This photo was right before I fell in waist deep. I went to sit down and lost my balance. The water was so gross! I'm talking two feet of mud, dead leaves, bugs and debris. Not to mention it was freezing. Thank goodness we were headed on a weekend trip, so I happened to have a change of clothes in the car.
My photographer friend totally used me falling in as an excuse for me to get in the water for some photos. It took a great deal of convincing because I was afraid of bugs or frogs or snakes, but finally I obliged.
I went to put my hand on this tree and right as I did a huge spider climbed up. Literally still gives me chills thinking about it.
This photo is my favorite and made the whole ordeal worth it.