Lake Serena, No. 2

Posted by Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 19 April 2014 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Here in central Arizona, the joke goes, a dried-up, rock-filled ditch is called a river and a river with water flowing in it is called a flood ... ba-da-boom! Because rain is so scarce here, very few storm sewers have been built. Instead, rain water is collected in the streets and funneled through them into washes, which do double-duty as parks, golf courses, and recreational areas when they are dry. Or in this instance, a lake. When it rains, overflows from the swales and washes on the far side of this road dump into Lake Serena via this spillway. At times, the water level has risen temporarily to almost as high as the bottom of the sign, making the sidewalk impassable without waders.

As an aside, during the day, this six-lane road (Shea Boulevard) is heavy with traffic, but at 1:42 am, which is when this photo was taken, sometimes minutes can pass between vehicles. In an effort to make this scene appear to be more dynamic, I photographed it both with and without cars passing over the bridge, but the vehicle-less version shown here was clearly the better of the two...