was shallow but dropping the camera would be a disaster. After awhile, I was satisfied that I had the shots I wanted and returned to dry land and my car. After storing my camera, I went to check my iphone for messages. But, at the end of the charging cord there was no phone. Oh yeah, I had put it in my pocket. Wait...not there either. Back tracked my trail. Sure enough, deep-six in about a foot of water! Water doesn't roll off of iphones either. I don't generally take my phone near water but maybe a watertight phone case is an addition to my collection of waterproof paraphernalia.