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Old Oct 30, 2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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Well it rained all night and most of the morning, so when it did finally stop I decided to take a Sunday morning stroll around the town, and since the weather was still pretty grim I didn't bother with the camera. When I got to the river, there was a crowd of people gathered - not particularly usual around here - all looking at the water - and as I moved in closer it was easy to see why. Our normally placid river had turned into a torrent, and washed a complete tree downstream. The tree was now lodged on the weir, stuck firm, and yet still bobbing up and down like it was no more than a twig.

Would it stay or would it go?

Either which way I decided to head for home and get my camera, and 20 minutes later (probably less actually), I was back.... and the water level had dropped at least a foot! The tree wasn't bobbing up and down any more, but it still looked pretty impressive so I settled down to take some shots.

Just as I was finishing up, someone turned to me and said "you should have been here an hour ago, it was really impressive then". "I know" I said: I didn't even grit my teeth... much.

Must be a lesson in there somewhere.... :angry:
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Old Oct 30, 2005, 12:41 PM   #2
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And the side on view:
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Old Oct 30, 2005, 12:46 PM   #3
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And finally, for comparison, here's one taken about a month ago when there was a more usual amount of water in the river: the weir can just be seen in the background.

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Old Oct 30, 2005, 1:42 PM   #4
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Good shots. These remind me of the fall rains we had here the last 2 falls. We got around 12" in a couple of days, and there were slides and flooding etc. In fact, we just received our first rain warning of this season today. Hope it isn't like last years.....Cheers...thekman.
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Old Oct 31, 2005, 12:14 AM   #5
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I really like the first shot - that log looks like it is about to be realeased. Your story reminds me of a time I was on the beach at night - there was just a single cloud, surrounded by starry skies. That single cloud was emitting about 5 lightening bolts every second. It was amazing. Some of the boltswould lightup theentire beach. The cloudhad a diameter of about 50 metres. Anyway, I watched it for about 30minutes, all the time thinking the cloud woulddissapear. When Isaw it wasn't going to, I raced home, got my camera and headed back to the beach(took about 10 minutes). When I got back, it had totally dissapeared. I don't know if I'm ever going to see something like thatagain. Sigh.
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Old Oct 31, 2005, 2:21 AM   #6
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Good shots,John.You've really caught the motoin of the water well!
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Old Oct 31, 2005, 4:52 AM   #7
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Very nice John! I always have a camera with me, except when some kind of once in a life time shot presents itself!

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