$20 well spent…


I love getting close to the water, whether that’s a pond, river, or the ocean. Getting closer to the water can offer a more interesting – maybe even unique – perspective for composition, but here in Maine there’s one problem… even in the summer it’s pretty darned cold!

I’ve read online about landscape photographers wearing wetsuits or hip-high waders as they get close to – or into – the water to get their shot. I’m not quite ready to go that far, but I do sometimes want to get a little closer to a breaking wave, or place my tripod in the middle of a fast-moving stream without then having to deal with wet feet for the rest of the day.

With this in mind, I recently invested $20 in a pair of wellies from Walmart. In the photograph above, I was able to position myself comfortably in the edge of the surf at Sand Beach as several waves washed in and around where I was standing. I was hoping to capture some movement in the water, so I waited for the waves to pull back out before pressing the shutter. With perfectly dry feet, I spent a glorious morning on what is my favorite beach… much closer to the water than I would normally.

After Sand Beach, I wandered over to the Jordan Pond Stream to see just how high the water was running. We had a ton of rain these past few days, and I figured that the flow in the stream would be pretty high… and it was. Me and my new wellies… this is about as close to the front of the camera you are ever likely to find me 🙂


28 thoughts on “$20 well spent…

    • David Patterson

      Leanne… thanks. Though my new wellies are pretty simple and I wouldn’t want to be hiking too far in them, I do like the idea of being able to at least get into the shallow water in places.

    • David Patterson

      Thanks. Though it was the middle of the day I always enjoy being at this “far end” of Sand Beach. All sorts of goodies are revealed at low tide, and on this particular day the surf was running pretty high.

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Dariya. I actually bought the wellies for one specific photograph that I have been planning. It involves me climbing into a sea cave at low tide, and there is no way I could do it without some sort of waterproof footwear. Stay tuned… but in the meantime I plan on getting my money’s worth out of my stylish rubber boots 🙂

    • Bill

      I had not heard the term “wellies” since Jean and I were in Ireland 4 or 5 years ago. We had to wear some on one of our photography side trips. Never knew you could find them in Walmart.

      • David Patterson

        Great to hear from you Bill. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that you would have to wear wellies in Ireland! I learned that you can spend $20 on simple rubber wellies, or you can spend a ton of money on higher end ones. Who knew there even were “high end” wellies!

    • David Patterson

      Thanks. The sea cave is quite something. I have to wait until sunrise lines up with a low tide – can’t get in there unless the tide is low.

  1. I feel the same way about my rain pants!! But WalMart?! 😦 I hate giving my money to the evil empire, but sometimes it can’t be helped. Are you referring to the seacave around Great Head?

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