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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Scenic North Alabama: Wilson Dam at Florence, Alabama, May 4, 2010

Construction on Wilson Dam began in 1918 and was completed in 1927. The Wilson Dam actually predates the TVA, but was later placed under the authority of the TVA. The dam is 137 feet (42 m) high and stretches 4,541 feet (1,384 m) across the Tennessee River.

Dam from the south side at Rockpile Recreation Area after the recent heavy rains and flooding

Great Blue Heron flying; there were many of them fishing at the dam

North side of dam from city park near Mariott Hotel

Bluff at Rockpile Recreation Area, Wilson Dam

One of the caves formed in the limestone bluff; the heavy rains have created wet weather streams and waterfalls

Rainbow in mist at second cave in bluff

Yet another rainbow and cave opening

Yes, this photo was in a previous post, but I liked it and decided to use it again.

Largest of the waterfalls

Same shot with Paul to show scale


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  2. I love how a camera can capture a rainbow. My sister is on the look out for sun dogs now because of me and because of you. She looks forward to trying to find them everyday. On the day before her graduation see saw a double rainbow to the east and a sundog to the west. She took a pic with her phone, but it didn't come out that well. Thank you for introducing me the sundogs. I see them alot, it gets cloudy in the evenings here.

  3. Wow! We haven't been to the Wilson Dam (not sure why?) but I have similar photos of Bonneville Dam near Portland, Oregon. The rainbow and waterfall photos are just beautiful and makes me want to take the kids there. Smile today. :)

  4. Thanks to all of you. I love taking photos, but I have limitations due to my little camera. I'm hoping for a better one sooner than later, but I have to be patient.

    Daisymum: I'm glad I could introduce you and your sister to sundogs and other atmospheric optical phenomena. That double rainbow and sundog moment sounds really neat.

    Gloria: It seems silly, but we've sort of made photographing dams a hobby. I'm hoping to go trekking around to seem more of the Tennessee River dams this summer. I hope to expand and get to see some really big ones. I've only flown over Lake Meade, but I hope to get to visit Hoover Dam as soon as possible. I've never been to Oregon, so that's on my list and I'll be sure to try to get to Bonneville Dam.

  5. nice series of photos, I really like the caves and rainbows.

    That curly pig a few posts back is so funny, i've never seen anything like that before!

  6. Crafty: the curly pig was something "completely different" that we spinners found both amazing and hilarious. Just thinking of having that fleece in the hands gives us much to ponder.

  7. Are there cave tours, could we shoot pictures of models there?