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Bear Bibeault
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OK, so I needed a series of photos for some example code I'm writing (for my next book, plug! plug!) and figured after the first two books, people are probably tired of seeing pictures of my dogs (which is what comprises 98% of my iPhoto library).

So I find myself, one recent morning, in a pair of knee-high fireman's boots, standing in the middle of a stream, taking pictures.

Why? Well, there are some awesome rock formations cut into the limestone by the creek (Bull Creek, to be specific) that I remember seeing last time I was in that area.

Problem is, that last time was during a drought and you could walk across the "stream" simply by stepping over puddles. This year has been on of the wettest on record (for Central Texas).

The stream was 2-inches deeper than my boots were tall.

I got wet.

So... dedication? Or insanity?


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Bear Bibeault
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I did get some pretty good pictures. Here's a few:








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Wow, those are amazing!


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Oh, and I didn't mention that even with all that water around, there's not a speck of mud! It's all limestone.

Slippery, slick, algae-covered limestone.

I was already wet with water sloshing over/into my boots, but all I could think of was the $700 camera in my hands!
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
all I could think of was the $700 camera in my hands!


That's all I could think of when I read your post!

I'd say dedication. Definitely.
Those are beautiful!
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When I was a kid, our Girl Scout troop went on a field trip to the local dam. The dam was closed so we decided to cross over to the other side of the river. Unfortunately, the rocks were slippery. One girl slipped. The stuff growing in the water "grabbed" her legs and but for the quick thinking of one of the troop leaders who extended a hefty branch for her to grab, she would probably have drowned. I'm glad you only got wet.


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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
I was already wet with water sloshing over/into my boots, but all I could think of was the $700 camera in my hands!


on a recent "Dirty Jobs", they were in a Louisiana swamp, when one of their boats went over.

estimated loss?

$100,000.

of course, I'm willing to bet they have a bigger equipment budget than you, too.

Those photos were great. I want to see more!!!


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Originally posted by Fred Rosenberger:
Those photos were great. I want to see more!!!
Gladly.

http://web.mac.com/bootedbear/Austin/Bull_Creek.html
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Beautiful, Bear. I had no idea Texas had anything like the particular kind of beauty these pictures show.
Bear Bibeault
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The first time I came to Austin, I was expecting flatlands and tumbleweeds. Far from it. Austin (especially the NW, where I live/work, and where these pics were taken) and the Hill Country to its immediate west are hilly and green and very pretty.

Then there's the rest of Texas...
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
Gladly.

http://web.mac.com/bootedbear/Austin/Bull_Creek.html


Great pics...now i know where i am gonna spend $700..
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Originally posted by Marilyn de Queiroz:
I had no idea Texas had anything like the particular kind of beauty these pictures show.


I'ts only along the Balcones Fault


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