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Floodwaters on the moor 5

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Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 14 January 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Taken at the weekend from the top of Burrow Mump which is a hill above the village of Burrowbridge. The river Parrett runs through the village and burst its banks, although the waters have gone back a little the main road which runs across the levels from Glastonbury to Taunton is still totally blocked by flood-waters.

I'm not sure how long this series will last but I seem to have collected quite a few shots of what mother nature is throwing at the Somerset levels recently and thought I would show some of them. While this has been a trial for some who have been flooded out of their homes and the farmers have to contend with their fields awash it has made some fascinating scenes

Canon EOS 60D 1/250 second F/13.0 ISO 400 61 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That volume of water beginning to be a nuisance. An interesting documentary.

14 Jan 2014 5:09am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I would have been extremely nervous living in that house watching those waters rise. Nightmare really.

14 Jan 2014 8:04am

claudie from le havre, France

Doug is awesome!! trouble!!! good luck

14 Jan 2014 8:06am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, colors, lighting & reflections!

14 Jan 2014 8:20am

jean pierre from paris, France

belle image de cette eau qui monte, monte... amitiés

14 Jan 2014 8:32am

Etsu from Japan

Oh...the flood water is covering the extensive field. This image reminds me of the widespread damage from typhoons in my country in 2013. Have a nice day.

14 Jan 2014 8:37am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The locals must be really cheesed off with the situation

14 Jan 2014 8:41am

Fraeulein Julie from überall, Germany

great documentary!

14 Jan 2014 9:35am

Martine Libouton from Genappe, Belgium

Une triste réalité! mais une très belle composition! bravo à toi pour ce reportage!

14 Jan 2014 9:41am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

ça doit être terrible pour les riverains

14 Jan 2014 9:45am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

These are, indeed, sad times to be living near water . . .

14 Jan 2014 10:08am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Just need it to freeze and you can skate to work :)

14 Jan 2014 10:11am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Dramatic long view and excellent documentary shot.

14 Jan 2014 10:15am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I like this more expansive view.

14 Jan 2014 11:17am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

incredible scenes you have recorded

14 Jan 2014 11:55am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for your text. Very interesting! I like the scenery and POV! Best! Adela

14 Jan 2014 12:15pm

BiLL from Belfast, United Kingdom


14 Jan 2014 1:10pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Looks devastating Doug! We had massive floods in southern Alberta this spring also! ;-)

14 Jan 2014 1:52pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

An expansive image of the flooded moor ... and I imagine the homeowners in the foreground were praying for the water level to drop!

14 Jan 2014 2:44pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom


14 Jan 2014 2:50pm

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

So close to that house!! Your pov is excellent here Doug...it looks quite extensive.

14 Jan 2014 3:45pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

What a lovely place, so beautiful scenic... love it, nice capture Doug...:-)

14 Jan 2014 3:56pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot today of the flooded conditions. I think it's a good idea to document the impact of the flood on the surrounding people.

14 Jan 2014 4:07pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Impressionnante vue de ces inondations terrible.
Belle soirée

14 Jan 2014 4:50pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Wow ... spectacular!!

14 Jan 2014 5:30pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I was viewing this earlier in my day, here, but was unable to comment at the time. By the Way, my workplace has, at least for the while, taken the"wall" down, so I am able to get on AM3 and visit folks..
Not sure how long this will last, but it allows me to visit during breaks and lunch periods, etc..
At any rate, I am astounded and amazed at this image, Doug. Beautiful, yet so gripping! I certainly hope that things improve soon...The weather here has moderated a bit, so hopefully that will drift eastward and allow more drainage to occur for the Somerset Levels and all the other affected areas. Well Done, Sir!!

14 Jan 2014 5:43pm

@Denny Jump Photo: I really hope the wall stays down Denny. The rain has eased a bit and we are not getting the great quantities that caused this so the land is slowly draining, although it will take time

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This image shows the flood waters as I imagine them, angry and threatening. Gone are the mirrored surfaces and nice light. Scary.

14 Jan 2014 5:58pm

franz from Baden, Austria

awesome and awful simultaneously ... my heart goes out to the people who've been affected by this flood. it must feel horrible to have no place to run to for safety !

14 Jan 2014 6:30pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THis gives more of an idea of the damage of the waters. Great viewpoint

14 Jan 2014 6:46pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

That is a lot of water. Looks like cars are no longer of any use and a little outboard motorboat should do the trick.

14 Jan 2014 6:53pm

@kiwisa: Tractors are just about managing it but some people are finding they have to divert around 30 miles just to get to work

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Impressiv . Great composition !

14 Jan 2014 8:14pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! This really shows how extensive the flooding is. That is so sad. There must be so much damage and devastation.

14 Jan 2014 11:22pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Dramatic!!! And sad too :)The power of Nature when she's angry!

15 Jan 2014 12:20am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, impressive scene … great view and documented capture!

15 Jan 2014 1:02am

L'angevine from Angers, France

eh oui cette crue qui peut en faire des dégâts

15 Jan 2014 2:39pm

k@ from Paris, France

Oh my really impressive !!

18 Jan 2014 12:36pm

Canon EOS 60D
1/250 second
ISO 400
61 mm