Happy Wednesday! ~ 261
On the way home last night I stopped and took some images of the flooding from the Maquoketa River. A lot of corn crops have been lost as a result of the flooding. I’m sure there has been property damage as well but I did not record that.
The first two images are of the Hurstville Lime Kilns. The water was not yet over the road when I left although they had put up the precautionary “road closed” signs, which was an indication to me that they expected it to over flow the road. I enjoy the Kilns and have photographed the area in and around them extensively over the years. This flood will take away many of the wild flowers and prairie grass that are behind the Kilns.
The last image is of what used to be a field of knee-high corn. I did a panorama of the area and if time permits I’ll do a composite of that and show it here.
I have always been intrigued by floods. It is interesting to note that we find bodies of water very attractive and desirable. Properties with a “view” of the water always command higher prices than non view property. Even the flooded areas have an esthetic appeal. It is the destruction and debris that the water leaves behind that is so devastating to the folks who have to deal with the aftermath of a flood.
Hopefully the farmers with fields under water are protected with crop insurance. Even if they are they would much rather harvest a crop from their land.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. This is my Friday. I’m playing golf with some of my buddies from Thunderhills. I haven’t played with them for several years so it will be a real treat, even if the golf is not so good. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Be careful.
Happy (soggy and wet) Tuesday ~ 262
We had a Code Black at work yesterday, which means there is a tornado warning in the area. We were very fortunate that nothing occurred with the exception of a lot of rain, thunder, and more rain. My evening commute was in a constant down pour and the many streams I pass on the way home have become much larger “rivers.” I saw several lakes where just a few days ago there were corn fields.
The weather is not without it beauty however. Later in the evening when the rain had finally tapered off I noticed this amazing orange light shining through the blinds in my office window.
I first went to the back yard and was greeted by this incredible sky. There were layers of clouds moving through the area and all being back-lit by the sun. Even though I am happy with my images they do not tell the whole story of the magnificent sky that I saw.
I have gotten away from talking much about camera specs but I think it is more interesting with these images. The first two were taken in a hurry because there was still some rain coming down and I didn’t want to miss the light. All images were made with a:
Nikon D4 | Nikon 28 – 300 mm lens | The first image was shot at a focal length of 45 mm (hand-held) 1/100 sec @ f5.6 ISO 800 | Second image also hand-held taken at 82 mm focal length 1/160 sec @ f5.6 ISO 800 | Final shot was made 12 minutes later with camera on a tripod at a focal length of 116 mm. Exposure was 30 seconds @ f 9.0 ISO 100.
Probably more information than you need or want but it is after all supposed to be a blog about photography. 🙂
Amazing sky and an amazing amount of water. The back yard is a small lake, which is causing some problems for the ground feeders at the bird sanctuary. The good news is that as of this morning the lake has gone down and the feeders were booked solid. 🙂
That’s it for today. I think it is supposed to be a little nicer for the next few days. There are a lot of people who are or will be dealing with water damage. It is such an insidious problem when water gets into your home and does so much damage in such a short amount of time.
Thanks as always for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day, watch the water crossing the roadways and be careful.