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POST YOUR IMAGES FOR Kurt's solstice project HERE
« on: June 21, 2013, 06:20:55 AM »
Hi all, I thought I would kick off Kurt's project as we will be out tomorrow.
These were taken 21st June @  2.00pm Australian Standard Time which is 4.00am GMT so all of you are probably in bed.
We took a walk in the "backyard" but not many birds out and about.
So
A Black Swan event




As close as the intervening water and this pair would let us get



One of our backyard ponds from the birdhide



I look forward to seeing your part of the world.  15 degrees Celcius, sunny with little wind on our midwinter soltice afternoon....john
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2013, 03:15:48 AM »
Preface: It has been a terrible week here in Alberta, Canada. Heavy rains and flooding. My wife and I got off lucky and only had water standing in our yard and I installed a sump pump to carry the water way and prevent (?) a similar problem in the future...I hope. We are lucky. Water and sewer backed up in two of our neighbor's houses.

The big story is that many towns and one major city are in huge trouble. In the city of Calgary (population about 1.1 million), 75,000 people have been evacuated. The entire population of 13,000 in High River had to be evacuated. Hundreds of homes are under water. It is a mess.


My June 21....the start of summer.  I decided to go for a drive to see the high waters on the Oldman River and at the reservoir where our summer lot is. Here are some shots. They do not represent what I usually do, but this was "my" solstice day.   

Looking out to our street at 6 AM..bright and sunny for a change. (Althoughit did rain this afternoon.)


The Oldman Reservoir is full and the floodgates were opened two days ago. The river below teh dam is running at 2,100 cubic meters per second here. Here is a short video of the spillway.




After I let the dam, I came across two horses and stopped to chat with them. ;)  The place where we own a summer lot is on the other side of the reservoir in the background....you can't actually see it in this photo, but it is over that way. The area is natural grassland with foothills and forest and mountains farther to the west.



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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2013, 11:43:46 AM »
Clive when I read about the flooding going on up there, I thought about you. Some reason I thought you were not near it, but I see I was mistaken. I am glad you are making it through relatively unscathed, and hope the flooding ends soon for your neighbors and country men. The video of the flood gates is amazing, seeing that sort of force is always fascinating.Hope you and the horses had a good conversation, they looked quite smart. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013, 04:51:27 PM »
Thanks Maxx-7D. Our communities are fine, but it is heart breaking. I'd guess damage will be several billion dollars.

Off topic.

We are 2½ hours from Calgary (Bow River) in a different river drainage (Oldman)..and we are 15 minutes away from the Oldman River that is in a deep valley.  But we had 4 to 5 inches of rain in our area this week. Our subdivision is on an old lake bottom with heavy clay and water does not drain well here...our backyard drains poorly. Never had a probelm before.

We are away from the huge areas where destruction is unbelievable.

The reality is we build cities and towns in flood plains that formed over the past 10,000 years since the end of the last glaciation. See this graphic of Calgary showing all of the affected areas. (We live east of Lethbridge shown in the inset.) ALL are adjacent to the two rivers. No one knows how often the rivers flood like this because there are no records that pre-date development and population growth. Calgary at over one million people is really only 100 years old...no centuries of experience here. 

But there is powerful evidence that the areas are vulnerable because of the structure of the valleys and flood plains. Yet we build in the areas that get flooded now and then and forget history. See here . This is the city near where I live...fortunately there is little development in this valley.

Sorry for the off topic editorial. Thanks for your comments Maxx-7D. We are forunate to be doing well. 
   
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2013, 12:20:25 AM »
Two things both with a major impact have occurred in the last century to make these events stay in our minds Clive.
1. (I am a believer in) climate change (although there are some deniers).
2. The speed of and quality of disaster information and images.

Put these two together and we have a natural disaster somewhere in the world in our news every week.

Glad that you and Willie are OK but we feel for others...john
(PS nice video- my length of attention span)
PPS  Where are you Kurt? this is your show.....:grin:
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2013, 06:58:58 PM »
Sorry to hear about the floods in Canada but relieved it hasn't involved Clive.

At last - I've sorted out my images. There aren't too many - we we stayed at home sorting stuff out for work the next day and the car got a thotough clean by Mr W.
"Our" kestrel was about so I got some shots of him. No other birds as he keeps them away!








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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2013, 08:50:22 PM »
PPS  Where are you Kurt? this is your show.....:grin:

Nope, this should be everyones show ... :)


The Summer solstice is a public holiday in our country and thus we had a nice three day "holiday".

John and Clive, I was thinking that people should reply to a topic which was already done for this show ... but you got to do what the mods say ... LOL :D  (Could you please remove the thread 'OUR WORLD: June 21st, Summer Solstice')

This year the 21st was very nice day, very often day is very chilly and rainy. Temperature was around +25 celsius and mostly sunny.

Naturally I had to do the walk with the dog.






Our front yard ... can you see the dog ...


We had some time to go sailing ... we skipped the dancing around wooden pole ... ;)



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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013, 08:53:45 PM »
Sails down, approaching the harbor.



Back in harbor. Well we still had saturday and sunday :D


Clive, sorry to hear about the floods. Glad you are safe!


What kind of day you had at 21st?

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2013, 12:06:23 AM »
So you have 'Maypole' dancing, too, Kurt! Ours is done to celebrate Spring - hence 'MAYpole dancing'. The children weave coloured ribbons around the pole as they cross in and out of each other. It's not done as much these days but was always a feature of Mayday when I was a child.

Your dog looks worn out after his walk and the sailing looks exhilarating.


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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 05:12:33 AM »
So you have 'Maypole' dancing, too, Kurt! Ours is done to celebrate Spring - hence 'MAYpole dancing'. The children weave coloured ribbons around the pole as they cross in and out of each other ...

Your dog looks worn out after his walk and the sailing looks exhilarating.

The Maypole dancing is more popular in western side of Finland where the western cultural influence can be seen more clearly. I am from the eastern part where we set up large bonfires for protection of all evel spirits.

The dog was very tired. The temperature is raising and we can go over +30 celsius within few days.

Your kestrel looks great. Nice captures.

Interesting to see how the light is so different. Down under it looks very harsh, more "gentle" up north ...

Clive, fantastic horses.

John, I can feel your winter ;)

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2013, 04:42:20 PM »
No shooting, no pictures taken at 21st??

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