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Pictures for Pam, Day 70: HFF: Flowers & Fence

Pictures for Pam, Day 70: HFF: Flowers & Fence
(+2 insets!)

I woke up to the pitter-patter of rain on the windows and smiled because we're behind on our water levels here in southern Oregon. Actually, the forecast suggests rain for the next week! Wonderful!

Splashing down the driveway in my new waterproof and stylish sneakers with rain tapping enthusiastically on my umbrella, I noticed our newly made rain diversion channel that's made such a difference to the condition of our road.

Since we've lived here, our dirt and gravel road has been a big problem during the rainy season. The water pours down the side of our steep hill and some of it ends up running down the road and making a mess of things. It's required Steve to fix the driveway with our tractor's scraper. And still, the water is relentless and soon erodes new gullies across our driveway.

A few weeks ago I was on my morning walk during a heavy downpour. I couldn't help but notice the water racing down the driveway and across to the other side in several places. It was going to be a problem soon and I wondered if there was something I could do. I saw an old metal fence post laying nearby and I thought, "What if I drag a furrow off the side of the road to divert the water?" It took just a few minutes in the softened clay mud and immediately I could see that my idea was working! The water that had been streaming down the road was now redirected down my new pathway and off to the side! Hooray!

I worked my way down our driveway, dragging out furrows wherever it made the most sense. Half an hour later I'd gotten most of the water to run off the left or right edge. As I surveyed my handiwork, I was delighted that such a simple solution worked so well.

When I walked back up the road, I looked at the only place I couldn't fix by myself. It was the worst spot requiring a deep, large furrow and using a puny metal fence post was not going to do the job.

I decided not to tell Steve what I'd done, and instead let him discover my project for himself. A while after I got back to the house, Steve went on his walk. I was absorbed in my photography processing when I got a text from Steve. "Come out and see what I did to add to your great idea!"

I bounced outside and joined Steve on the driveway. As we walked down, Steve complimented me on the easy and perfect solution to our water woes and together we wondered why we hadn't thought of this ten years ago. No matter, we'd figured it out now!

"WOW!!! LOOK WHAT YOU DID!!!" I couldn't contain my excitement as I stared at the deep diversion channel that Steve had dug. At this spot, the large stream of water that properly ran down the gully at the edge of the road used to overrun the bank and cut across the driveway. But now everything would change! Steve used a shovel and pick to dig a channel which captured all of the water and directed it back off the road. Furthermore, he had continued by digging a channel for 50 more feet to connect the channel to the original gully. It was perfect.

Together Steve and I stared in satisfaction as the water poured into his channel and off the road. We looked down the driveway and could see no more puddling at all! No rivulets of water, nothing! We walked down to the gate and Steve showed me how he deepened and lengthened the furrows I'd made and both of us bubbled with happiness.

You will see an inset picture of the channel that Steve dug and our road falling off into bokeh beyond. It's a fun picture to show the solution of something that's plagued us for years!

Today's main picture is for Happy Fence Friday! It was taken in San Anselmo on our second hike as Nathalie led Steve and I down from the open space into the lovely neighborhood streets. As I tried to catch up to them, a splash of light caught my eye and I turned to see these gorgeous African Bush Daisies glowing next to a fence. What a perfect opportunity for a colorful HFF picture! Steve and Nathalie were out of sight around the bend but I couldn't pass up this chance…and I'm so glad I got this image to share today!

I also have a picture of our gate and fence that I took the other day--it turned out nice enough that I'm including it as an inset too. :)

Pam, do you guys have any problems with flooding? It can be such a pain to deal with. Our road has been our worst nightmare, but other than that, we don't have any issues. Thankfully our house has ditches to keep the water from being an issue. However, in the house where I grew up in San Francisco, the water would pour off Mount Davidson and right through our basement. My dad tried everything to stop it but the mighty mountain won every time…my oldest brother now has to deal with the issue every year. UGH! Here's hoping that today has been good for you Pam. I know it's a big deal and I'm sending all of my healing energy your way, my dear. *BIG HUGGGGGGSSSS*!!!!

Explored on 1/18/19, highest placement, #1.

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55 comments - The latest ones
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Wow !... you are both certainly entitled to feet up and a relaxing recovery with a cuppa'.... after that marathon irrigation project ...... well done...
Now have a HFF and a mighty fine weekend too...
Best wishes from David J'... UK.
21 months ago.
Wow! Another stunning picture.
Well captured, composed and framed.
Excellent DOF.
Perfect work, Janet.
HFF and have a great weekend.
21 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
Preciosa foto !!!
Interesante cómo se os encendió la luz a Steve y a ti, para solucionar las torrenteras del camino. Muy descriptivo...

HFF and a very nice weekend for you !!!
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
You do live in a fantastic place Janet. Congratulations on solving that problem. I can see how bad it must have been, especially with heavy rain, making water pour down the driveway and across the road, which could be dangerous with aquaplaning. Good for you two - it's so lovely hearing you talk about Steve - it's so obvious how happy you two are together and how much love you share. Hold onto that my sweet, it's a rare comodity.
21 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent capture and PIPs!

