October 30, 2015 … if the river doesn’t rise

It had rained steadily for a day or two, and the river was rising when I wrote my previous blog.

Weir

Hutt River in flood at the Silverstream weir

Nevertheless, I find myself startled by the speed with which it subsequently rose. It rose so much, in fact, that it undermined the central support of a bridge to a small community in Birchville, Upper Hutt. Seventy houses have road access by that bridge, and without it, they are cut off. Furthermore, water and gas supplied are carried on it, so they may be in for a few weeks of severe inconvenience. I decided to avoid that area as the news came in, and went instead to the weir on the Hutt River. Except in very high water conditions the weir itself is usually visible.  Yesterday it was totally submerged as the river raced towards the sea.

Turbulence

Turbulent thundering water bouncing off the rocky river bed beneath the wear.

This was not a day for taking risks, and I am certain that the force of the water will have scoured out the river bed beneath the weir.

Flood

Flood conditions

A slow exposure gave a nice impression of the river in flood at the weir, and to some extent cleaned up the silt laden flow.

Catchment

Water catchment collecting our water supply

I carried on up the river and then out to the Kiwi  Ranch side road at Kaitoke. A nice misty view into the water catchment area for Wellington gave some hint as to where the river was getting its energy.

Another day tomorrow.

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About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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