Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Watery Wednesday ~ Now You See It, Now You Don't

A good season, eight years ago, the pond (dam) in the park
is full to the brim and overflowing to feed our winter creek.



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Same pond six years later, dry as a bone. No habitat for
waterbirds to breed and certainly no swimming hole for our
visiting grandchildren.

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This is from last year with a pair of wood ducks hoping for a
sufficient food source to raise a family on.
At present, and we are in our rainy season, there is even less
water in it. It looks like we are heading for another green drought
when there is enough rain to green up the pastures but no run
off or deep watering to ensure the health of trees. We are already
in our eigth year of drought and a number of deep wells have dried
up. . .the times they are a changin'.
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All photos enlargee for more detail.
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Thanks to 2sweetnsaxy we can show off some water if we have it.

21 comments:

  1. That's terrible to see the drought where you are! In Saskatchewan and the southern part of our province, it has rained so much that it caused major flooding. If you look at my gardening blog you can see for yourself. Too bad we can't share the moisture all around.

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  2. Yes we too are getting short of water. The beck which runs through our land and from which our livestock drink is almost dried up and no forecast of rain so far.

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  3. Your changing images so dramatically reveal the reality of climate change. It is not a pretty sight. Yet we will Have to adapt.

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  4. this is sad, i hope somehow by some miracle this will all change for the better.

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  5. Wow,that is a long time to have a drought.With this lack of water must come fire hazards.Be careful my friend.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  6. I hope it rains for you soon! Good rains.

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  7. I wish I could blow the rain out there.
    Have a great week Arija.

    Regina

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  8. It is quite alarming. Wish they were full again and looked as beautiful as ever.

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  9. Strange how that is happening in your part of Australia, while here on the Mornington Peninsula we are getting days and days of rain! We have only had 2 days of some sun over the last week and a half! Very interesting photos!

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  10. I know what it's like to have a bad drought although probably nothing like what you deal with regularly where you live. I knew ours was bad when every day the newspapers would say how many day of water we had in the reservoir to supply the city if we didn't get rain. Although that was 2007-2008 I'll never forget it and I can imagine how hard it must be for places where droughts are a common problem.

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  11. Wow..when there was water, it's a gorgeous place. I hope it won't be so dry this year for you..

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  12. Wow, it's hard to imagine an eight year drought. Do hope this changes for you and for the wildlife.
    An English Girl Rambles

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  13. Wow, we just had an unusually wet, cool spring--but there's no denying the effects of Global Warming.

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  14. Hope it will change..
    The first photo is wonderful and with great reflection.

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  15. That is a serious drought! Here people are complaining about the lawns going brown, but what you have is so much worse!

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  16. That pond on the top image almost looks like a mirror! Too sad to read that some water holes dried up. Water is so precious.

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  17. Can't believe a big pond could dry up like this. I just learn the term ebb tide. If your pond was the ebach, I might think it is a ebb tide.

    I ope you get more rain and revive the lake.

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  18. Oh my, Arija, not good! It makes me so sad to see trees dying of thirst!

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  19. Hi Arija, it is very shocking to see the difference in your pictures... there seems to be weather turmoil all over the world... it is hard to know what will happen.. or what we should do...

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  20. Awwwww, boy. That is heartbreaking. I'm going to start jigging around until the rain gods beg me to stop. Geez, to think the drought has been going on for that long.....

    Dearest Arija, thank you for your sweet and thoughtful visits. I am tickled pink that my husband and the Prof have something in common. Makes me feel even closer to you. :)

    Hope the rains are more plentiful this season.
    xoxoxo

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