Every year in springtime, flooding follows after the frozen landscape melts. But this year it was really different: the flooding happened first, then it all froze.
In the 30 some years I have lived in this region, I have never experienced this reverse sequence of naturally occurring events.
I took these photos with my new Canon G5X Mark II just one week after my blog Rhine River flooding and processed using Luminar 3.
I love the presets available with Luminar3 because I get better results converting to black & white than with other software. The intensity of the black for example in the sky is very impressive.
With Luminar I felt I could get closer to the type of black & white image I used to be able to produce with analog film in the darkroom.
There's a dike to prevent the Rhine River from flooding the fields and towns along its shores. When there's too much water in the Rhine, it bypasses the dike by going deep underground and resurfacing on the other side.
The pressurized water forces it way to the surface flooding the low-lying fields from many meters below the surface. These flood waters then get "trapped" because they cannot recede with the river's current.
The ice on a frozen field is not stable, however, no one in these photos was in any danger because there's just grass or soil under the approximately 6-8 centimenters of ice.
I thought the final photo looked somewhat like choppy waves of water approaching a shoreline. I chose the Luminar preset "krushed" because it really accenturates the trampled frozen surface like crushed ice :-) and chose to keep the color version since blue is the color of water (mostly...)