I am dedicating this image to all the people affected by the floods in the North of England and Scotland last month and still continuing. It has been the wettest December (and warmest) since records began and the wettest month in living memory. People have been flooded who have never been flooded before. Known areas for flooding have new flood defences, but they weren’t good enough as the water poured over the top of the barriers like weirs. The army has been called in to help the emergency services who are all doing a stirling job of keeping people safe, but they cannot keep their homes and businesses safe. Because the drains can’t cope, sewage is mixed in with the flood water and it invades peoples’ homes. Many will be homeless for a year until their houses are fit to live in again. Thousands of people are affected; cars float down the roads which are only passable by boat; bridges are falling down cutting towns and villages in two with many miles detour to travel a few metres. Once the waters recede, ruined possessions are lining the streets; All this over Christmas and New Year; a time of celebration and peace. One village in Cumbria, Glenridding, was flooded three times in the month.
I called the image “A Wet Weekend” because it was just that when I took it. We had a weekend away in the Lake District and it rained constantly. Regardless we donned our waterproof gear and set off to walk round Buttermere, the lake you see here. The path was flooded in some places and the water went down the top of my boots, but strangely we enjoyed the walk (about 5 miles). Don’t be fooled by the patch of blue in the sky; it didn’t last. (The ISO tells the tale)
I want to make the point about the water you can see running down the fells. This is what makes the floods worse. Imagine you’ve had the flood alert and you anxiously watch the river near your home, already swollen and getting higher and higher, knowing full well that the water coming off the fells has still to reach the river. You do what you can to move anything precious upstairs, you do what you can with sandbags to hold back the water, you are told to evacuate and you wait. Once the river banks have burst it might only be minutes before your home is ruined. You watch and are powerless to stop it. The sandbags didn’t help.
So you braved the rain and got out an made images. I think it was well worth effort even if you wanted to stay warm and dry in the motorhome. I like the moody nature of the scene, the lingering autumn color, and that hint of blue peeking out behind the hills.
Sometimes it is hard not to feel sorry for people who were washed out even though there were safety measures in place that have failed. The middle Mississippi River valley and the lower Ohio are in the same situation as we had a massive storm come out of California and slowly make its way east and then make a hard left turn and head north right up the Mississippi. An odd storm system that when it hit New England it drop the first snows and in some places up 18024 inches. Weird weather to say the least.
The image is beautiful! Although, it does not necessarily show the tragedy being described in your note as I do not know how this place would look like in normal circumstances. If these are the effects of the global warming we are in a bad situation as this is only the beginning.
While these people are drowning, people in the Southwest are enduring now for 5 years one of the worst droughts ever. We started in New Mexico with a record drought. There was not a simple county in the entire state that was not affected. All of them had a drought alert. Luckily things turned around during the year as there was more rain and now more snow to lift the whole state out of the drought.
Dramatic entry and unfortunately perfect timing to enter the ToM.
Your image looks quite wet to me, the tree on the right looks like it is well into the water , the clouds clearly are ready to add to the deluge and the water on the fells looks like it is adding new paths to its passage.
This really is a lovely image. The autumn colors add warmth and excellent; especially the dark cloud. It seems strange to me that many folks seemed to have substituted the like button for a favorite button.
It must be really difficult to watch helplessly while your home floods.....it made me think of fire season out here but typically most homes are saved from the fire and that doesn't seem to be the case with floods. I guess every place has its drawbacks but home is supposed to be a place of sanctuary. When everyone's sanctuary has become uninhabitable, there really isn't any back-up left. I'm pretty sure that most people don't have the luxury of a caravan. Even if it's not home, it is a place of your own to stay.
I hope you had a nice holiday and I hope for your that health issues remain corrected. It seems to me that you're doing quite well with love and joy. I really liked Franks wish for us to find something to smile about every day. It is so much more realistic than my global health, love and joy. Pat
First and foremost, best wishes for the New Year to you and Rob and hoping that 2016 is a healthier year for the Featherstone family.
Secondly how nice to see a post from you. You have been missed here.
And now on to the photo. I immediately thought of Turner, the autumn colours and dramatic sky.
