I've been doing a lot more short-form blogging lately because this summer has been uncharacteristically unpleasant for photography.
Asheville (and much of the surrounding area) has been seeing more rainfall over the past few weeks than what seems like ever before. Flash flood warnings, closed roads, and record-setting levels on local rivers have all made for a wet and dreary summer. The rafting business has been hit especially hard lately. Since the French Broad river is free-flowing and dependent entirely on rainfall, we're actually finding it impossible to run commercial trips at such a consistently high (and unsafe) water level. Business was especially hurt during this past July 4th weekend, which is typically booming. The upper limit for rafting is 12,000 cubic feet per second; you can see from this graph that the river has been bottoming out at 16,000 cfs for a few days. For reference, the average water level around this time is probably just under 2,000 cfs.
This means that All Terrain Images has been seeing depressingly low photo sales. I'm starting to forget what it means to be on the river and am really missing the warm, blue, sunny skies typically associated with the summer rafting season.
Hopefully the weather gets back to normal soon. In the meantime, I'll be scouring my archives for sunny photos to cure this summer nostalgia.