Dam Wide Open

WildestArt

Stuttgart, United States

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This is the lock and dam at Pine Bluff, Ark USA, taken 2011 with a SanyoVPC-E2100, telephoto, straight from the camera. Its the Arkansas River. The river was at flood stage, the dam was wide open. The FEELING of raw, unleashed power from this vantage point was indescribable. It was a roar you couldn’t shout over. The ground shook so hard it was hard to stand. My friends fled in terror, but I couldn’t move. I stood there transfixed. A brave friend had to finally come and get me. (I’ve actually seen the water worse, where it POURED out. But this was scary enough)…. This is a nice place for photos, you can get right under the locks, no one stops you. When the rivers down, I often do this. But where I NORMALLY would have stood, at THIS time, was15 feet under water! I went and stood on the OTHER side of the dam, right above the river about 8 ft away, and it scared me. The water was about 2 feet from the TOP of the dam! Sometimes, at low levels in late summer, I’ll photograph sand, etc at waters edge. Once I didn’t hear the warning bell of a barge being released from the lock. At that time the water raises 4 feet in about the time it took to type this. I found myself perched on the 10" wide cement erosion barricade, 3 ft above the raw river on my right, and rising water on my left. I had to keep scooting UP, almost TO the dam, to escape the water. It never lasts long. About 10 minutes, so I wasn’t too scared. (unless 2 barges go through!…). One good thing, when it was over, I hopped down and had MORE great sand to photograph!!

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