For most people when the 5:00pm bell tolls it means the day is over and it's time to stroll on to the local pub for an icy cold one. Sit back, kick up the feet and exhale, forget the stresses of the day and relax.
For the crew of Swamp Monsters...its kind of the same...only instead of cold beer, feet up, and exhales of the ending work day its about mud, waders, claws and the dream of a perfect catch.
Last night Coyote and company were hot on the trail of a rather large folklore legend. The team was invited out to a beautiful little farmstead in the middle of Cardington, OH. It was the kind of place that sends you back in time, allowing if even just for a moment one's mind to forget the bustle of everyday life.
Supposedly a turtle with a carapace (top of the shell) measuring 4 feet in circumference was spotted last year in this swamp. Always worth following a lead like that!
While a monster of such proportions was not captured...the setting was absolutely perfect, and it was no more then 15 minutes into the muck that Coyote was going hands to claws with a 30 lb swamp dragon.
With the sun quickly setting the team filmed some great sequences with an incredibly epic background painted with magnificent clouds.
Throughout the 2 hour search, several turtles were spotted, chased, dove after and missed. Thick plant matter and an endless blanket of duckweed on the surface made capturing beasts of the murky abyss an incredibly difficult challenge.
A turtle of epic proportions was not seen...but the location is absolutely ideal for such a prehistoric beast to slumber. One almost couldn't have imagined the folklore of this magical place to be any more perfect.
The team is now making plans to return to this location for an extended shoot...is there a turtle the size of a coffee table out there? The legend has yet to be disproven, thus the folklore lives on, hidden beneath an eerie layer duckweed. The perfect story book setting for such a "tail" to be written.
Until next time...Stay Muddy My Friends!