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Continued from yesterday’s post. So I eagerly headed off to photograph this wreck of a car that had been stranded out here on the mudflats for years. This was going to make an interesting subject. I cut across from dead mangrove over the mudflats. Things were going well but the light was changing. Not wanting to miss the shot I pressed ahead. They say fools rush in and I was about to prove that old proverb true. The ground got a bit softer but was manageable. “Gotta get that shot and keep pressing on.! Not far now.” And then suddenly I’m having trouble getting my feet out of the mud. More than that I’m sinking. A panic swept over me as I realize how much trouble I was in. I try to lift one leg out but the other sinks to my knee. The realization that I could be in grave danger on an deserted beach hit me like a tonne of bricks. I summoned every bit of rational thought I could to suppress the panic. “Think about this and you will get out” I tell myself. Trying to struggle free I fall forward and break my fall with my splayed out tripod. My initial thought is “Oh shit I’m going to ruin the camera”. But then I realize the camera won’t sink because it’s area is spread out. I’m going to have to crawl out of here or keep sinking. So I managed to extract each leg and on all fours and crawl my way over 40 meters to semi dry land. My shoes, socks, pants and the arms of my shirt are all soaked and filled and covered mud. I take the the photo but by this stage I just want to go home. I took the best part of an hour to find a safe route back to shore. Not sure what my partner, my friends and family would do if this had gone much worse. It’s definitely given me pause for reflection. Photography and nature and amazing but no photo is worth your safety. It could have been me stuck like this old wreck. ⠀
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  • michaelpattersonpics
    @eclectic.shooter Hah you might be on to something. Don’t know where I’d get snow shoes in a desert though haha! Honestly I think I’ll leave well enough alone when it comes to tidal mud! Don’t want to end up like that old 4x4 haha! - 1 month ago
  • eclectic.shooter
    @michaelpattersonpics Of course, all you need is a pair of snowshoes and you can taunt the mud all you want! Nice connecting with you too, Michael! We’re very similar in our sincere desire to connect with people and make the time to write meaningful captions. 😁👍🙏 - 1 month ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @eclectic.shooter Yeah it was not my finest hour but I made it out. Coincidentally I was actually down there this morning and was shooting about 100 meters from the old wreck! No way was I going to repeat that blunder again. Got some wet shoes but that’s about the worst of it. Glad you like the image mate! Great connecting with you on here bud 😃 - 1 month ago
  • eclectic.shooter
    Whoah, incredible story! Like they say in the movies, don’t struggle in quicksand or you’ll go down faster. In this case you really did risk life and limb to get the shot (and a fantastic shot is it). Thanks for sharing this image and the cautionary tale! - 1 month ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @davidmcmahonphotography Thanks very much David! Very glad I made it to safety too. It was definitely a wake up call that I needed. I’m still keen to get out and explore but I need to be a lot more careful and aware of my surroundings. At the very least I got a decent story out of it, at best I got a bit wiser. Hope you have a great day David! 😃 - 2 months ago
  • davidmcmahonphotography
    Stunning photo but a riveting story as well. You're so right about rushing in where angels fear to tread. Glad you made it to safety. - 2 months ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @michaelpattersonpics Thanks a lot mate. Yeah if I’m ever up that way I’d love to catch up with you for a shoot. I hear it’s a beautiful town! Likewise if you’re ever up in norther WA let me know 😃 - 3 months ago
  • the_advent_philomath
    @michaelpattersonpics hey, thank you! means a lot :) your profile looks epic as well, hmu if youre around wollongong sometime :) - 3 months ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @the_advent_philomath Thanks a lot. Yeah it was a bit of a struggle to get to this subject but worth it in the the end. Thanks for the follow! You’ve got some brilliant travel photos and portraits too mate! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future 😃 - 3 months ago
  • the_advent_philomath
    love the composition! - 3 months ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @beachbossbabes Thanks a lot! Really appreciate that 😊 - 3 months ago
  • beachbossbabes
    Wow💥 - 3 months ago
  • something_about_melbourne
    @michaelpattersonpics Melbourne is pretty amazing! - 3 months ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @something_about_melbourne Wow, thank you so much! Really appreciate that like my work so much! You’ve got some brilliant shots of my home town! Making me home sick haha. Thanks a lot for the follow! - 3 months ago
  • something_about_melbourne
    Your photos are stunning! - 3 months ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @richard_marcus Thanks so much again Richard! It really was a great subject. Just turns out getting tonit was a bit more precarious than I anticipated. - 3 months ago
  • richard_marcus
    Beautiful work! 😍 - 3 months ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @jlusardi08 Yeah it was pretty hectic but got out the other side ok. Does make you think though, tomorrow is not promised. Gotta take care out there. Really appreciate that you took the time to read it though. Thanks again! - 3 months ago
  • jlusardi08
    Wow! What a story! Beautiful shot though. Sometimes it doesn't take much to make one pause. - 3 months ago
  • michaelpattersonpics
    @be_miwa Thanks for the kind words 😊 - 4 months ago
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