This time last year, my local area was affected by unusually heavy flooding. The Thames burst its banks on a scale we hadn’t seen since 1947. I captured as much of it as I could, fascinated by the changed landscape. My 365/40 and 41 are images not previously shared here, of Walton Quay (41) and the Thames towpath between Molesey and Hampton Court (40).
I had to include one more picture, even though it has appeared on Focused Moments before. This last image, snapped as the flood water came rushing in, was the closest I have come to having an image go ‘viral’ on social media. It was shared 450 times on Facebook alone with views well into 5 figures. The view seems innocuous enough but to people who know the area, it was a unique sight.
For my 365/13 and 14, I have turned back the clock by just a year. This time last year Surrey was suffering the second of three bouts of severe flooding. I was very busy, documenting my changed local landscape. It was an absorbing project, although always tinged with sadness for those more directly affected. In January, we did not know that the worst was yet to come.
I didn’t share these two pictures at the time, preferring to concentrate on images that showed the severity of the floods to everyone, not just those who know this area. So it is nice to go back and give these others an airing now.
For those who like to know, the top shot has a shutter speed of 246 seconds, at f/11, using my 10-stop ND filter (aka the Big Stopper).
Last month I posted some photographs of the floods along my local stretch of the River Thames, between Weybridge and Hampton.
As many will know, the Thames has burst its banks again, only more so.
Walton Bridge from Thames Meadow
I took these photos today and yesterday. If you are not familiar with the area, these images will not have as much impact but, for locals, the inundated landscape is a weird and frightening sight, strangely beautiful at times, but bringing suffering to so many.
Fire Brigade rescuing people from flooded homes
The people I saw being evacuated were outwardly cheerful, putting a brave face on a horrible situation.
Sadly, more rain is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week – I fear the worst is yet to come.
The Thames claims Walton Lane