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Dammed Water

This is Lake Marion near Santee in South Carolina. We went fishing for catfish here at night, but this was just a tour on a pontoon boat during the day. The valley was flooded years ago and there are many treetops just below the surface to catch out the unwary boater.

I envisaged this in monochrome when I took it and I think it would work just as well in that format, but I chose to leave it like this because it is just what it looked like to the naked eye. It was very eerie.

These trees make ideal nesting places for osprey and they are two a penny around here. Some are no more than 7 or 8 feet above the water. Watch for these in the coming days!

Dammed Water

This is Lake Marion near Santee in South Carolina. We went fishing for catfish here at night, but this was just a tour on a pontoon boat during the day. The valley was flooded years ago and there are many treetops just below the surface to catch out the unwary boater.

I envisaged this in monochrome when I took it and I think it would work just as well in that format, but I chose to leave it like this because it is just what it looked like to the naked eye. It was very eerie.

These trees make ideal nesting places for osprey and they are two a penny around here. Some are no more than 7 or 8 feet above the water. Watch for these in the coming days!

comments (9)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 5 Jun 2007, 00:54
This would definitely be a winner in mono. Great capture Colin and i think the colour adds a sense of realism to this slightly surreal sight.
chunter: Thanks again nev. A mono shot of the same location (slightly different composition) queued for tomorrow.
Very unusual and compelling. I like it!
chunter: Me too. Thanks for saying so.
  • sk
  • 5 Jun 2007, 07:25
this is very nice Colin, nice composition and framing
chunter: Thanks bridge.

On reflection (!!) I think I could have chopped off a fraction from the left.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 5 Jun 2007, 09:56
This almost has an eerie feel to it, Colin. What a strange site.

But having said that, Georgia is so close to South Carolina and our Lake Lanier in north Atlanta is manmade, with even houses below the surface. Talk about eerie! You don't think about it when you see the lake but I can imagine a scuba diver being freaked out!
chunter: Hi Ginnie. Yes, apart from the eerie look of the place, knowing that there was once a thriving community somewhere beneath the surface added a certain sorrow to the atmosphere. At times I felt we were intruding or somehow being direspectful of someone's grave. After all, where people lived they also died and would be buried nearby.
It does look spooky Colin...but this is a beautiful shot!
chunter: Thanks again, bridge. I'll get back to yours soon.
  • Ellie
  • 5 Jun 2007, 13:21
Hmm, it looks like Wiltshire after a week's rain!

Seriously good picture Colin, and the touch of colour I think makes it better than a mono, which might lose some of the atmosphere
chunter: Yes - the edge of the New Forest on a typical English summer day (2" rain per hour) springs to mind. It was a seriously eerie place to be though as the lake is so quiet mid-week.
  • Suby
  • uk
  • 5 Jun 2007, 15:04
Wow,wow WOW You earn a deserved "I LIKEY" for this awesome image Colin

Suby
chunter: Three wows and an I likey - I must have done something right!

There are times, aren't there, when you just kow that you've got a good one in the can. The whole series from this place felt like that to me. There will be a few more, interspersed with others from the trip. Look out for the Osprey too.

Many thanks for your visit and I trust the new venture is stil working out.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jun 2007, 19:34
super super shot Colin. mal
chunter: Thanks a bunch, Mal. Much appreciated, especially from you.
I like this a lot Colin!
The only nag for me is the blank patch running on the left side.
chunter: Hi deji - I totally agree with you on the excessive blank space on the left. In fact when I first posted it I even said as much, but I had to re-write the intro for some reason and forgot to mentionit the next time. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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