A fitting tribute to the people suffering from the floods. We follow the BBC news, and as you say it is just so sad for people to watch and wait for their homes to be ruined knowing there is not that much to do to help. Living below the water line here in the Netherlands we all know how dramatic it would be should our flood defenses fail, but we don't have hills and mountains for the rain to run off of, it really is rising water that it our problem and thankfully the Dutch are masters in keeping this at bay. (So far)
You show us a beautiful, original and obviously unspoilt mountain landscape and all here really looks wet or at least moist. The subdued autumnal colours emphasize this impression. I like your attitude ...there's no bad weather - just the wrong clothes. "Nice weather people" never will take photos like this. Its composition really gives the impression of standing there with you - with rubber boots ;-)
The flood desaster in the north of your country was shown here each day in television. One can fight against fire but against these floods people are helpless and have to bear them and - even worse - their subsequent consequences. They didn't have a merry Christmas and no happy new year at all. Let's hope that they are supported in a new beginning. What a turn of the year ...
Greetings from grey, wet and cool western Germany (+1°C). In Berlin it's -10°C at the time.
A beautiful view and a very interesting note too. We have seen all the pictures of flooded villages on TV, Even if the rain stopped when you took this picture, this is a good contribution to the theme. I saw Buttermere once in 1958, on another rainy day...
in fact we are facing one of the more humid summers in the last decades, we have a rain everyday and the sky is ever grey, anyway it is ever hot.
nice this image showing the view of landscape, so beautiful,and the humidity around.
hard to believe that behind this beautiful scenery can a huge tragedy be hidden, the scene seems so serene and peacefull that it makes hard to believe that down there someone is suffering from the waters that come down the hills flooding everything in the way.
This reminds me of the Madeira Island floods some years ago, when a huge storm poured down over the island and there was a catastrophical rain for hours which flooded completely Funchal's downtown, and worse the water rushing down the mountains brought with it all kinds of rocks, cars, houses, dirt.... The day after it looked like some Armageddon movie scene...
I love the soft natural tones against the dark tones of the sky.
feather (2016/01/04 14:05:35): Thanks for the favourite Paulo. Pleased you like it!
Bonne intention de ta part de dédier cette photo à ceux qui sont victimes d'inondations. Un beau tableau avec de superbe éléments accompagné d'une intéressante note. Le ciel est orageux, la pluie ne devait surement pas être loin. Excellente présentation.
It must be hard and dreadful to watch one's home to get flooded and not being able to do anything. What a sad Christmas time for those many people who suffered from the floods.
Your photo is most beautiful with the already muted autumn colours, a strong sense of bad weather and wetness. I like its mood. You demonstrate well that every weather is a photographing weather. I should remember that myself.
Together with the note and excellent contribution to the theme.
feather (2016/01/04 14:04:57): Thanks for the favourite Lasse, glad you like it.
Just a quick hi from my office desk :-) Yes this is tragic, losing a home with all the memories that are conntected with where we live, this is a horrible thought. Our cottage is in a place called "Unterwasser" meaning something like "under water" meaning that the river that runs through the village has many times come over the river bed and has flooded homes. So I guess this is how the name of this village came together, it must have a meaning. A neighbor had a land slide with his cottage one year that went through some of their land. Pretty scary. We heard about the bad weather in your part of the world. At one point B. looked at the weather chart saying something like "buhhh, Kath must have bad weather". This is such a beautiful image, Kath, the fall colors are awesome, the cloudy skies add the necessary atmosphere, this is very moody. A very happy new year to you both.
Mother nature is a powerful force to be reckon with, my heart goes out to the victims of the flood. I have not been through one myself, but can only imagine the devastation.
I have walked in the rain in Alaska, I didn't enjoy it, it was sticky, cold, wet and uncomfortable in the boots, sweat and rain mixed, can't see much, when we stop to rest, it just get cold. This is a beautiful shot despite the rain, The clouds adds to the drama that unfolded. The landscape has a fall like quality with the golden and orange tone on the mountain and trees, yes, beautiful and yet dreadful with the flood.