Rapids pictured and real

We continue today on the theme of running water. The other day, we read a novel on the theme of water disaster. Today we visited a rapids. A question we want to ask about this is how do you make good photos of flowing water?

The water is high now. It is a snowy winter. But usually not so many degrees on the minus side, but instead of days of wet snow, some plus degrees. The snow is laying, but since the ground is not frozen, the snow cover slowly melts from below. One day we will get a day of thaw and melting. Maybe rain too. Then it turns to frost for a few days and the ice on the lakes.

The lakes have frozen now, but on many lakes it is highly uncertain to walk on the ice. The streams are ice-free. It is a winter with a high water flow in rivers and creeks.

So we made a trip to Höljerudsforsarna upstreams from Billingsfors. It was really gray weather. Some little snowflakes in the air. The temperature around zero. We parked the car and walked through the woods along the waterside

It was surprising when we arrived at the rapids at the 18th gate. There we met a powerful foaming water. First, the little bridge over a furious powerful narrow stream.

Then our eyes were captured by the wide white-foamed rapids below the long footbridge to the island with the lock cabin.

It was such a complete joy. To see the raging, foaming water. It went to our hearts as a reminder of something we recognized and which we missed. We were overwhelmed and we laughed and our laughs sounded and rang with the roaring of the water. The water’s force and power when rushing against stones and trees inspired our bodies. We danced happily in the snowy beach.

But how do you catch this flowing, running water on photo? We tried, but we were hardly satisfied. Not with the pictures. But that meant less this time. The experience itself was of the euphoric kind. We take the question of photographing as a future challenge.



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