Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Watery Wednesday: Muddy Water


Many readers will remember this Watery Wednesday shot from last November. I was in the same area last week after days of rain.
What was once an idyllic setting was turned into a swifly moving current of muddy water. Standing on the bridge crossing the swollen creek below I was astounded at the swiftness of the water below me. This was an old bridge and the only 'side' was a metal guardrail which meant there wasn't any barrier higher than the calf of my leg. Looking through the viewfinder at the swiftly moving water made me just a bit uneasy.
This is looking upstream. It is the same view from a different angle than the small image above. The building in the right hand side of the picture is an old Grange building that has been renovated. It was established in 1873. The Grange is a fraternal organization for American farmers that encourages farm families to band together for their common economic and political good. The organization was founded in 1867 after the Civil War.
Looking Downstream

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36 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Isn't this unusual for this time of year. I might expect something like this in early spring but not in winter. Hmmmm. The weather sure has been peculiar lately!

Rob Ripma said...

Its amazing what a little water can do to completely change the scene. Great comparision shots.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Flowing water, a force of nature not to be reckoned with. I always remember news footage of swollen rivers eating away at the banks and taking houses with them. I could understand why you felt uneasy standing there.

Dianne said...

water is so powerful! we have a little creek near us and it amazes me how violent it can appear after heavy rain or a lot of melting

Raven said...

My, oh my, that water looks a bit testy to me. I'd have been nervous on an old bridge too. Hope it doesn't flood on you. Some of those buildings look pretty close to it's banks. Dramatic photos.

Leedra said...

So we weren't the only ones that got way too much rain. Saw areas flooded that had not before. We actually had schools closed all over East Tennessee, not snow days but rain days. Go figure!

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Guy D said...

Wow those are impressive shots, very intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

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Dr.John said...

That water would make anybody nervous. Great pictures.

Shelly said...

Raging rivers and rushing creeks seem to be the norm all over the country lately, do you think Mother Nature is a little cranky?

judi said...

great shots, I like the muddy waters, so much tension and power there!

Amanda said...

Wow,
looks like it is moving fast, great shots.

Kathy said...

I would have been scared to death to have gotten on the bridge. Thats a lot of water coming down that creek. Grea shots but be careful. =)

JennWasHere said...

Reminds me of the flash flood somewhere here in the Philippines that I heard from the news.

My Watery Wednesday image is posted here. Have a great day.

Mojo said...

I used to have a house with a similar creek running along the back edge of the lot. Normally the banks were just about the level of my head (6') and the water only a few inches to a foot or so deep. But let us get a steady rain for a couple of days and it would fill those 6-foot banks in a hurry. And more than once I saw it flood. It was a good 50 yards from my back door to the edge, but a couple of times I sandbagged the basement ... just to be safe.

People with Cameras said...

Oh my .. that's very scary looking!

Gattina said...

That looks quite terrible ! it became so big !

The Right Blue said...

I certainly can understand why you might have been a bit nervous. That rushing muddy water looks quite threatening.

Bobbie

quilldancer said...

You were probably safer on that old bridge than you would have been along the water soaked river banks. I am glad you stayed high and dry. That water doesn't look very friendly.

me ann my camera said...

Always a frightening spectacle when waters get too high and out of control.

Judy said...

"A little uneasy", you say! I would have sat down to take the pictures, just to be sure I didn't fall. That torrent would not have been a fun place!
You are very brave to take those pictures!

michael bird said...

Brings back memories - we moved from a flood zone almost nine years ago. Every time we got any amount of rain, our Lost River would think about coming out of its banks. Saw plenty of rushing water.

dot said...

Big difference in the water level! We've been having more rain than usual here also.

splummer said...

Hi!
Great Shots! Amazing what some rain will do to a river! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

The Yothers said...

the river reminds me of the Pulangi River in my home town in the Philippines;it looks exactly like this, whole year round. :) very nice shots!

Tess

Mamapippa said...

Water can be dangerous, it is needed for life, but it can take life as well ...

Rose said...

That looks like troubled water!

We have snow! Probably 2-3 inches...the kind that blows around. As I sit here and type I am watching it be blown from roofs in the neighborhood. The wind is definitely picking up...even colder weather is headed out way.

juliana said...

that's some menacing looking water!
som streams can grow just as wild here after a storm or days of rain and we've had a few of those lately...

JewWishes said...

Excellent photos and comparisons.

fishing guy said...

Carletta: The weather is so topsy-turvey that this flow doesn't surprise me. When you get snow then 60F weather you will get big run-offs. Very neat captures of the creek.

Connie said...

It got really high. Nice capture.

MedaM said...

I hope there was no any damage caused by the flood. I too wouldn’t be feeling pleasant looking at that swiftly moving water. I have to say that I really enjoyed listening to the music on your blog.

will yothers said...

Very impressive! You capture the violent energy of the river and, yes, the viewer can understand the nervousness.

Ferreira-Pinto said...

These photos of the same place but from different moments are fantastic, Carletta.
And I would say it's rather amazing the quantity of muddy water there.

simply divina said...

We went to the mountain one weekends and we need to cross the bridge and this reminds of of the water so strong and I'm so scared.. Thanks for sharing them.

Natural Moments said...

The power and force of water flowing is something to behold and respect. There are certainly a lot of fast flowing rivers these winter days in North America.

Aisha said...

Ohh scary water! Reminds me of the flood in my city right now in the Philippines but this is more pleasant to look.