Atmospheric Rivers

February 21, 2017

BW photograph of a portion of Big Hunting Creek.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The state of California has recently been battered by storm systems referred to as “atmospheric rivers.”  This report  describes the one that hit the Los Angeles area this past Friday.  The raging rain and snowfall measured in feet delivered by these storms have combined with the longer-term effects of historic fire seasons and a five-year drought to produce flooding, mudslides, and sinkholes.  While the precipitation has replaced the snow pack and helped restore the reservoirs, this type of extreme inundation is both disruptive and deadly.  And then the cost of repairs/rebuilding of infrastructure would need to be considered.

The above photograph is of Big Hunting Creek, which is the water source that produces Cunningham Falls in Catoctin Mountain Park.  This is over 3,000 miles east of California.  This also demonstrates the power of photography to create an illusion.  Yes, the water does appear to be running at a good clip-that is courtesy of a slow shutter speed.  This is also a very tight composition, so not much of the creek is visible.

BW photograph of the Patapsco River at a low water level on February 21, 2017.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This photograph is a wide view of the Patapsco River-quite a difference in terms of the apparent water level, eh?  This photograph is much more representative of water levels here, which are the result of a relatively low-level of precipitation this winter thus far.

BW photograph of a fallen tree laying upon a large rock.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Which is not to say that there is a lack of evidence of previous flooding.

Take care.



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