No, didn´t wear goggles here. But was very careful while taking these pictures.
For the camera, I got it from a friend. Don´t know IIRC it was a Sony Cybershot, he paid $230 for it a few years ago. Most of my newer pics >second half 2012 were made with a Canon EOS 20D - got it used, they go for ~$300 on Amazon with the 18-55mm. The you can upgrade with some of the stuff I listed here.
Had a Canon Powershot SX50 HS for a few months, wasn´t happy with it, sold it and went back to the EOS 20D.