Last weekend, I converted "Explorer 1" the PVC burrowcam pole into a prototype streamcam.
It was a rushed transformation, made possible by a new GoPro mount that allowed more pivoting of the camera.
I mounted the camera so that it would look out more or less horizontal to the stream bottom while I manipulated the pole from above.
I could see using it while wading, canoeing, or as in this test, from a bridge.
I cut the 10 foot PVC pole in half and mounted threaded fittings so I could use a short version or a longer version by screwing together the 2 halves.
Plus, halving it made transporting it in my tiny (but MIGHTY) JEEP more user-friendly.
You can see by the shadows that I waited too late in the day for good underwater light conditions.
I credit that timing mistake to 2 Labrador retrievers who are hilarious time suckers.
|Mule Creek is clear and shallow, but not entirely pristine.|
|The culverts beneath US-19 were a bit dark for filming this late in the day.|
|In the current, a gar channeled his inner stick as he waited for smaller fish to drift past in the current.|
|While the focus of my trip was the underwater scenery, the topside view wasn't too shabby.|
The railroad line is inactive, although a fairly new gas pipeline runs beneath it and even under the stream.