Tuesday, May 4, 2021


I wonder how much I will miss mangroves and palms, sweat and humidity in the not too distant future?
I know I'll miss the no maintenance swimming pool behind the house. We swim in the canal during the months of daylight saving time, when there is daylight after I get home from work, on days without lightning or rain which makes the water cold.
We used to go boating from our old home on Ramrod Key as we lived on a busy canal and the bay had islands and shallows where we could anchor and even picnic when the mood took us. Cudjoe Bay is a broad shallow basin with nowhere to park and picnic so we swim in the canal, easily and often.
I haven't yet grasped the nuances of submersible photography as must be evident, but I know there will be days when the water is clear and the sky is bright, so I live in hope.
Simply having a submersible camera seems revolutionary enough for me. Were I inclined I could drop it, walk on it, put it in the freezer or boil it and they say it would be fine. So I photograph my foot with it instead.
I got to thinking that if my travels work out I should be seeing much rain, a fair bit of wind, some deserts and sandy beaches and therefore I should get prepared. I got an unobtrusive black colored Olympus TG6 which the reviews said takes the best pictures among underwater cameras. It also fits in my pocket and has a complicated menu that does lots of things but gives me brain ache trying to remember them all.  It will take pictures fifty feet underwater.
I quite like the pictures, I find, especially considering I was bobbing around like an unsupported cork pushing wet hair out of my eyes.
The great thing about the Olympus is that you can twiddle knobs and dials with wet hands, unlike a waterproof smartphone. The entire camera is self contained with even the zoom is inside the housing. It is no bigger than a smartphone though thicker perhaps, and fits into a pocket. At $450 its a lot cheaper than a phone though it's got GPS if you need to navigate. It can't make phone calls, thankfully.
I fiddle with it obsessively trying to learn the nuances as I am told it rains quite a bit in Alaska.
On the whole I am an 80/80/80 type of human.  I like 80 degree air temperature, 80 degree water temperature and eight percent humidity. Don't think that will be on offer in those places where the tough Olympus will shine.