Taken this afternoon and a very topical post for those living in the south or west of the UK. The floods are back with some parts experiencing very serious problems today. The river levels are rising and coastal areas expect a tidal surge tonight. The top reaches of the River Arun passes at the bottom of our village so we took a short 10 minute walk from our house to see how the river was coping. This picture is not of the river but of a field! The river has completely burst its banks and flooded all the farmers fields. The flooding stretches for miles. The water levels further downstream in Pulborough are rising rapidly and expected to cause serious flooding once again (please see my recent post of the sunset over the flood plain). It has now been reported that it has been the wettest January ever recorded - I really hope it stops soon especially so that the families so badly affected can get back to a normal life. The worst effected area seems to be the Somerset Levels in England's West country where houses and farms are completely cut off by large expanses of water.
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nagual2 (1452) 2014-02-01 10:10
Nice picture Ann.,good timing and POV.TFS
PaulVDV (23021) 2014-02-01 10:15
The picture is very beautiful with the light creating warm tones on the trees and making them stand out better against the sky.
The rainbow of course is a brilliant extra bonus.
Too bad that the floods are back.
Best regards, Paul
tyro (20778) 2014-02-01 10:46
As always, you have given us an interesting and informative note but also a photograph whose beauty belies the dreadful destruction, loss and suffering which these awful floods have inflicted upon southern England.
For this picture is indeed beautiful, largely on account of the glorious warm light of a winter afternoon, but also on account of a very fine and pleasing composition. Those huge bare trees stand out beautifully against an interesting sky and the double rainbow is an added bonus - though also indicative of yet more rain very nearby.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
dta (68096) 2014-02-01 11:13
Hello Ann ,
We have such floods in Brittany , too . It is sad for the people and the houses that are affected but ... what can we do against all these rains ?
This capture of the double rainbow is excellent , with a very good composition . I like especially the contrast between the golden bare trees with the grey sky .
COSTANTINO (56799) 2014-02-01 11:18
thanks for sharing with us your thoughts
and notes about the problems of the rain
I am suprised that this picture is not
of the river but of a field
lets hope that the weather will bebest
beautiful colors very well composed
lovely light and colors
have a nice Sunday
cornejo (32746) 2014-02-01 11:57
Hi Ann, interesting view of these flooded by heavy rains and overflow of the river, beautifully captured in this great photo with the romantic touch of the rainbow fields. A good picture of the consequences of heavy rains and insistent, very good sharpness, depth and quality. A good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Pd, my solidarity with those affected and my desire to run out soon these damaging rains.
Silvio1953 (124653) 2014-02-01 12:42
Ciao Ann, fascinating shoot with fantastic rainbow, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
emka (80912) 2014-02-01 14:55
Hi Ann, it looks really dangerous. And when you write about how you checked the water level, it reminded me the situation in Warsaw some years ago, when I also went in the night to see if my house will be under water or not. Some neighbours took the things from the ground floor up. I was too lazy so I took only documents and computer. So I understand well how it is (I was then lucky). On the other hand, the photo is beautiful and unique. Let's see this double rainbow as hope for better time.
WArm regrads MAlgo
batalay (35791) 2014-02-01 21:22
In far of South Pacific during January we heard of the deluge conditions in the south and west of the UK. It's a scary view, but a very good photo with the gorgeous rainbow.
delpeoples (53417) 2014-02-01 21:55
This is a stunning photo and one where the colours, composition and light management make it slightly Tyro-esque. And I mean that as a huge compliment. Superb vertical frame, excellent sense of movement in the water, wonderful management of that golden light and the shaded areas and of course the icing on the cake: the rainbow. I find rainbows not easy to faithfully replicate in terms of colour, contrast and the difference in light above and below it. but here you've made it look easy. Well done!
jjcordier (76976) 2014-02-01 23:00
Ces inondations désolantes ont été, pour vous, l'occasion de faire de belles photos (j'ai apprécié aussi celles de Brian). L'arc-en-ciel (double même!) apporte évidemment un gros plus à l'image, tout comme la lumière illuminant les arbres dans leur parure hivernale.
jemaflor (86086) 2014-02-01 23:55
Congratulations, taken at the good moment with a superb light and this perfect coloured rainbow, well managed, tfs.
Romano46 (18466) 2014-02-02 2:17
la pioggia è stata una bella occasione per una foto nella quale la natura trionfa in tutto il suo splendore e con i suoi colori più suggestivi.
