I know this is a silly title but I will explain! This is not a lake but a just a small part of a huge expanse of flooded farmland. The area that you are looking at was, in parts, awash wish floating turnips, particularly by the roadside. The view is from a bridge in the town looking across to the South Downs which are chalk hills that line much of the coast in the area.
Pulborough in West Sussex is liable to flooding but this is apparently the worst in living memory according to a lady who lives there. It flooded several houses and closed the main A29 road which goes south to the seaside resort of Littlehampton. Although the waters had gone down enough for the road to be reopened when we visited yesterday, water was bubbling up through the drain in the street. We have not had much rain in the last few days but the water table is laden with water.
I was inspired to visit the area having seen Brian's (Timecapturer) recent pictures of the floods at the close-by village of Stopham which has an ancient bridge next to a lovely old pub (damaged by the flood). The WS shows a picture of the bridge with the very high water level. Please see Brian's images as they are much better than mine!
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mrichat (1609) 2014-01-20 9:34
wow!! what a pleasant moment you captured!!. superb colors and reflection.nice details.fantastic photo.thanks for sharing.
claudeD (28842) 2014-01-20 10:26
very fine sunset shot from the UK showing amazing golden colors. Excellent composition and fine light managment. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
rbassin (15044) 2014-01-20 11:06
C'est une très belle photo,avec des dégradés de teintes jaune-rouge.
Une image bien composée avec les plantes aquatiques en premier plan.
willperrett (5132) 2014-01-20 11:47
I'm glad of your note: without it I'd have imagined we were being shown somewhere exotic! Great title, and you've managed to salvage beauty from destruction, not to mention a touch of humour.
Silvio1953 (111016) 2014-01-20 12:30
Ciao Ann, fascinating suset,superb sky, fantastic light and wonderful Golden colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
siudzi (29617) 2014-01-20 12:49
Thanks for your informative note I understand what is the subject here. I was pretty sure that this must be a lake... The golden tones of the lights made the scene truly spectacular and eye catching. Perfectly done with great sense of timing. TFS!
PaulVDV (19395) 2014-01-20 13:58
A wonderful picture with this landscape bathing in a strong orange light.
I wish this were a lake that you captured because the story of this image is sad, especially for the people who have farmland there and even more for those whose houses have been flooded.
The picture itself is really good. Apart of the wonderful colours, it has a very attractive composition.
The line of plants in the water creates an interesting foreground and adds much depth to the image.
Best regards, Paul
Periko (1885) 2014-01-20 15:07
You have managed to capture the beautiful golden shades in the water and in the sky. Well done.
npecanhuk (59006) 2014-01-20 15:56
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontla format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent! I love the details on the water suface! I really enjoy that sky too!
TFS - congrats,
carlo62 (23658) 2014-01-20 15:57
anche in Inghilterra si possono vedere dei fantastici paesaggi infuocati in gennaio.
Bellissimo cielo e bellissimo riflesso, ben fotografato e ben presentato.
RhodieIke (11017) 2014-01-20 21:22
Very interesting photo and note of this flooded scene(the poor farmer).
The low setting sun has added a super light and atmosphere. When is all this rain going to stop hey, fed up with it much prefer the snow.
Well managed, presented and thought out.
SnapRJW (26978) 2014-01-20 23:08
Hello Ann - Beautiful golden light reflecting off the flooded fields belies the destruction caused by the weather but one can only marvel at the loveliness of the watery landscape. Your note adds the context here for without it one would think that the scene was taken lakeside. Floating turnips indeed? Did you collect a few as they floated by? On a small technical aside, there seems to be a little colour fringing or sharpening halo between the LHS hills and sky, I know it's tricky to handle them in areas of high contrast but it would be worth having a look to see if you can control it. BTW, it doesn't spoil my enjoyment of looking at the shot. Hope all goes well with new baby. Rosemary
dkmurphys (44589) 2014-01-21 0:19
Superb moment of great golden color! I love it, well taken.
timecapturer (41754) 2014-01-21 1:57
firstly can I say thank-you for your kind comments on my shots of this amazing place. At least when you visited you had full sun, and this place takes on a different atmosphere in the golden glow of a sunset. It is quite spellbinding standing at the edge of this new lake, especially when you know you have walked in areas that are now submerged. Did not see any turnips though when I was there. Fascinating and eye-catching imagery!
tyro (17246) 2014-01-21 2:03
Ah, ha, turnips, or "neeps" as we call them in Scotland, the crop no doubt severely damaged by these awful floods. But, despite your title, I fail actually to see any floating tumshies (another Scots word for them) here.
But what I do see is fabulous late afternoon winter light and even more impressive and striking warm colours and the last of the setting sun's rim just about to dip beneath the distant hills.
A lovely composition with amazing light and colours. I congratulate you on being able to take such a picture with not a vestige of evidence of any lens flare - I always seem to be plagued with that any time I try to take a picture directly into the sun. What's your secret other than keeping lens and filters very clean? Or do you remove any filters? - I know that some people do.
Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
And, of course, this really has to be viewed at its larger size of 1300 pixels wide where we can see all the details of the distant trees: unfortunately, on the smaller version here, those details are lost against the hills behind them.
