10-23-13 Flow

2013 10-23 Flow by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard

Anyone who knows this blog knows that I often repeat myself. I have not yet tried to re-invent myself as a photographer and, at my age and inclination, I’m not sure that it is possible. Or worthy.

So here I am again at Iron Creek. But today, when I made the trek from our family’s cabin to this spot a few miles away, I found a flow of water unlike anything I have seen in the many years I have been photographing the stream. I am at our cabin right now to clean up several fallen trees on our property. There was a major winter storm three weeks ago that dumped 4′ of wet snow on the Black Hills and that caused significant tree damage.

The Hills are a mess – it looks like a bomb went off. But the up side is that the snow melt has caused significant run-off. And thus, my trek to Iron Creek.

Astute observers will not doubt see that this photo is not quite, “real.” And they would be right. This is actually 4 separate exposures combined in HDR Efex Pro 2.

I hope you like it.

Canon 5DIII 0.8s f/20.0 ISO100 40mm

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3 thoughts

  1. Wow Scott, don’t know how you are going to top this one and not get wet. Serious now, I am sorry to hear about the destruction.

    • Thanks, Patricia. I wish you could have been there. In July, the stream was a mere trickle compared to what I found this past week. And the stream had been considerably higher, though you don’t see evidence in this photo. I would say that at it’s highest, the water would have been 2′ higher than pictured here, which means that most of the bolders and shore would have been under water.

      The issue was that there were several feet of heavy snow and then quick melting. Lake Oahe, which is a HUGE reservoir, has come up 4 feet due to this storm. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there is, as I’ve said, tremendous tree damage in the Hills and there are thousands or maybe even tens of thousands of dead cattle, who don’t do so well in blizzards. There were places along the interstate east of Rapid City where the fence lines were littered dead animals. Very sad. And it is economically devastating to many West River ranchers.

      • The local news station in Monterey reported on the blizzard that affected Rapid City on several of their broadcasts over the weekend of the storm. It sounded like they underreported the amount of snow that fell after checking in with relatives in Rapid, with no mention of the devastating aftermath. I had wondered about what happen in the Hills. Were you able to get up to the Rock to see the damage from above? Did Rapid Creek flood? Were you able to stay at the cabin? Mother Nature can be so unkind sometimes.

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