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North Devon Journal Herald ~ January 13th 2011 (Allegedly).

As the years go by, the recent flood of central Barnstaple could become more of a reccuring phenomenon… A high spring tide and heavy rains, combined, and here is the Barnstaple Street, ‘Butchers Row’ flooded!!! Yes.. flooded!

The horse snapped here by the Journal photographer Clive Redwing had become confused as local field boundaries at the back of Pilton, around the “Manning’s Pit” area, became tiny features visible above the torrents of local streams, bursting their banks rushing into the waters of the overflowing River Taw at The Strand.

This unusual view is possibly as strange to Barnstaple as the following view of a frozen River Taw in Barnstaple, taken on January 23 1940…

An unthinkable thought… ~ The relocation of the whole population of Barnstaple and the building of a new town??? If flooding continued in this way on a regular basis..the saving to the local council would be immense…. An unpopular yet wise decision maybe… What a thought!!!

(HDR Work ~ The horse and the water are imported and worked up in approximately 5 – 10 layers…each adjusted for tone and contrast. Layers are then partially erased and combined to create the seemless rich tonal image.)

My work is eclectic, pychological and profound and hopefully, attractive and beautiful for hanging on your wall… or sticking on your iPhone as a case… enjoy!

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  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 3 years ago

    wow, what a capture !!!

  • Gisela! It’s nice to see your comment… Thank you!

    – Simon Groves

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Great work Simon!

  • Hi Istvan!, Thank you very much for your encouragement, glad you enjoy! …

    – Simon Groves

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 3 years ago

    in the current australian floods they found a cow standing on the roof of the house reminds me from your image

  • What you say reminds me of the film “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” Where exactly that happened with a cow on the roof! Very surreal! The town hasn’t flooded here, it’s just that…

    – Simon Groves

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsover 3 years ago

    It’s about time look forward to your photographs and you haven’t disappointed me at all the is FANTASTIC! Instant favorite

  • Lynn thank you very much!! I love this medium of creating what the journalist photographer might like to snap at “just the right moment”. Thank you very much for your encouragement.

    – Simon Groves

  • Lena Weiss
    Lena Weissover 3 years ago

    The horse looks sad somehow… so beautiful and strong and rather helplessly.. against the force majeure? Another master piece Simon!

  • Lena, thank you very much indeed for that very wonderful commentary on this picture. We are so adsorbed by work we can even forget why we created and what we were trying to express visually… You have put it into words perfectly regarding this horse…strong..but so vulnerable and and out of place in this major act of nature..

    – Simon Groves

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you Sylvia! :)

    – Simon Groves

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  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 3 years ago

    Such amazing work. Congratulations on your permanent feature:)Cat

  • Thank you Cat! :) I love your piece too…it’s a lovely feature page!

    – Simon Groves

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserover 3 years ago


    Nice one Simon

  • :D:D:D Hello! and thanks Dave!

    – Simon Groves

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Thank you very much Rocamia! Its a photoshop piece…made-up of three seprate pictures.

    I like the blue and white light in this banner of yours! :)

    – Simon Groves

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