Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Arch Series

Most of my Thursday Arch photos are abstract. A few are scenic. However, the Arch lives in the center of a city and on a very big river. Conditions are not always pleasant. This picture shows the Arch and the levee of the Mississippi on a hard winter day.

The river level is very low, as you can see from the broad area of open pavement and brick. During our great flood of 1989, the water level was three-quarters up the floodwall on the left.

There was freezing rain falling when I took this picture and droplets kept getting on the front of the lens. I used the picture anyway because I thought it added something to the bleak quality of the image.

TOMORROW: There's a penguin on the television! Well, sort of. There is a penguin and it is on something. It won't explode, though.

8 comments:

edwin s said...

very good. the silhouette of the droplets really adds to the shot.

U "R" Us said...

I thought the flood was 93.

Strangetastes said...

oops - you may be right. Maybe I should look it up.

HoodPhotography said...

Nice addition to your series! Bleak... good word to describe it!

Strangetastes said...

U "R" Us is correct. The flood was 1993. I remember taking off from the STL airport at its height. The area around the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers looked like a sixth great lake. There is a great photo showing how high up the floodwall the water got. The point of view is similar to today's post but much higher.

Jackie said...

That's an incredible photo. I took some fog photos today too - there's something very atmospheric about it.

Jackie
Glasgow Daily Photo

Olivier said...

belle photo de l'arche sous le brouillard

Beautiful picture of the arch in the fog

Waldo Oiseau said...

This reminds me of the last time I was in St. Louis. It was a "Hey, let's go to St. Louis for the weekend" trip with the boyfriend. ..In the middle of winter. Your photo is pretty much what it was like to be outside. ... freezing! But, the Arch is always amazing to see, inclement weather or not.