The atrocious weather during November caused flooding in many parts of the United Kingdom. Heavy rain in the hills along the upper reaches of the Thames, particularly the Cotswolds, caused a huge volume of storm water to drain into the river, eventually to discharge via the Thames Estuary into the North Sea. The non-tidal Thames, that is to say from the source in the hills near Cirencester to Teddington Lock to the west of London, is managed by the Environmental Agency.
The Agency is responsible for the management of these high volumes of water that travels down the River Thames. This is done via the weir system, where sluice gates control the amount of water passing through a particular area. This enables vulnerable areas to be protected, so that when flooding is unavoidable flood water can be contained in less sensitive areas.
The tow path at Higginson Park, Marlow is under water. If you look closely you can identify the edge of the river bank by the row of mooring posts, most of which have seagulls standing on them.
Date: 30:11:2012 Time: 16.03.45 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM
Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/160 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 33.0 mm
Marlow Weir in Flood
A close-up of Marlow weir, showing that the level of the water down-stream is nearly at the same level as up-stream. The day most of these images was made was fine and sunny, with no suggestion of heavy rain. This is because it takes several days for water to travel down the 215 mile river to the North Sea and by the time most of the water had reached Marlow the weather had improved dramatically.
Date: 29:11:2012 Time: 12.148.30 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/5.0 Shutter Speed: 1/640 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 70.0 mm
…..and yet more Rain
This was taken two days before the first two images, during the period of bad weather. I was just able to fire of a few shots before the next wave of torrential rain descended. You can see how the flooding increased by comparing this image with the first.
Date: 27:11:2012 Time: 16.25.55 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM
Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/200 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 29.0 mm
Below Marlow Weir
Canoeists brave the fast flowing waters below Marlow weir. The water levels, clearly demonstrated on the left hand side of the weir, are nearly equal. This image was made in the rear gardens of The Compleat Angler Hotel. The sign post in the foreground is on the submerged bank of the river.
Date: 27:11:2012 Time: 16.48.02 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM
Aperture: f/6.4 Shutter Speed: 1/50 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 40.0 mm
My photographic website at www.marlowimagefactory.com , which specializes in my work in and around Marlow will close on 13th December 2012. My Marlow work on display will now be seen in my principal photographic website at www.chrishotton.com. My “marlowimagefactory ” blog remains unaffected.