Ouse overflow - monochrome

My Walk this Week – Colour or Monochrome Flood

My walk this week follows a flood – not so much follows in fact, more dictated. The River Ouse in York regularly floods if there is a lot of rainfall in the area or up river and when I was there at the start of April the rain was teeming down across the country. I took the earliest opportunity when the rain stopped to check out the watery scene.

Ouse Flood 2

I was at least able to cross the Millennium Footbridge whereas on a previous occasion I had not even been able to approach the bridge! What caught my eye in particular was the arrangement of objects such as semi submerged bollards, fence reflections and the ghost image of the footpath as it curved round under the water.

In looking back at the photos I couldn’t decide whether I preferred them in colour or monochrome, so they are both included below – all except the curved footpath shot because in monochrome the path was completely hidden.

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  1. We certainly have had some rain here, did you see the football pitch out by Tadcaster on the York by pass? I really like the black and white images.

    • I’m pleased you like the b&w images – thank you. I wasn’t at Tadcaster but a run up to Middlesbrough showed the whole Vale of York to be pretty well sodden!

  2. Interesting to see your photos of the flood waters, Alastair, and the capture of the high waters among the surrounding features. How rivers expand in times of flood is interesting to me, maybe because where I live there is far more drought than abundance. I found the color photos more pleasing for showing the springtime greenery. I especially enjoyed the video for seeing the steady and driving movement of the water, and hearing people’s accents. Delightful post.

    • Thanks Jet. Obviously the flood waters are not good for most people, although in York they have learnt to deal with them efficiently. You’ll have noted, I’m sure, that I didn’t convert the more colourful images to monochrome. The next post will help to prove that

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