As I passed by the dam today, I noticed water was being released from all three spillways. I decided to go to the lower side of the dam and get a few photos. I could feel the spray in the parking lot - and the fish smell filled the air. Back in May when we had the record flooding, the water was over the walls showing on each side of the photo. (See Day 124 for comparison). There are people fishing on the bottom left of the photo near the red sign. Gives you an idea of the scale and just how much water there was during the May flooding.
I was planning on a series of photos of school supplies this week, but the weather changed that for me this evening. We had scattered thunderstorms and a tornado warning. When the warning came on TV, the weather person also mentioned how much lightning there was with the storms. It wasn't raining at my house yet, but the thunder was rolling and there was a lot of lightning - most of it "soft, scattered" lightning in the clouds...reminded me of light from a softbox at times. :) The best view of the sky is from my driveway because of all the surrounding trees. There was lots of thunder and lightning, but only a little rain. I ended up taking 53 shots trying to get a good one of the lightning. Here's the two best ones. The camera was on the tripod, set at f16, ISO 200, bulb setting. I got a lot of shots of dark sky, but I'm pretty pleased with the two below.
A yard art windmill. I'm not sure if it really works or is just decoration. I kept waiting for a breeze to blow it, but it was only a hot, not a breezy, day.
After a bit of rain and a lot of humidity I found these mushrooms growing in the backyard. They must have sprouted over night. When I got home this evening the few that were left were wilted and laying on the ground. I guess direct sunlight and 96 degrees isn't a good evironment for fungi! :)
It's that time of year in Tennessee - hot, humid, and a chance of afternoon pop up thunderstorms nearly everyday. Today the temp was 101 degrees by one store marquee I passed at 5:04. I ran a few errand and when I came out of the store I saw today's photo. The wind was blowing pretty hard - and felt very nice! The temp had dropped to 88 in less than an hour. It never rained where I was, but with the way this cloud looks, I'm sure it did somewhere.
Despite the 100 degree heat index I still did a bit of yard work today. In addition to the pesky mosquitoes, there seemed to be a lot of different kinds of bugs out. I think this dragonfly was watching me. He seemed to be following me around the house. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]
Today I participated in Photos for the Flood, a fund raiser organized by Nashville photographer Sarah B. Gilliam. The Pied Piper Creamery, voted the best ice cream in Nashville, allowed us to use space at their store. Today also happened to be the day summer decided to invade with high's in the area near 90 degrees. Needless to say, the Pied Piper was extremely busy helping keep people cool with their delicious treats. I snapped this shot when this little girl stood on a stool at the ice cream counter to pick out what flavor of ice cream she wanted. I thought the look she was giving her mom was so cute. She was probably having a hard time deciding because there were so many choices. :)
Not something in flight, but something that was once in flight. This is a sun dial at a local park. It is made from the tail sections of two jets. I used to know what kind of jets, other than big ones, but I forgot. :) It's really a bit strange to look at because you can't tell it's a sun dial from the main road that passes behind it. I guess it's "modern art"....it's definitely different. As you can tell from the clouds we were about to have another storm. I just made it back to the car before the rain started.
When the water receded the cleanup began. This isn't the dump....it's some of the debris from one house that was flooded two weeks ago in the worst flood in Nashville's recorded history. 13 inches of rain fell in two days causing the area rivers to rise as much as 13 feet above flood stage. This is the sight on many streets and some entire neighborhoods around Nashville. Several houses on one side of this street were flooded. All are in the process of cleaning up, making repairs, and getting on with life. From the road, you can see construction dumpsters filled to overflowing behind these houses. On the roadside, awaiting pickup by the garbage trucks, are the remnants of people's lives. I'm proud to live in the Nashville area. People here pull together and get things done, even when faced with disaster. Neighbors helping neighbors, doing whatever it takes. That's the way we do it here.
As most of you know by now, Nashville had record breaking rain this weekend and is now suffering the worst flood in recorded history of the city. The Cumberland River has crested at just under 52 feet. Flood stage is 40 feet. I live close to Stones River and the J. Percy Priest Dam. I went there and took photos after work. I've never seen it so high. I took some photos around the dam back in January, so I pulled some of those to post for comparison. Thankfully my house is on a hill and is undamanged. Lots of people aren't as fortunate. The big scare now is fresh water. One of our two water treatment plants is flooded and inoperable, so everyond has been asked to conserve water. Glad I have plenty of bottled water! Now for the photos.....
Here's what it looks like at my house. Thankfully I'm on a hill. Some of my neighbors aren't so lucky. The storm drains on the lower area of the subdivision are overflowing and the houses near them are being floodded. Several water rescues today where people have tried to cross water covering roads. The Cumberland River (goes through downtown Nashville) was at 38 feet this morning. It is at 45 feet now. 40 feet is flood stage. This is very unusual for Nashville. The bad thing is the rain is supposed to keep up for another 8 - 12 hours. It might look bad where I am but others around town have it much worse. You can see more on one of the local news web sites here.
The water comes down the hill .....
To the backyard.....
Then around to the side yard....
Then across the driveway and into the road.....
The people that live next to the storm drains aren't so lucky....
The storm drain is probably 4 feet deep and as you can see was over flowing at 9:00 this morning.
We've had very unusual weather in Tennessee today. Over 6 inches of rain has fallen in the Nashville area since this morning. There have been tornados to the west and south. We experienced the worst flooding in this area in the last 30 years. The news reported several places where the interstate was flooded and completely closed. The rain has let up for the moment, but round two is on the way. Thankfully I didn't have to get out for anything today. My power went out for a while and I had to eat dinner by candlelight....which resulted in today's photo. Of course the power came back on just as I finished. In a way it was nice. No noise except the birds singing when the rain let up for a bit. I'm glad to have my cable and DSL back though!
Today we had the most severe storms so far this spring. It doesn't get as bad here as it does in other states, but it seems in the last few years we have had more tornados and damaging winds. I got a few shots of some really neat clouds in between the lines of storms. We had several instances of hard rain - to the point my backyard looked like a small lake with lots of splashing!
Spring is everywhere! It was 83 degrees in middle Tennessee today. From the looks of everyone's lawns, I think dandelion season started this week too! My dogwood has started blooming. I happened to be outside during the golden hour before sunset. Love the light at that time, but what photographer doesn't? I really like the way this Lightroom preset accents the bloom. Probably too much for some people, but I like it. :)