P.S. Sorry, but I forgot to mention your workshop picture which, actually, I think I prefer to your main one. The light on the face of the bridge is simply stunning and the reflections on the swollen but smooth water are delightful. I think you could well have posted that picture as an separate upload in its own right. Splendid!
lousat (68517) 2014-01-21 5:29
Hi Ann,it happen's the same in my country after a lot of rainy days on my Ticino river,a great capture of this flood with the best choice of moment and the best exposure to take the best bright colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
saxo042 (35788) 2014-01-21 7:26
A very beautiful sunset picture with marvellous colours. I notice that you took this photo at 16:23 on January 19. At that time it is already quite dark here in Sweden... But I must confess that I like the WS picture even more. The two eyes peeking out above the water surface are very good!
rychem (16404) 2014-01-21 8:56
Beautiful and romantic shot, although the flooding is not romantic, beautiful colors of setting sun, intriguing title
chrislo (3729) 2014-01-21 9:18
A lovely sunset shot with beautiful warm colours. The orange sun sinking over the hill is superbly captured, and so are the varying tones of gold mirrored in the riffling surface of the lake. The stillness of the water, along with the sunset conveys so much serenity. A very beautiful scene.
Kamilutka (6621) 2014-01-21 10:41
one of my friends said once that to sea one sunset is to see them all. But I have to disagree very strongly especially when I see photo like that. The colors and light are the biggest strength of it, but the final result also benefits form simple and elegant composition. I also enjoy your note.
Thanks for sharing
Royaldevon (24278) 2014-01-21 14:53
It's ironic how such devastation can appear so very beautiful! The water looks like some natural lake reflecting the evening sunlight over its shimmering ripples.
The shot is very well composed, the sun strongly positioned with a fan of beams overlaying the silhouetted hillside.
I actually like the w/s, too. I find the colours subtle and the composition spot-on.
My warm regards,
adidas5nb (4003) 2014-01-22 0:16
what amazing color this pic has.love the stunning light and great timing.really like the frame division.
emka (68536) 2014-01-22 12:14
Hi Ann, How attractive to photographer a flood can be. Stunning beautiful colours - it is a lake of liquid gold. fascinating view in sunset time.
WArm regrads Malgo
boa (5430) 2014-01-22 12:52
most people probably like sunsets due the beautiful colors and I agree, it is very often a pleasant moment for eyes and mind! Amazing colors in this scene but also a nice composition with a good depth. I like this a lot, tfs!
Have a nice evening/
Romano46 (15554) 2014-01-23 8:59
in questa tua foto molto recente sembra di vedere i colori delle brevi giornate scandinave oltre il circolo polare artico.
Cambia solo il paesaggio, qui lacustre anzichè marino.
Sei stata molto brava nel fermare un attimo di luce particolarmente bello e lo hai fatto in modo perfetto senza trascurate nessun dettaglio dell'acqua e dei suoi riflessi e nel contempo quelli delle nuvole.
Ciao e buona serata
macjake (49274) 2014-01-23 17:49
this is one of those really good 'reportage' type of photos, like you're working for a news team or something :)
its disheartening to see the high water levels, but then again its a lovely scene when the golden colors are introduced into it. sort of a catch 22 situation.
nice shot though
patpatch (1089) 2014-01-24 4:45
What a beautiful image!It is difficult to imagine the dramatic circonstance of your capture when we are looking at the splendid colours with a large palette of golden tones we can see here.
I like the intense light of the sun and its reflexion in the water.The lumonosity is very attractive.
We had a lot of rain in France too ,and also very much damage.
photoray (8410) 2014-01-24 16:35
Fine sunset view over flooded farmland, the water glowing in golden tones and plant life emerging.
We are having just the opposite weather in California; setting records for drought with no rain nor snow.
Thanks for sharing,
abmdsudi (36288) 2014-01-24 23:01
A really good documentary picture of life there, envy your trip very much and full of information of a real situation as displayed by this flooded farmland - its' just full of feeling and the sad circumstances encountered by the folks! and tx to the extra picture. Photo wise, this is an excellent sunset shot in vibrant colours and great detail, so breathtakingly beautiful how the late afternoon light creates such subtle colors that gets mirrored on the flooded field with lovely shadows. The survived turnips on fg do give a nice angular lead in to the scene to make a good compositionally balanced picture. The golden sheen is gorgeous and stunningly creates such a striking contrast overall. Definitely worth wetting your feet Ann, a beautifully thoughtful and taken, this is also great photojournalism, not just fine photography but a glimpse into another world that we take so much for granted in comfortable life. Tks for sharing this remarkable, dramatic and humanity subject ....
Have a great wkend
delpeoples (50641) 2014-01-26 5:14
I love your title and this was the reason why I was initially drawn to it. Then the magnificent colours and silhouettes took over. Wow look at that light. Amazing that something so beautiful can come from when is such a tragic occurrence, the flood. Thanks for sharing, I love the simplicity and the tranquillity that this scene evokes.
Waylim (24482) 2014-01-27 18:37
Beautiful image, love the golden sunset tone. Love the grimmering light reflected on the water surface. Flood is serious trouble, but make lovely photos sometimes.
Excellent quality shot and beautiful composition.
Gigidusud (12193) 2014-01-28 4:43
Fantastic sunset with nice golden tones and splendid reflections on the water. I like the WS too.
mkamionka (28420) 2014-02-06 12:43
beautiful sunset composition. You had a lovely sky with a nice cloud hanging above the sun. The grass standing out of the water makes a nice foreground. Colors are fantastic and you have also chosen the best moment to capture the sun which is still there but small enough not to burn out. I am still impressed by the exposition, I usually get some ring artifacts around the sun.
williamcoombs1 (329) 2014-02-11 6:55
What an arresting photo!
I too have found it odd this winter in trying to take photos of subjects that are the results of climate upheaval: ice storms and too-frequent blizzards. Nonetheless, this is beautiful, and your note describes the full significance so well.
I really appreciate the composition in so many of your photos - masterful!