River Thames in Flood, Weybridge, England,

The Thames has been flooding for a few days.  Not to the extent it flooded in 2002 when many of our local roads were closed, but it’s been climbing the tow-paths & the speed that it has been racing has been disturbing the ducks.

The persistent rain this week has meant that I haven’t been able to get any good photographs, but yesterday afternoon just as the sun was getting lower in the sky, the conditions were perfect so I went down to the weir to see how high the water was.

I was really happy with my photos, so I have spent today working out how to watermark them with free photo-editing software.  I chose GIMP as it came highly recommended on CNET, and I read a few different tutorials and blundered my way through!  I am very happy with my very first attempt at ‘owning’ my photographs!  Please don’t ask how I did it, none of the other people’s versions of GIMP seemed the same as mine, so as usual, I ended up making it up as I went along!!

River Thames in flood by Desborough Island

River Thames in flood by Desborough Island

Without further ado, here are my pictures, click on any of them to see them full size

These photos don’t really fit the instructions in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections however I did focus on the reflections of the sky, trees, boats and ducks when centring the images, so they are a loose fit :)

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Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel, Lilly Plankton our cat & Myrtle our tortoise
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29 Responses to River Thames in Flood, Weybridge, England,

  1. Grannymar says:

    Well done you, on working out the watermark! I love the photos.

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  5. nuvofelt says:

    This is my old stomping ground. I haven’t been back for ages, but recognise some of the landmarks. I’ve never seen it like this before, though. Thanks for sharing

    • Barbara says:

      The Thames floods to this level most years. I moved here in 2001 and in 2002 it flooded the roads completely down at Walton Bridge, both bridges had water under them and Cowie Sale ‘the bumpy road’ was closed. The water came up on the road at the weir too, but was not close to houses here.

      They built the new houses on the island alongside the lock after the floods. Would be interesting to see how wet they got if we had the floods like 2002! Straight after the floods we had freezing weather and then snow. It was a bit treacherous on the roads then!

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  8. Maxi says:

    You did a great job with your photos. I especially like the one with ducks. They swim along no matter the problem, all is right in their world. Blessings ~ Maxi

    • Barbara says:

      Thank you :) I do like them. On my iPad the cover photo doesn’t load properly which is a bit annoying as it is one of my all time favourite photos, hopefully it’s just my iPad!! Quite happy with how the watermark turned out, though it is a bit of a pain to add it to the photos!

      The ducks were funny, they stayed out of the main current, except one who got swept along at top speed just past the railings, he looked really funny. I guess they are ok as they can always fly if they are being swept off course

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  10. Life&Ink says:

    Congrats on learning a new trick! Good job on the watermark and great job on the photos! :-)

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  18. Al says:

    Lovely, lovely photos! I would say you have tamed the Thames.

  19. Jeff Sinon says:

    Oh my, not sure I’d want the river THAT close to home :-) But then again, you no longer have to walk as far to get to waters edge.

    • Barbara says:

      The new houses have been built much nearer the egde than I would have built them having been here in 2002 and seen the flood waters then. I think they all are built on stilts though so that the water flows through them rather than into them! I doubt any of the houses photographed can get flood insurance!

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        Are the home owners as bad over there when it comes to crying to the government when there precious waterfront home is destroyed by a flood? People will never learn :-)

        • Barbara says:

          Not so much, although it is the property developers who should be held accountable now.

          The worst is when it is government built houses that flood, or if the flooding is a result of some change that was made to the river flow. Then they are responsible.

          London itself, and many huge cities are built on the flood plain of rivers, so it is stupid not to expect flooding if you live near a river, especially one so big! They built a massive flood barrier after a huge storm surge killed loads of people in 1952, but they think that it is not big enough to protect London completely

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