March 17

What a find!  I didn’t even know this dam existed on the south edge of Washburn.  The snowpack is melting and rushing over the dam, about to carry with it a couple of chunks of wood.  Again, it’s the Golden Hour of the day. I walked out along the creek to the dam and laid on my stomach to get as close to the action as I could.

I like how the water is both clear and deep, but also rough and churning.  The reflections of the golden hour and the golden weeds along the shore add the right color contrast to the blue of the water.

I’m not sure if I could capture such deep and contrasting colors of the water if I were to go back there later in the spring or summer.  I’ll have to find out and make a comparison.

I am certain the farm on the hill overlooking the creek, further upstream would be different later in the year, more green.  But I wonder about the stability of the bank. Will the farm get swallowed up some day by the erosive creek?

March 16

Once spring snow melt began in earnest, culverts across the state channeled rushing water down stream.  These large culverts at Apple Creek east of Bismarck moved water so quickly rapids were formed at the mouth of the culvert.  Lowlands were flooded, but the ND DOT and other agencies seemed well-prepared to handle the erosive qualities of the runoff.  I had heard about the flood potential at Apple Creek. When I got there, I was surprised it wasn’t worse.  I shot it anyway.  Glad there was no severe flooding, but a bit disappointed that I didn’t have anything dramatic to shoot. Sick,huh.