Thanks for the reply.
I saw Richman's article when it first came out. Our technical approaches are very similar I use a 70-300 mm zoom and extension tubes to get optically close.
Here is my "ode rig" (although I don't use the cable release much any more):
I mount the whole thing on a monopod and go find a nice body of water to wade in. A perfect way to while away the hours!
--- Frank (www.gorga.org/blog