It is over three months now since storm "Desmond" dropped over 30cm of rain on Grasmere and Rydal in the English Lake District in the course of a single day, turning the usually benign and picturesque River Rothay into a broad and rampaging torrent. This iron fence, which keeps sheep from circumventing a cattle grid, felt the full force of the engorged Rothay and still bears the debris forced against it that day. It has become an interwoven mat of grass, leaves, and branches which mark the levels of the flood's relentless rise.
Over the past few weeks I have begun working on what I hope will become a photobook about the Rothay and these pictures should be considered digital sketches for that project. This fence will probably be like this a while longer, but I was surprised to find, wandering around near Pelter Bridge at Rydal, that the grass, pressed flat by the flood, still showed the flow of the water. Of course this won't last; Spring will make these natural signs of the flood disappear.