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Flooding near the railway station @ Whitby 5th Dec 13

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This series of images records the recent floods in my home town and they will remain here for a while, but since they are of limited interest to most viewers and rather mediocre in quality, it is my intention to remove them sooner or later. If you have an opinion regarding this, please feel free to express it since I might be persuaded to keep one or two!--------------------

Normally, this open area is thronging with people, day and night.. Since this flat expanse of water is such a rare event, the town looks strangely surreal ;)--------------------------

Immediately to the right of this shot, within a hundred metres, is the harbour, but there are no defining edges to indicate its boundaries. The boats are floating higher than the shops. Shortly after this photo was taken, the town was plunged into darkness due to water in the main supply.---------------

The "yacht sails", adjacent to Trenchers now "wet" fish n' chip shop, is in-fact a piece of "public art" in the form of a stainless steel sculpture in the shape of "Yacht Sails". This nautically themed centre feature sits on top of the submerged mini round-about.---------------------

The red stripe through the shot is evidence of a passing emergency services lorry with its tail lights on! and the shimmering red light (a most attractive phenomena) was caused by the vehicles wheels as they splashed through the water.------------------

It now transpires that this flood has caused millions of £££££ worth of damage locally and many of these homes and businesses will be affected for many months to come. Fortunately, no lives were lost.

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Ghiocela on December 6, 2013

Excellent perspective and lovely view, dear Jim! I like it! Have a happy weekend! Hugs, Simona

Buts Yuri on December 6, 2013

Excellent shot with beautiful colors! LIKE-2! Regards from Ukraine! Yuri.

Puna on December 7, 2013

Excellent Shot Jim like.

Biplab Kumar Pal on December 7, 2013

Excellent shot. L4, best wishes, Biplab.

Алексей Резнёв on December 7, 2013

Отличные ночные фотографии!! L+++

Nick Weall on December 7, 2013

So you did not escape entirely ~~~~

Geezer Vz on December 7, 2013

Interesting picture, Jim. The emergency vehicle left red streaks from it's tail lights but otherwise there is no trace of it. Fascinating! Like.

Mark Evers on December 8, 2013

Again a very well taken night shot. LIKE. Best wishes, Mark

Mircea Moldovan on December 8, 2013

Tipical english weather. Best regards from Loughborough. Mircea

makis-GREECE ® on December 9, 2013

Excellent photo!

Like and favorite!


Gabriel MaXoTe on December 10, 2013

【ツ】 Bonita foto LIKE

【ツ】 Te agrego a mi lista de Fotografo favoritos

【ツ】 Un saludo desde TENERIFE , Gabriel

lizab on December 11, 2013

A very beautiful flooding picture, really well captured!

PS: I would keep at least some of then, including this one, for record is important but also liked the photo!

gasgasLex on December 11, 2013

I always like a night time shot with reflections, light trails and good you didn't let me down Jim :-))

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 12, 2013

Ghiocela~~~It is such a pleasure to find you here dear Simona, thank you for your lovely compliment ;)

Buts Yuri~~~Good to see you here Yuri, ;) I'm very grateful for your appreciation ! ;)

Puna~~~~~Greetings Anand, plenty of water and I did not even catch a fish ;)

Biplab Kumar Pal~~~Hello Biplab ;) thanks for your nice comment!

Алексей Резнёв~~~Your'e most welcome, glad you enjoyed them !

Nick Weall~~~~~There were a fair number of homes and businesses flooded out Nick, the damage runs into millions of pounds! I managed to stay dry, even here!

Geezer Vz~~~~~A very warm welcome Guy, it's a nice surprise to see you here....Many local people were milling about taking photos (out of shot). Dozens of emergency vehicles and workers were involved in helping the victims. Fortunately, no one lost their lives!

Mark Evers~~~Hello Mark, thanks for stopping by ;) Long exposure photography is a bit of a challenge because of my failing eyesight. I use a torch to adjust the fiddly settings but then I have trouble focussing..This night I was lucky to capture a few decent images!

Mircea Moldovan~~~~~Greetings Mircea ;)~~~~You are quite right, we must have some of the wildest and most unpredictable weather on earth!! The UK is, apparently, the windiest country in Europe, hence the unstoppable growth of windfarms ;(

makis-GREECE ®~~~~~Hiya _Makis ;) I truly appreciate your generous comment and L+Y* award!

Gabriel MaXoTe~~~~~【ツ】I'm flattered by your generous evaluation and much appreciate the L+F award!

lizab~~~~~Your lovely compliment and enthusiastic commendation for this series is very much appreciated. _I read your avatar regarding copyright infringement and followed the link to all the conversations..It certainly raises my concerns regarding the motives of Google. I am not certain where all this will lead to, but it will need to be watched!

I note with sadness that you have already deleted your photos in protest..The decision cannot have been easy for you..We have all invested a great deal of time and effort to make Panoramio what it is..Fundamentally, it is changing and not for the better! If the core members of Panoramio vote with their feet, then it's fate is sealed!

To you all, I express my sincere gratitude for your visits, precious comments, your endorsements, likes, especially the Y*'s and for taking the time to look!

Kind regards :)


skida on December 12, 2013

I think this photo stands on its own merits, plus it is recording a rare event (storm surge and spring tide together), so I hope you keep it posted. In Blyth, the river came over the top of the quay and some low lying buildings may have suffered flooding, but at least they gave us plenty time in their warnings, so hopefully stuff could have been moved from basements etc.

What's this about copyright infringement? I clicked your avatar and didn't find anything.

Regards, Keith

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 12, 2013

Hello Keith, thanks for your valuable feed-back..Aye, it's a pity about the many folks in Whitby who were unprepared for this abnormal North Sea surge..There was adequate warning but a fair number of home owners in low-lying areas chose to ignore them. The borough council and other agencies also failed to support them. No barriers of any description were provided, not even sand-bags. The only barriers I saw were those of the police, adopting the headless chicken modus operandi, who later tried to throw a cordon around the whole area and in doing so simply added to the mayhem, I was not impressed by their bully-boy mentality. The fire Brigade, on the other hand acted in their usual exemplary fashion.

As for the comment above regarding copyright infringement, the best I can do is to refer you to THIS FORUM LINK Talk about smoke and mirrors!

Once again, all the best Keith ;)


skida on December 16, 2013

It's a discussion that has come up numerous times since I joined and also since Google bought out Panoramio and isn't a worry to me. I take photos for fun, not to make money, but if someone DOES make millions from one of my shots I would want a bit!

Regards, Keith

Neil Grimwood on December 17, 2013

Hello Jim, I've just managed to catch up with these images, a sad sight indeed. Its hard to believe we were there a few days before all this happened,as you said though,no lives were lost thank goodness. I think you should leave these images posted Jim,as skida said, its rare event and well done for managing to record it,your choice mate ,but thats just my opinion.

Regards and best wishes...Neil.

Conquilha on December 18, 2013

Great capture of the floods at night...

Conquilha from Portugal Like this photo very much and wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and\or Happy New Year 2014.

Richard Gregory 48 on December 18, 2013

It's hard to believe something like this can happen Jim and apparently we may have another sea surge on New Years Day?? Like and a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..Regards Richard

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 6, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: PENTAX PENTAX K-7
    • Taken on 2013/12/05 16:49:04
    • Exposure: 30.000s
    • Focal Length: 16.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash