Mute Swans about to land on flooded Tealham Moor, south of Wedmore, on the Somerset Levels; 7 Feb 2014.
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Much against good sense, I ventured down onto the Levels recently, to my habitual haunts on Tealham and Tadham Moors. Not daring to take my usual cross-country route because of the many places where even small amounts of flooding might cut it, I drove down the main A38 road south from Bristol to Highbridge, and then went eastwards into the flatlands along another, relatively large road. All was well on these main roads, but as soon as I got onto the smaller lanes, problems with water appeared.
Tealham and Tadham were mostly submerged, with just just the roads sticking up above the waters and little traffic about, but the floods in this more northerly part of the Levels are nothing like those further south, south of the Polden Hills, where whole villages are being overwhelmed, main roads have been cut for weeks, cutting edge pumping technology has been brought in from Holland, and the Army has been called in to help the local people.
This image is starting to look rather unphotographic, more like a painting maybe, and I always feel good when this happens. Henrietta Richer and Dave Battarbee have both made suggestions about this image, which I’ve incorporated.
Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 200 ISO.