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Drawbridge at Steamboat Slough

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 2 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Today's post was inspired by our friend, Curly (South Shields, UK):

Another 'Slough' (rhymes with boo) image - this from the archives...

The water in the foreground in the Sacramento River - flowing south from right to left. Across the river is the eastern mouth of Steamboat Slough. The drawbridge will be raised dozens of times on the weekend in the summer months as sailboats come and go.

Just inside the slough on the left is a restaurant and bar. Scores of these places line the banks in this area - all know as 'resorts' and each featuring small marinas where you can secure your vessel - so to climb the planks to find food and drink. Many have fuel docks to keep the motors chugging - this one does not.

On the opposite shore is a small sandy beach - just below the bridge. A dollar or two gains access and families haul down coolers and baskets and grills to make a day along the stream. Driving across the bridge - you can hear the children in the water - laughing and yelling and splashing one another.

The fragile nature of this area has kept the developers away for the most part. I love visiting this region - less than two hours drive from San Francisco.

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Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Très jolie composition de couleurs

2 May 2010 5:43am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very beautiful light and colors, good inspiration and result :)

2 May 2010 6:47am

micke bergling from Sweden

Like it alot... great shot

2 May 2010 7:18am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice mood here

2 May 2010 7:23am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

very well captured dark tones

2 May 2010 8:22am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Thanks Steve, it's starting to make more sense now, this is what we (over here) would call a sluice gate, and would be used to control the levels of water in the sluice. They are quite common in eastern England in fenlands and marshes as well as the Norfolk Broads, they ensure a supply of water for irrigation and to maintain the habitat for wildlife without leading to excess flooding. When the flood plain becomes too saturated the sluice gates are opened to allow water to flow into the larger rivers or lakes.

Great picture, nice and serene, a great natural mirror!

2 May 2010 8:47am

@Curly: Hey Curly. We have sluices here as well, in fact this area supports thousands of these irrigation and flood control features. It occurred to me that the UK isn't flat enough to support any widespread areas of sloughs. With some help from Google - I've mapped this area:

I hope this helps.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such cool light and tones in this and love the reflection

2 May 2010 10:48am

David from Detroit, United States

Very calming. The colors of deep dusk are fantastic. I like the fact that you can't really make out the bridge in the darkness, but its reflection is perfect below it. I can hear the quiet voices from the restaurant.

2 May 2010 12:43pm

@David: Thanks, David - I appreciate the kind words.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

fabulous colours,lighting and reflections.

2 May 2010 2:47pm

Paul from Canada

Very nice sunset

2 May 2010 3:18pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The area is far more arable than I at first imagined.

2 May 2010 4:21pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

I am amazed by this picture; it's a work of outstanding quality.

2 May 2010 4:48pm

@Olivier: Thank you, Oliver.

jaro from Weener, Germany

well done, nice dark colors - like it very much


2 May 2010 4:53pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Beautiful scene. And the sky over it all is incredible. I point with joy to the one single star (or is that a planet) presiding with its pure, peaceful shine over the entire thing. Bravo Stephen.

2 May 2010 5:12pm

@Viewfinder: That was Venus hanging there, Glenn - thanks.

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

I hope you are pleased and must know this is quite Divine!!!
such lovely light and calm and beatiful reflections ~`simply stunning!!:) good job!!

2 May 2010 5:26pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

A real cracker, very good image

2 May 2010 5:58pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

What an absolutely stunning reflection. Beautiful colors!!

2 May 2010 7:28pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice time to shoot, beautiful light, and I love that lone star which is probably Venus the first to rise.

3 May 2010 12:14am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Thank you for this remembrance of the Delta, due it's agrarian nature, I always felt connected there. best...jerry

3 May 2010 2:52am

Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

j'adore les couleurs et la composition de cette photo

3 May 2010 5:34am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful light and color in this favorite time of day, i think, to shoot, if you're in the right place....and you certainly were!!

3 May 2010 9:31pm

Sohrab from United States

Nice colors!

3 May 2010 10:33pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Simply beautiful

5 May 2010 12:34am