I’m pretty sure this will be my last image in the Paterson Flood series. In my home town, this is the Vacy Bridge over the Paterson River. The river beneath is usually barely visible when you drive across it, usually so much lower you would actually need to be walking along the bridge edge to see it. I have been told of previous floods where the water was actually across the road between the Vacy shop and the Vacy Bridge. Scary stuff! I hope I never see that – it would be very damaging to our little town.
Sometimes a dead tree is what makes a landscape view stand out…
There are not too many islands around inland Australia. This one only exists in extreme weather conditions, and the owners become islanders for a short time! It still looks like paradise over there to me!
This run down old shed was swamped by the floodwaters. The farmhouse next to it was also halfway up it’s first floor in water! There was just no escaping the torrents.
There is a beautiful property in Tocal with a homestead up on a hill. They have a lovely tree-lined driveway leading up to it, which in these recent floods has been turned into more of a tree-lined canal. If only they had a gondola to get them in & out, with a gondolier of course!
It’s not often you can capture a full reflection of a eucalyptus tree, especially in a cow paddock!
As I am delving deeper into my “Photographer mode” during this project, naturally I see the best thing to come out of these floods are some spectacular image opportunities! I mean, going out shooting was the only sane thing to do in this weather! Do I need to mention the school was closed, the kids were home, John couldn’t get to work….?
Anyway, this one grabbed me. I love the light as the sun was desperately trying to escape from under that huge cloud. We were all desperate to see it! It did come out, but not for long. I love all the reflections of the trees that usually line the riverbank, which was now lined by Gresford Road, and partly the adjacent mountainside, which left us stranded in Vacy! The reflected cloudscape is also pretty amazing.
This morning John left for work at about 6:45am. The school was closed, so the boys and I were having a slow, lazy morning. It was about 7:15am when John got home! The road was flooded at Paterson, so the usual ways of trying to get to work were all inaccessible. If you can’t get to Paterson, you can’t do much…
So what better thing to do than to go down there and capture this moment. I’m pretty proud of this image, which is actually 8 photos stitched together. It pretty much sums up the situation here in Paterson this morning. Please do click for the larger view, this small size doesn’t do it justice!
I couldn’t resist going out today and shooting some images with all the rivers surging and bridges flooding! Though it wasn’t an all pleasant experience, it was freezing, wet & windy, and I was trying to operate my camera partially through a plastic bag! I think I got a couple of shots worthy for your eyes!
This is the Paterson River Railway bridge in Paterson. The river is surging, and it’s flowing like a raging torrent with loads of debris from up river making its way downstream.