Saturday, October 15th 2011, Firefighter Brandon Alcorn helping participants in the Warrior Dash 2011 to the mud off in Old Monroe, MO.
This past weekend was probably the most full-of-activities week end so far in this semester. One of the activities was participating in Missouri’s warrior dash of 2011. The dash was in a beautiful chilli Saturday morning. After finishing obstacles, especially the mud crawl, participants left the dash area walking on their toes, smacking their lips, and thinking: where are the warm showers? Just like all the others, I participated in the 8:00 a.m. run, and then was washed by the firmen of old monroe. I then had to wait for aout an hour so I can hold the camera steadily, and in a safe, clean manner.
I really wanted to go on the top of the truck, and try to take a bird’s eye (kinda) pictures, but Brandon, the fire fighter wouldn’t let me. “Insurance and safety issues,” he explains. So I kept moving around the washing area trying to get good pictures from here and there. One of the points of view was from the east side of this picture, where I was able to get a little rainbow as the sun (behind me in this picture) hit the water drops. So I kept taking waiting for the perfect composition for few minutes, while having my camera very close to the ground. Got a good one, but still waited for more, and the next thing I know is everybody was furiously screaming at my face STOP, and a woman (a mom, she seemed) grabs my hand and literally moved me away from my stand point. It was a loud environment and everyone was just laughing and yelling, so I didn’t think all that yelling was for me until she did that. But why? It turns out, another fire truck (shown below) was getting ready to replace the one in the picture above. Since I was so close to the ground giving my attention to the composition, the fireman driving did not see me from his truck.
Well, almost .. almost. I really wanted to go back to brandon, and say : “hey, how’s that for safety and insurance issues !?”
Below are the picture I was taking (left), and the wheel that almost took my life (right) !
Too bad the one to the lefts had water drops on the lens UV filter. But it doesn’t matter, I got the rainbow !