Watery Wednesday #42: Panning for Gold

19 Jan

Panning for gold – tourist style – in Skagway Alaska.  A trough representing Bonanza Creek was set up and each one is given a pan and asked to dig into the trough filled with water and soil/sand.  We managed to find three specks of gold, which I truly believed were planted there by the organizers to make the tourists happy.  Almost every one found at least one speck. 

Change topic for a bit:  We are on our second storm (5 are expected this week) today and it’s pouring, really pouring with strong gusts.  Too bad I can’t go out and photograph outside, there is so much water.  Hopefully I can take some snaps for next week’s go round.

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Posted by on January 19, 2010 in Watery Wednesday


15 responses to “Watery Wednesday #42: Panning for Gold

  1. Regina

    January 19, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Wow cool!

  2. J Bar

    January 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    That is cool.

  3. seniorhiker

    January 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    The operators have to keep the tourists happy or they will go out of business. Besides, it makes for a wonderful Watery Wednesday post! Keep safe in those storms that are coming your way.

  4. bw

    January 20, 2010 at 2:04 am

    nice pic with the highlight on the yellow color 🙂

  5. Ebie

    January 20, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I would love to go for the real panning adventure.

    Our weather here has been so unpredictable. This morning it was overcast and then at lunch time the sun was out and the skies turned blue until I came home.

    Take care with the drive in the rain.

  6. luna miranda

    January 20, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I love this photo…i wish i could learn how to do this.:p

    Panning for gold–that sounds exciting even when gold bits were put there for tourists. I remember seeing locals in Sagada panning for gold in a river but outsiders were not allowed to come closer. Stay dry and be careful driving in the storm.

  7. Carletta

    January 20, 2010 at 4:41 am

    I guess if I couldn’t really go to a creek and pan for real I’d want to find a speck at least in this arrangement. 🙂
    Love your processing of the photo.

  8. arabesque

    January 20, 2010 at 4:48 am

    i’ve been reviewing your posts and loving it! ^0^
    pretty shot on this one, highlighting the yellow guy on your right,then the b&w at the b.ground.
    and really gold stuff? wow! cool i should say,..
    i hope you’re safe there as storms were to be expected, better stay in the house for awhile. ^-^

  9. witsandnuts

    January 20, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Yellow and the B/W, very nice!

  10. Misalyn

    January 20, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Nice shot and cool experience too. I remember doing this in one of the creeks in Daet, Camarines Norte, it was fun. It will be easier if you will put some mercury though hazardousr to our skin.

  11. Randi, Sweden

    January 20, 2010 at 6:59 am

    What a cool place to visit.
    I can image how you feel in the storm. We have the same situation here – but no rain, only snow. I´m so tired of this and I hate the sound of the storms!!!

  12. Jossie

    January 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Great shot. I would love to do this one day.

  13. Martha

    January 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Cool shot! I love the editing!

    Stay safe and dry!

    Watery Wednesday

  14. Linnea

    January 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Love the effect of this. Yep…lots of rain. Yesterday I saw a gorgeous rainbow outside my office window in Hayward. I missed out on the thunderstorm that passed through though. Stay dry and safe!

  15. Postcards from Wildwood

    January 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    This photo really caught my eye. I love converting to B&W but leaving one colour showing, or leaving one part of the image in colour. You’ve done it to great effect here, with the gold colour and the panning for gold theme. Hope you have a good weekend – hope the rain lets up a bit. It’s raining here too…


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