Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

Here is the St. Louis area we have been thinking a lot about water, flood water.  I am grateful that we have not had much in the way of damage or inconvenience in our house, but there has been a lot of damage in the surrounding area.  Earlier this week, I was driving in an area that had just been reopened to traffic and took this shot:

ISO 250 50mm 0ev f/5 1/125

ISO 250 50mm 0ev f/5 1/125

Usually, being in the water makes me feel weightless.  But standing on the side of the road the other day, I was thinking about the power of water to displace people and things.  This photo is just a small view of the amazing amount of debris I drove past.  Most striking were all the plastic bags waving in the trees and the brush.  So much for feeling weightless, more like being weighed down by all the trash.

For this photo, I pulled over to the side of the road, just before a posted road closure sign.  I would say when I am taking photos, I tend to err on the side of caution, try to pay attention to my surroundings and not get into trouble.  What kind of photographer are you, would you have driven past the posted sign in hopes of getting a different or better picture? Have you witnessed the aftermath of a flood? I find it to be incredibly humbling, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Cheers!

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28 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

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  3. The world’s gone mad, Amy. Floods just 100 miles north of Sydney this week, while hundreds of homes have been destroyed by fires in three states. It is turning into quite a summer down under !!

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  4. In 2013 Calgary, and much of southern Alberta, had a devastating flood. We live by the river but our home was untouches. We were os grateful. We spent a couple of weeks helping people who were not so fortuante. The devastation of basements filled with mud and water, the debris, seeing the height to which the water had risen, just stunning. Visions that will stay with me forever.

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  5. Hope no one got hurt in those waters. Mother Nature is much stronger than we think. It depends on how I’m feeling. If I wasn’t in a rush, I’d probably stop and see if I could get photos. But in general I not very careful when it comes to taking photos. I’ve almost tripped jogging to get shots, especially when chasing sunsets 😊

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  7. I haven’t witnessed the aftermath of a serious flood, but the forces of nature can really make us feel small and vulnerable (which we are).
    On a side note I can mention that I once witnessed the aftermath of a terror bombing: wounded people and dead bodies being transported on vegetable carts, people in shock etc.

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  8. As a former reporter, I often went in areas where I wasn’t supposed to tread. Now, though, when taking photographs, I think I’d be more cautious.

    Years ago, heavy snowfall took its toll on one of my favorite parks in Liverpool, N.Y. Or, at least, that’s what I think was responsible for the flooding. The watermark on the trees was very high. Certain portions were closed off to traffic. I’m just glad that there was no human displaced because of the flooding.

    I have witnessed damage done by hurricanes in Florida, and by an EF5 tornado in Oklahoma in 1999. That was devastating. In Moore, Oklahoma, buildings were ripped open by the storm, people died and lost their homes. Mother Nature can be very violent.

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  9. I have never witnessed a flood or the aftermath in person. I dread it but I can see that exposing myself to he circumstances in order to record them could be necessary in order to motivate others to help the victims. I’m still impacted by the images from Indonesian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Japanese tsunami.

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