Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Sepia Colored Water

(I think all pics will enlarge for a better view.)
Some of you will remember this image of abandoned locks on a nearby river. Hubs and I visit it frequently when we're out on a leisurely drive. I took the above photo in October.
Notice the old concrete wall of the original locks. Sometimes the river is low enough that there are no falls and fisherman fish from the top on the concrete shaped disks you see under the water.
In this photo you see the part of the locks where the boats would have gone through to get down river. I stood at the corner of this walkway to take the above photo.
This was the scene that greeted us yesterday. Yes, very high flood waters. The water in the foreground is usually where we park. The steps up to the walkway are covered.
I stood at the top of a small hill to take this overview of the scene. I could have gotten closer but I didn't want to get too close to this raging river. The end of the walkway that you see is where I usually stand to look across the river and take my photos. This is the highest I've seen this river in the last three years.
Lots of flowing muddy water. I wanted to try a slower aperature speed to capture the flow of water and this was my first attempt. I think I like it but want to try some more attempts when I can get closer in a somewhat safer water environment.
This is one more slowed down. Not as crisp but the high midday sun wasn't helping my efforts and I really was too far away. I do like the abstract look of this one and that almost blue strip of water in the foreground.
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Hoping Mary won't object to my using the natural sepia tones of the last two shots I'm joining Sepia Scenes here.

22 comments:

chubskulit said...

These are beautiful shots Carleta, this river reminds of the time we visited my husband's relative down hoopie.

George said...

The river is really high. I like your pictures. Your sixth picture is beautiful. You did a great job slowing down the flow, and the color of the water looks like chocolate.

Naturegirl said...

Those images of raging flood water is quite scary..how powerful is the hand of nature!Great images!

msdewberry said...

All are beautiful! I especially love the silky smooth water shots where you slowed your shutter speed. I like playing with shutter speed and water shots. Its like art in its own form. Great photos!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Amazing how high that river is now.... You all have had alot of rain (and snow), haven't you???? This would be a good time to visit lots of waterfalls up there!!!!!

Great pictures, Carletta... Love the ones where you slowed the shutter speed down.
Hugs,
Betsy

Scrappy Grams said...

I have a digital camera and I'm impressed by what I can photograph with it. But your shots are breathtaking. I don't want to get too close to the water.
May I ask what kind of camera you use? I hope the river doesn't rise much more.

SquirrelQueen said...

Gorgeous photos Carletta, I really like the next to last one where you slowed the sperature. I don't think I would have gotten any closer either.

Mar said...

Loved your shots!! Those muddy waters look like chocolate to me...!!

Watery Wednesday

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Fabulous photo share...I love the chocolatey, silky look of the water flowing over the dam.

My watery link: LAKESIDE FOG

Regina said...

Beautiful scenes and captures Carletta.

Have a great day.
Regina

kaye said...

very pretty Carletta

quilly said...

Wow! The water is high. I am glad you respected it and stayed well back. You still managed some pretty spectacular shots.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Amazing shots. The flow of water is such as awesome, amazing thing. Love the next to last shot. I should try that.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

OH please don't stand too close -- I got dizzy just thinking about that.

Very interesting photo essay -- I always like comparisons of the same place at different times.

And those last two photos are like paintings.

I hope the flooding doesn't cause any terrible damage.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, Carletta! The muddy flooding waters look scary.

Rita said...

Wonderful collection of photos. The last two make me think of a bowl of chocolate being whipped.

Thanks for the visit to my entry. I appreciate your comment so much.

eden said...

Beautiful photos. Love the place too.

Rose said...

What a difference a few months can make! Our river is flooded here too, but it can spread out more and doesn't look like it flows as rapid as yours here. But either are kind of frightening to me...that would be an awful way to die if one slipped and fell in.

diane b said...

I'm glad that you didn't get too close to the flooded river. Water has an almighty power. We have seen a lot of evidence of that here in the past month. Love your slow speed wide aperture shots. It is hard to keep the camera still.

Neal said...

Very nice Carletta. How would you like to go down that in a canoe? :)

Robin said...

Such a dichotomy in the power of water - it can power a city, but also destroy it, transport people, or topple them. Beautiful and terrible all at the same time.

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TheOriginalMel said...

Who would have ever thought flowing muddy water could be so beautiful?! Very nice capture!