How Cold is Your Water? Kudos to the Ice Swimmers « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

How Cold is Your Water? Kudos to the Ice Swimmers


Dr. Cliff Oliver’s Mom as a young woman.


Am sending love, strength, and energy to my bud, Dr. Cliff Oliver of The Center for Balance in San Diego, CA. Cliff’s mom, Edie Oliver (she hated Edith), died recently at age 92. Nearly two decades ago Cliff inspired me to quit trying to kill myself with food. We talk most every week.

Four years ago Cliff stood by his Mom’s bedside. The doctors took him into the X-ray room at the side of the ICU and showed him why she would only live another two weeks at the most. “The oxygen that had been incorrectly administered during surgery has destroyed her lungs.” Edie Oliver lived to enjoy four pretty darned good years until her death last Wednesday. The kidney failure that eventually killed her was caused by short term over-medication….

My Mom is 92.

What’s Up?

I felt good enough yesterday afternoon to take my first swim in two months. I did about a half mile in my 74 degree pool. And I took my first ice bath as well. The tub was 59 F when I got in to do my 44 minutes of relaxation and healing. My efforts paled in comparison to those of the ice swimmers below.

Today’s blog post took about 1 1/4 hours to create. It was published at 5:25am from my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL. Today, I will continue to work on the upcoming 7D Mark II User’s Guide, on Used Photography Gear e-mails, and on the next BAA Bulletin.

If you are one of the few who missed the Canon Digital Learning Center “Bird Photography with Arthur Morris” seven video series, be sure to click here for a link and the complete details. I still have many exciting new images, tales, and lessons from my recently-concluded trip to share with you here over the course of the next few weeks and am looking forward to doing just that.

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This image was created on the cloudy afternoon of January 5, 2015 at Neko Harbor, Antarctica with the hand held Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III (at 192mm), and the amazing Canon EOS 7D Mark II. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2 stops off the light gray sky: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround Rear Focus AF on the swimmer standing on the small iceberg and re-compose left Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Trip participant Cameron Sinden of Australia dives from a small iceberg into the -2 degree centigrade (28.4 F) water.

The South Georgia Heritage Trust Rat Eradication Project

Kudos to Cheesemans’ for conducting their annual fund raiser to support the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) Rat Eradication Project (REP) on the recent Southern Ocean expedition. Expedition leader Hugh Rose informed me yesterday via e-mail that folks pledged roughly $1600 for the SGHT REP to sponsor the 20 brave ice swimmers…. The entire SGHT Rat Eradication Project fund raiser auction raised more than $20,000. Four 16X20 inch prints donated by BIRDS AS ART raised about $1500. The auction, always a raucous affair, was once again conducted by CES Expedition Staff member Joe Kaplan who as always had folks rolling on the floor while emptying their wallets.

From the SGHT website:

Team Rat completed their 2013 baiting target

Team Rat has now reached its 2013 target, baiting a further 580 square kilometres of South Georgia, despite operating in some of the worst weather in a decade. This year’s work means that the team has baited 70% of the infested area of the island. You can support Team Rat’s work by sponsoring a hectare of the island to be cleared of rodents by clicking You can make a donation here. And you can even do it by Paypal.

Used 13″ Macbook Pro for sale

Steve Ellis is offering a used 13″ Macbook Pro in very good condition for $799. (The laptop was purchased new for $1650 on 2/13/12.)

PROCESSOR: 2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7. MEMORY: 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x4GB. HARD DRIVE: 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400. OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x Double-Layer SuperDrive. The sale includes insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. Personal checks only; the laptop will be shipped only after your check clears.

Contact Steve via e-mail or call him at 203-292-3101 (weekdays/eastern time zone).


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