One of the decaying boats on the Fleetwood Marshes in Lancashire, decomposing beautifully. I remember this place well. It was so boggy my boots would sink into the sandy mud well past my ankles making walking around heavy going and very tiring. Since going digital two years earlier I'd been buying budget brand Integral 4GB SD cards. They'd never let me down and still haven't. However, I was persuaded not to risk my precious images by using a cheaper, 'inferior' product and the more expensive SanDisk range was recommended to me. I duly bought a what was then a (to me) whopping 32GB fast write card, loaded it into the camera and, on its first outing, trudged somewhat less than tirelessly through the quagmire that is the Fleetwood Marshes, capturing wonderful scenes such as this.
In those days I still treated a digital camera as if it had film in it and so hadn't quite got used to the ritual of chimping after each shot. It took several hundred metres of sinking into the mud and a couple of dozen shots before I realised that not one of my fine images had saved onto my 'superior' brand card. I'd been unlucky enough to have received a card that was not SanDisk quality control's finest moment. They replaced the card, of course, but unfortunately their warranty did not remedy my stiff ankles and sore calf muscles due to retracing my steps and re creating my images. Sometimes we do suffer for our art.