The river bottom of the Upper Delaware River is an ever changing and diverse landscape. The general beauty of the underwater river world is that it is rarely the same but largely familiar. Small things tend to hustle along with the flow of the minor currents and large things tend to stay put unless the river really decides to force the point.
In the little shallow areas the fall landscape is scenic as it changes moment to moment. Things float into the frame and things float out. It's beautiful in how it is a moving natural collage.
The leaf litter introduced to the Delaware River from the trees along the banks, and it's tributaries, is a noticeable change from the more plant dominated summer riverbed. The fall foliage adds quite a bit of diverse colors and shapes as it moves along the river bottom.
The leaves collect and decompose as they are buried under the silt and broken down by the water and ice. As they are breaking down the leaf litter is releasing nutrients that is washing downstream and nourishing those areas.
High water in the Spring churns up the riverbed collage - taking things away and adding new things.
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My latest photographic journey has been exploring underwater photography and it has been simply fascinating! I have been casually working on the skills and learning about the available underwater equipment over the last couple years and this has spawned so many new photo adventures. I have become quite passionate about getting out there and seeing what there is to see under the surface.
So far, physically being in the water has pretty much restricted me to the warmer months. In the colder months I've been using my better photographic gear to photograph underwater scenes from the surface. It is an amazing (and very lucky) thing to have such clean water that you can photograph straight through with very little distortion. (I have a link at the bottom of this blog to those images.)
Right now the plan is to develop new skills in 2020 by taking a SCUBA class in the spring and I am REALLY excited about that. It will extend my water time and allow me to go into new and deeper areas.
The main bodies of water that I explore are the Delaware River, the Lackawaxen River, and Ten Mile River. The only real 'deep' one is the Delaware River and I know it has a lot to offer from it's point of origin all the way down to the Delaware Water Gap. Beyond that I'm not real familiar with this river......yet. :)
When you slow down and really look below the surface of these rivers you find all these sweet little scenes with the fish, the plants, and the rays of light on the rocks. It's amazing and it's always changing. The riverbeds are all different, the water levels rise and fall, and things wash into and out of areas.
I started off shooting last year with just my Android phone but I smashed that on some rocks so I graduated to an iPhone 10 with an AxisGO case for this year.
The AxisGO case is a very nice case. It works well and seems well constructed. I upgraded a bit and bought a dome for it but I did find that the dome scratches shockingly easily and one bump on a rock really made a big mark on it. It may be something that can be repaired but I haven't looked into that yet.
I don't know how much more I'll upgrade for phone cameras. If I get the SCUBA class done it may just be easier to buy a dedicated underwater camera so I have a flash, or, go all in and buy the housing for my Canon equipment.
This photo gallery is simply underwater plants in the Upper Delaware River region. In the future, I'll add new blog posts with other underwater themes such as "little fish". I know have tons of those!
For now, just enjoy these aquatic plants and the oxygen they produce, which is surprisingly abundant below the surface. If anyone knows the names of these plants feel free to list them in the comments below.
I have quite a lot of underwater videos as well so don't forget to follow my YouTube page and click the bell to get notifications of the videos as I upload them. I generally post once or twice a week.
I do have a few, more recent, underwater images that are of better quality and size for wall art, coffee cups, stock photography, and other products. These are included in my Fine Art America "Clean Water" collection and part of my Adobe Stock Photography collection.
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Exploring photography has been a life long passion.