i read thru your entire story ..
you could be a story teller as your second job ..
or a novelist .. or something along those lines .
you kept me enthralled, interested, laughing and looking forward to the next paragraph ..
what amazing lengths you went to ... i should take a page out of your book .. the one you are surely going to write .. the one that tells ppl that its definitely in their best interests to go to extreme lengths to get a photograph .. thats if its required .. on the other hand .. a photo captured on the go without any preparation can be awesome too ..
talking about awesome . THIS IS IT ..
many congrats on your blue ...
if there was a better than blue ribbon it would be yours .. the ribbon ppl get when they not only have a wonderful photograph, but that they went to extraordinary lengths to get it ..
the bit in your story about the frog .. so funny .. and then .. hope you are ok ..
a great yarn ..