Admired in:
21 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
a very nice bokeh and selective light
21 months ago.
neira-Dan club
oh !! une photo pleine de charme , et un excellent bokeh; HFF
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
Annemarie club
a dreamy image
HFF my friend
21 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
this is fantastic ***

perfect photography, Janet !
21 months ago.
 Ludmila Litvin
Ludmila Litvin club
21 months ago.
polytropos club
Very sublime! Nicely chosen.
21 months ago.
niraK68 club
Wonderful Summerfeeling HFF
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Superb floral close-up Janet.
HFF and a nice weekend.
21 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
The backlighting gives the petals a beautiful translucent quality, Janet. I love the very effective shallow depth of field. HFF and a fantastic weekend to you. Cheers, Joe
21 months ago.
Xata club
So beautiful.... sorry I don't have time to read all today... nevertheless HFF and enjoy your weekend!
21 months ago.
Gudrun club
The daisy brighten the day, I love how the sun shines through them and the fence has a lovely bokeh! The shallow DoF on your second note is also excellent. HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
belle transparence janet !!
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A magical shot with the hint of a fence Janet. Superb!!
HFF and happy weekend.
21 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
What a fantastic shot and a great composition!! The light makes these flowers just glow.
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
Boro club
Excellente ***********
21 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Lovely lighting and differential focusing here. Those yellows are pretty good too. Well done Janet.

HFF, have a great weekend, Herb
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
These fresh colors are always so nice ! Have a fine day, Janet !
21 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Simply beautiful !
21 months ago.
Zulma club
HFF Janet!! you brighten my day!!
21 months ago.
Ruth club
HFF Janet, lovely image, have a nice weekend.
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Un bokeh conçu juste pour elle, quelle magnificence cette fleurette dans le lumière !++++++++++
Tous vos problèmes résolus, passez un excellent WE, HFF Janet.
21 months ago.
tiabunna club
Ah yes, maintaining dirt access roads can be one of the 'joys' of rural living! Great that it seems you have sorted the problem out. Love the bokeh of the fence in your main image, plus those great colourful flowers. HFF and have a great weekend, Janet.
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photo , lumière avec bokek et notes. Nicole.
21 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
splendid transparency of these delightful petals, greatly composed !!!
21 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Wie schön. Kleine Sonnen erhellen trübe Wintertage.
21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Beautiful light enhances the colour of the petals and the bokeh makes them stand out,
enjoyed the narrative and the pips Janet
HFF and a lovely weekend.
21 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, wonderful light and colours - Have a nice weekend Janet.
21 months ago.
TOZ club
Hi Janet beautiful back light to this Image nice job.
HFF have a good weekend
21 months ago.
Biobauer club
Schöne "Sonnenblume":) HFF
21 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful shot. Great composition and light. HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
cammino club
Beautifully composed backlit shot. Stunning bokeh!!! HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

Very nice picture, and great description of your geotechnical skills!

Best Wishes, HFF, and a Good Weekend

21 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
Delicate and beautiful Janet.
21 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Belle contre-plongée et lumière ! HFF, bon week-end.
21 months ago.
trester88 club
Wie schön das Licht auf die Blüten fällt! Der Zaun verschwindet fast im Bokeh und bildet einen weichen Hintergrund. HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful photo, Janet. Love the light shining through the flowers and the out-of-focus fence as a background. Like it that you made sure the fence was angled, too, when you composed the shot. Not even a promise of flowers here, though, and we've had a mild winter that should have encouraged them. Had a lot of rain and the yard is a sodden mess, too, and I need to do something like what you've done. There is a low spot in the middle of the driveway and the water collects there. If we don't park the car carefully we get a shoe full of water when we get out of the car. Have to dig a small channel to let the water escape. Sounds like you and Steve solved your problem nicely and I enjoyed, as I always do, your description of your cooperative efforts.

We have a lunar eclipse here Sunday night in combination with a blood moon and I am hoping for good weather and some photos. Trouble is the forecasts are not very good - storms and clouds moving in and hanging around over the weekend. We'll see. Otherwise haven't been inspired to do much photography. The gray weather and rain have had a dampening effect on my spirits, I guess. Did get some photos of the Flicker this morning but missed the male Downy Woodpecker. That was the first time I've seen him this winter, but by the time I got my camera he was gone.
21 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Have a mighty fine weekend.. Janet.. Cheers from David J'.. UK.
21 months ago.
Ecobird club
The light through the petals is simply beautiful Janet, - like sunshine! Excellent shots. Have a great weekend
21 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Marvelous translucent petals! HFF, Janet!
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club



UPDATE IS HERE. www.ipernity.com/blog/pamj/4716968?t=94473&c=1&s=edit
21 months ago.
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Yes, sometimes two people feel better! Congratulations on your brilliant idea!... and your nice photo !***hugsss**
21 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
It's a beautiful picture of the yellow flowers. The perspective is great. Especially I like the way one of the flowers is catching the sunlight and now it's now shining like the sun itself.
21 months ago.
 Frank J Casella
Frank J Casella
Lovely flower picture, Janet, with illuminated sunlight.
21 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Belated HFF to you too, Janet!
A good story once again! Well done for your ingenuity!
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful - and a belated HFF!
21 months ago.
gezginruh club
Lovely picture!
Belated HFF, Janet!

Besr wishes
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
very wel composed
21 months ago.
uwschu club
HFF zum Montag :-)))!
Etwas spät dran, aber besser als gar nicht.
Deine Macrolinse arbeitet hervorragend, sehr schön freigestellt
21 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Beautiful light on the daisies Janet.
21 months ago.

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