You know you had a good photo day when you use the extra tools in your trunk.
Like many photographers, I carry around a hard hat and a pair of rubber waders in my trunk just in case. I rarely use the stuff. And though I use my camera bag routinely, I don’t often need to cinch it up and secure the straps to employ the bike messenger design.
I needed to hike through marshy wetlands for maybe a mile to reach the confluence of the Sulphur Creek Wasteway and the Yakima River, where environmental technicians used booms, boats and vacuums to clean up the spill.
The ground was wet in places and I needed to clamber over fallen trees and exposed roots to get as close as I wanted, so my boots and secured bag helped. Meanwhile, the crews were required to wear hard hats, so I did, too.
I’m happy with the way the photos turned out.
I’m glad I resisted temptation long ago to clean out my trunk to make room for grocery shopping or whatever.
I also carry around old hiking boots, a warm hat and gloves, a straw hat a complete change of clothes. My snow boots and thermal underwear find their way inside during the winter. I know other photographers who add reflective vests, steel-toed shoes and Nomex fire resistant clothing to the collection.
Now, I’m thinking of adding something else.
A few of the cleanup workers used a boats Tuesday. Though tempted to ask for a lift, I knew they would at the very least require me to wear a life jacket.
I think there is room in my little trunk for one more item.