Overflowing Caban Coch...

by David Swatton June. 15, 2019 496 views

The dams in the Elan Valley, built over 100 years ago, create reservoirs that provide the water for Birmingham. While the overflow looks dramatic and indeed it is when you are standing next to it, the design is deliberate; the overflow being channeled away into the river, below.

I had never seen the dam overflowing before but I thought after all the rain we have had in the last couple of weeks there must be a good chance of seeing it, so I drove over there this morning and wasn't disappointed.

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Bob Rosenberg 2 years, 3 months ago

You may have read about the one out here in California where the overflow channel washed away and threatened a nearby town.  Tons of money was spent to rebuild the overflow.

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David Swatton Replied to Bob Rosenberg 2 years, 3 months ago

Well the Elan Valley dams have been there for over 100 years without any problem and no sign of one any time soon.

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 3 months ago

Glad to hear that.  Water is an ongoing issue here in California.

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful series! So nicely composed & exposed! Bravo!

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David Swatton Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks - it was cool to see the overflow so close-up

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Jay Boggess Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 3 months ago

Flowing water, especially "Big Water", is mesmerizing and thrilling, at the same time......no???

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

I like how you captured the flow of the water. Nicely done smile

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David Swatton Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

For once I could be bothered to take a tripod!

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Camellia Staab Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 3 months ago

I have found it to be so cumbersome, carrying it all over and then setting it up and... I don't know, maybe it's just me. I know a lot of people swear by the tripod. I guess I am not that much of a perfectionist. 
Your photos just proved you don't need a tripod smile

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Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 3 months ago

Impressive ain’t it! Mx

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David Swatton Replied to Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 3 months ago

Certainly is...

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