Stupenda la composizione ed eccellente - come tuo solito - la cura del dettaglio.
Ciao e buona domenica
Royaldevon (30783) 2014-02-02 2:33
My waterlogged garden is nothing in the scale of things! This is just tragic! I know some people have not been in their homes since before Christmas!
Your photograph, to the uninformed, does look like a swollen river. I suppose the partially submerged trees are a clue!
You have captured the scene with an excellent composition whilst the f/g shrubs add to the sense of depth. Your details reveal a sense of movement, despite it being a still shot.
Although a sign of the continuing rainstorms, the rainbow does add beauty to the scene - I should say rainbows, for you have a reflection!
Have a lovely Sunday,
snunney (85659) 2014-02-02 3:23
The weather really has been horrendous this winter, we have many such scenes like this round here. You had an opportune break in the weather to capture this volley example. The light is most appealing and the colours natural and attractive. Clarity is excellent.
CLODO (30706) 2014-02-02 5:32
bad weathzer but good opportunity for a picture including the rainbow.
I was this morning with my camera in Bordeaux which was partially flooded due to the heavy rains we encountered the weeks before, very high tide and west winds.
Have e nice sunday
saxo042 (37588) 2014-02-02 6:52
An interesting view of the flooded river with the double rainbow above. There must have been a lot of rain here but at least you need sunshine to see a rainbow. An interesting note too.
marabu61 (8721) 2014-02-02 7:51
I really hope for you that it will stop raining in England soon, even though the flood has provided you with an impressively attractive picture of the flooded field and the rainbow above. I would never have guessed that this isn't the river itself.
But take the rainbow as a symbol that things will turn for the better now.
Wishing you all the best and have a good sunday
willperrett (7428) 2014-02-02 10:40
This looks pretty serious if you live in this area, but it still makes a very diverting photograph, especially as you've caught that bright rainbow. We live right by the sea, in an area that's as flat as a pancake; yet we haven't so far had any problems. Touch wood. Thanks for getting back to my email. I'll get that sorted this week.
fabbs99 (16739) 2014-02-02 21:28
Lovely image of the rainbow.Very well captured.TFS.
mesutilgim (86096) 2014-02-02 23:47
A real masterpiece in your gallery ! Perfect pov and layout. Very nic light management.
TFS and have a great week ahead.
Nicou (124229) 2014-02-03 0:51
C'es tles indondations chez vous quel débit d'eau terrible la force de l'eau et tous les dégâts que cela peut faire quelle vue et compo avec cet arc-en-ciel qui redonne de la vie
Bravo et amitié
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-03 3:14
you had very nice light while taking this photo - it makes the whole picture more define and the colors got very attractive warm tones. The most eye catching element of the composition is this lovely rainbow cutting through the dark sky and setting colorful contrast. Well given proportions and good POV.
Thanks for sharing
carlo62 (34490) 2014-02-03 14:34
purtroppo, in questo periodo, siamo uniti dallo stesso triste evento, ci sono alluvioni anche in Toscana.
Sono sempre brutti momenti, c'è disperazione sui volti delle persone e le campagne soffrono per questo fenomeno, speriamo passi in fretta.
Un grande saluto a tutti voi
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-02-04 0:59
Looking at this shot makes me think that it will take weeks before the land drys out Ann and I wonder how the farmers will cope with sodden fields now that the spring planting is about to begin. A beautiful scene with gorgeous golden sunlight. No pot of gold at the end of this double rainbow.... just wet feet! Excellent work and despite the subject a pleasure to see. Warm regards Rosemary
Cricri (108059) 2014-02-06 9:42
Jolie prise de l'arc en ciel , la profondeur de la rivière avec les arbres dans l'eau , lumineux par l'effet de l'arc en ciel, beau moment capturer et présenter
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-07 23:08
Super photo of this not so super flooded field scene.
Great the rainbow giving us some colour and perhaps hope that this bad weather will soon be over.
Hope you did not get your feet wet, great Pov, well managed and presented.
We are going to India, this November so might ask your advice on a few places you travelled too.
Have a pleasant weekend,
claudeD (33634) 2014-02-08 9:09
very fine nature picture with this wonderul rainbow as a very great plus. Very good choice for vertical format.I like the picture very much. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adores (38202) 2014-02-28 15:53
I guess the floods are being a problem in most part of Europe but you got a good shot here. I like the ccomposition with the bare trees and the muddy water. The sunlight and the rainbow really add a lot to the shot. A well captured moment!