Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Flooded


Impressionist liquid
London, ON, March 2008


In between shuttling little people from place to place last Sunday, I found myself with a little extra time on my hands. Before I left the house, my wife told me to take my camera, to take pictures, to take some time. She's cool that way. And not wanting to disappoint her, I popped the camera bag over my shoulder and headed out.

I ended up stopping by a bend in the river that winds it way through much of our burg. I didn't really have any predisposed ideas about what I wanted to capture. It was a gray day, with a cold sun burning through the clouds every once in a while. My fingers ached from the cold as I wrapped them tightly around the camera's grip and walked among the seagulls, ducks and geese flocking around the empty dock.

I chose this picture as the first to share from the series because we woke up today to some of the highest water levels in a generation. A snowy winter and a very rapid meltoff resulted in flooding that forced police to close roads and reroute traffic for much of the day. As I cycled by the corner where I took this shot just three days ago, my jaw dropped: the dock was completely underwater, and the water's edge, usually well away from the road, almost licked the sidewalk in places. Scary stuff, and yet another reminder that nature really does follow its own path, and we'd be wise to respect it.

Your turn: The first three words that come to mind as you look at this picture are...?

15 comments:

Michael Althouse said...

Black and White

I really need to get to the darkroom... I have several rolls of black and white shot and I don't even remember what is on them.

BTW: check out my last post...

Anna said...

I. AM. THIRSTY.

;)

daisy said...

I love this photo. It would look great framed.

Bubblehead said...

Fishing With Dad

It reminds me of the lake water early in the morning when we would slip the boat in to the lake for a little father-son time. Looking back now I dont know if there was a happier time in my childhood. Thanks for helping me remember it even more.

Alix said...

Loch Ness Monster.

I love this photo it's very magical. I can just imagine a mythical creature bursting out.

Sonia said...

Beautiful, amazing shapes...

Just dropping by to say Hello!

Michael Manning said...

My brother's basement.

Glad you were okay, Carmi!

Thumper said...

Let's go swimming!

If only the water was warm enough...

Dana said...

awesome pic!! love it!

Omykiss said...

cold .. very cold

mrsmogul said...

pee pee, wet and grape juice - SORRY but those are the first things that came to mind!!

Heidi said...

Ripply...

Shimmery...

Sparkly...

(Are they all actual words?)

tommie said...

flooding last spring

Last spring, it rained for almost 8 weeks straight. All the lakes were closed until this year! It is just now getting back to normal!

smilnsigh said...

Simply beautiful.

Sorry, that's only 2. But that's it. You are an amazing photographer.

Mari-Nanci

Chris said...

Hi Carmi, here from Michele's as well as to say thank you for your wonderful words in your comments. You really moved me and made me all giggly with glee at your kinds words about my photography. I'm kinda' floating around right now...lol. Now, for this post of yours, the words that come to mind are: wet, cold, unsettled. How funny everyone sees things so differently.