Sunday, September 26, 2010

Whakamaru Dam In Full Flow

We've had a lot of rain over the last few weeks.  More than anyone wanted.

Grass is growing - but it's to wet to mow.  Weeds are growing - but hard to find a dry morning to attack them.

But there has been one good side to this - the water was let through the sluice gate (or whatever they call these things) at the Whakamaru dam for several days.

The image above and below is from the bottom of the sluice where the water rejoins the river. I never seen it quite this wild. The air was saturated with water and I got wetter than a duck in a downpour getting these shots.

Above and below here show the view from the top of the dam looking down onto the sluice way and the river beyond.

The river is normally quite tranquil beyond the dam but you can see that the waves are just about submerging the tiny island.

Certainly added a new level of interest to the morning walk for a few days.


Leah J. Utas said...

I love the power of water. It's wild and magnificent and it really puts us in our place. Sorry you got soaked, but the pics were worth it, don't you think?

Dawn said...

Absolutely worth it, Leah. Wouldn't have missed seeing it like that for the world.

the Bag Lady said...

Way cool! Thanks for sharing with us.

Reb said...

What's a little damp for photos like those? Beautiful!

solarity said...

The power of water always catches my interest.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Dawn said...

My pleasure, Baggie.

Reb, I didn't mind the damp at all for those shots. It was exhilarating.

Me too, Solarity. Water and fire seem to grab me at an elemental level.