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Brisbane Floods 2011- Inundation - Flooded By Moonlight by Neil Ross

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The photos in this flood collection have not been posted for their artistic merit; far from it, although this is probably one of the few exceptions. They are simply my personal account of the Brisbane Floods 2011 and how it has impacted my life. All photos have been taken in my local neighbourhood no more than 500 metres from my home. I hope you find them interesting and informative.

Thursday, January 13, 2011.

Spared only by the skin of their teeth, my neighbour’s home was only inches away from being inundated; the water was lapping at their floorboards. Beneath the house the water was around nine feet deep but in other parts of the property the depth would have reached almost 20 feet. Since its peak the floodwater is now subsiding but has a way to go yet before the clean-up operation can commence. Still submerged in the lowest part of the yard is the swimming pool. Now full of mud and debris, it’ll take forever to return it to it’s original pristine state. Until then, a swim is most definitely out of the question.

Photos taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!

The photo below was taken by my friend Nathan Faldt. Editing done by me.

My Neighbours Greg and Sharon.

Original Image:

I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    How you going Neil, would like too know all happening every where all love and goodness Normaje,

  • Great to hear from you Normaje. All is going well with me. Still waiting for insurance to cough up but have plenty to keep myself amused for the meantime. Only one power point and some leads and no gas yet… so no hot water… brrrrr :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 3 years ago

    excellent capture

  • Cheers Ryan. Glad you like it :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    It was pretty horrendous, wasn’t it! In many cases NOT having insurance meant at least you could go ahead and get the repairs started (or at least that’s what happened in our case.)

    Sorry to hear that you’re still waiting for basic services!

  • The local community came to our aid when it was needed most. They were awesome, but since then the local government has been too bust playing politics and the insurance industry counting their pennies. They’re a disgrace! I will not see another red cent in assistance from the state government, nor will many others… and people are donating to what? More bureaucracy. I’m now a humble wage earner Mel, and I’ll be exempt because of means testing but can’t do a thing until insurance coughs up. I’m ok but there are so many folks in dire straights. I find it all so disheartening but we all have to move forward. I just want hot water. That’ll do for now.

    – Neil Ross

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    That is so disheartening, Neil – there are terrible floods out in Manitoba too

  • It is Shulie. I heard about Manitoba and the US as well. I know most Aussies will understand what they’re going through. My heart goes out to them.

    – Neil Ross

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Hope everything’s coming together, Neil. As Shulie says, we have bad flooding in Manitoba and also in Quebec. It’s been a rough Spring in the GWN. Today is the first day of sunshine here in Ontario since the 8th. It’s been a wee bit damp.

  • Hi Mike. A wee bit damp is an understatement. Water, water everywhere. The weeks leading up to our floods were pretty dismal. At least we had some decent weather after it so it gave things a chance to dry out.

    – Neil Ross

  • seeya
    seeyaover 3 years ago

    I looked at all your images on the devistating flood. Then I noticed your album on your cats. Are they ok? A lot of RB members or their families have also had flood and tornado damage here in the US. Many people have lost their business as well as their homes. Rebuilding will begin, but how fast is another question. When I read your profile where you so openly share your journey I see hope and take responsability attitude. Any dry firewood to burn and get hot water? Keep posting when possible, we are all with you! Sandy,

  • Many thanks to you Sandy for your wonderful message. I’m so sorry to say one of my cats (Leo) who survived the flood returned home only to be killed by a dog a couple of weeks later. I cried so much. The flood aftermath is one thing but to lose someone I have loved and nurtured has caused me so much grief. I’ve been watching the floods and tornadoes on the news and can related to the trauma associated with such events. My heart goes out to all those affected. I can only count my blessings knowing there are so many doing it much tougher than I am. Hopeful we can all get our lives back to some sort of normality soon. Now it’s the waiting ‘limbo’ which is frustrating. Whereas fellow citizens have lent great assistance and support, the government and insurance industry are sitting on their hands (or worse.) I can only assume it’s the same in the U.S. I did finally get the gas connected so hot water is aplenty. At least that’s one small step in the right direction :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403over 3 years ago

    Neil I have viewed this on the larger scale and I find that the reflections in the water are simply perfect, it shows that you have an eye for taking wonderful images captureing the beauty in such a devistating time. The tones, highlights and shadows certainly re create and tell a story only of just how bad things became.
    I would love to see all your images printed in a book one day somehting that can be passed down to future generations.

  • I am very touched by your beautiful message, Tania. I’m currently working on my next project (as the flood series is nearing completion.) I am putting together a book as a personal account of the floods for the Museum of QLD. I can’t see that anyone else has done this. There are many awesome photos online but no one has done any documentation from a personal perspective. This book is something I intend passing on for generations to come. The pics are very ordinary but the stories bring them to life :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Neil of a disaster, great reflections too.

  • Thanks very much Ralph. I had to tinker with this one a bit but it finally came out ok :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 3 years ago

    This is one great shot. Love how you made art and beauty of a difficult situation. Much love and hugs to you!!!! xoxo

  • Thanks ever so much, Valerie. Truth be known, if I took better pics I wouldn’t need to edit as I do… but then I’ve learned to salvage reasonably well because I take crap pics. Hmmm… chasing my tail perhaps? I do like this one though and am very pleased with the result. Thanks for the fave too. I appreciate that :D Best wishes to you always.

    – Neil Ross

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 3 years ago

    This is such a beautiful capture of reflections Neil. It’s hard to think of all the devistation around you. Yet you can still capture beauty from it all. I hope things are getting better for you.

  • I’m camping indoors, Ginny. Well sort of but there are actually no doors. Still waiting for insurance approval. Glad you like the pic.

    – Neil Ross

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