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Ending at the beginning

Ending at the beginning

This image is very similar to the first one in this gallery, but I liked the scene and felt it summed up the enormity of this disaster quite well.

The river crested this morning at close to 9 meters and is now starting to recede, by 2 centimeters as of today (although a thunderstorm this evening has not helped matters at all). The roads will re-emerge from under the floodwaters and the tunnels and basements will be pumped out. Transportation will get back to normal, I assume within weeks. Businesses cut off by the water will hopefully recover and the great inconvenience to residents caused by this will slowly ease. Although the flood was frightening to witness and experience, I think Budapest fared better than many low-lying little towns along the Danube, where the threat to people and their homes and livelihoods, to say nothing of their lives, was much more urgent.

I enjoyed attempting this photo reportage of the flood, and appreciate all the support and kind words received in the process. I'm hoping I won't have the opportunity to photograph something of this magnitude again.

Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/200s f/11.0 at 55.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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MarcViskens13-Jun-2013 16:31
I follow the news and now it's getting better isn't it
we support you
Stephanie12-Jun-2013 09:43
Excellent closure to your superb gallery Helen! BV
Was there any loss of life as a result of the flooding?
Dan Greenberg12-Jun-2013 00:48
It is not a great situation, for sure. But it did lead to some exceptional photographs. If this were side by side with the same view before the flood, I think the effect would be even more startling. Well done, Helen. ~V~
Zoltán Balogh11-Jun-2013 13:54
Awesome photo, hats off Helen! V
woody3411-Jun-2013 02:48
You really have shown the extent and seriousness of the can only imagine the impact this would have on people and their lifestyle...great work...V
Gill Kopy11-Jun-2013 00:38
This really portrays the seriousness of the flooding - good shot V
Jean Chiasson11-Jun-2013 00:14
Beautiful image perspective Helen vote
pkocinski10-Jun-2013 23:35
Nice job showing us what's going on there.
Karen Stuebing10-Jun-2013 21:02
Unbelievable scene. That was a terrible flood. Excellent capture of the magnitude of it. V.
larose forest photos10-Jun-2013 20:04
Astonishing scene. It really does drive home the immensity of the flooding. V
Bill Miller10-Jun-2013 19:38
An amazing sight, and it takes a while to understand the scene.
Simon Chandler10-Jun-2013 19:31
Excellent composition to convey the scale of the flood. v
joseantonio10-Jun-2013 18:26
Very nice documentary report, Helen. That traffic light gives an idea of how high that water has gone.V.